While products such as wood, concrete and glass are among the most common materials used in today’s modern homes, the designs and materials people have used over millennia are many and varied.
If you can’t afford the home you want or you would enjoy living in a home that is contrary to “the norm”, we’ve got you covered.
1. Shipping containers
Perhaps you’ve seen those lovely “man caves” or offices that people have set up using a shipping container, but one look at this home and you realize the true potential of this unconventional housing option.
2. Pallet housing
According to pallet house expert David Reed of Texas Natural Building, “I have been building residential homes for 24 years, a know structural stability inside and out, the strength of a pallet home is comparable to that of a conventionally framed home.”
Since pallet house building uses repurposed pallets in its construction, you’re not only saving money, but you’re also helping the environment by using wood that was already harvested and processed.
3. Repurposed shed or barn
Speaking of reusing, if you already have a barn or a shed you can easily turn it into a living space. This is a good idea if you’re running out of space in your current home or you have adult kids moving back home.
4. Silo Home
Yes, nearly any structure it seems can be turned into a home!
Instead of storing grain, these silos store people and their belongings!
5. Geodesic dome
Finally, geodesic homes are versatile. They are suitable for a wide variety of climates; from the desert to areas with subzero temps and massive snow loads, people all across the globe have successfully used these structures as homes.
According to Pacific Domes, “a dome encloses the largest volume of interior space with the least amount of surface area, thus saving on materials and cost. Since a dome is free standing, air and energy circulate without obstruction, enabling natural heating and cooling.”
Who says you have to be just like anyone else? After all, as the saying goes, “home is where the heart is”, so if you “heart” where you live, then you’re home!