Sand is used with cement, and sometimes lime, to make mortar for masonry work and plaster. Sand is also used as a part of the concrete mix. An important low-cost building material in countries with high sand content soils is the Sandcrete block, which is weaker but cheaper than fired clay bricks.Concrete A wet mixture of sand, gravel, cement and water which is used to create building foundations, footpaths or roads, and other elements in building construction. The wet mixture then dries to create a strong, solid material. Daub A soft coating of mud or clay to hold a wall together.The materials list is a listing of every material in the plan according to Home Designer. But you may want to modify it to fit your needs. Estimating Material Costs. You can easily add your suppliers prices to the Materials List in Home Designer Pro and see an instant estimated cost for each material.Finishing work is the concluding stage of construction; in many cases, the overall quality of a building or structure being put into service depends on the quality of its execution. The main types of finishing work include facing, plastering, flooring (and parquetry), painting, wallpapering, and glazing.Walls. You can also add insulation to existing walls without removing drywall, by cutting holes in the exterior siding. Blow either loose fill cellulose or spray foam into walls from the outside, with similar techniques.Building construction is the process of adding structure to real property. The vast majority of building construction projects are small renovations, such as addition of a room, or renovation of a bathroom. Often, the owner of the property acts as laborer, paymaster, and design team for the entire project.Most structural sheathings do not add much insulation value. Common structural sheathings include plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), wafer board, and exterior gypsum board. When choosing plywood, OSB, or wafer-board panels, be sure they are rated as wall sheathing and choose an appropriate thickness.