It’s well documented that human beings are largely creatures of habit, and builders and subcontractors are no exception.

The argument for sticking to conventions is sound: Yesterday’s methods and materials have track records for outlasting the 30-year mortgages securing most new homes, while they also hold familiar places in budgets and spec sheets (not to mention schedules).

But despite these facts, BUILDER recently tracked down five alternative construction methods that are gaining ground among builders because they help them to save time, money, headaches—or all of the above—while also producing better results for their homeowners.

In researching the story, editors discovered some products that haven't quite hit the mainstream but seem poised to do so. Maybe one of them could be the next big thing when it comes to building better houses?

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