Alternate Housing Options To Consider

One of the most important needs of every human being is shelter. We spend most of our lives working so that we can pay our mortgages and provide for our families. These homes have traditionally been brick and mortar houses, townhouses and condos. However, the truth of the matter is that not everyone desires to live in one of these typical city homes. In this article we will look at a few alternative housing options that can help you to live a greener lifestyle and find a home best suited to your personality.

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The first alternative housing option we will look at is the home made from shipping containers. As the name implies, the houses are made completely from shipping containers and they provide a modern and industrial look. You can build a small single person home using one container, or you can build a much larger family dwelling by connecting a few containers in a modular fashion. This is one of the most affordable ways to construct a home since shipping containers are relatively inexpensive in comparison to typical houses.

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Next, we will look at wooden pallet homes. The idea of creating homes out of wooden pallets was envisioned by an architectural firm, I-Beam design. They initially created these homes for people who were displaced after a disaster and for refugees in the post war Kosovo. The pallet homes were supposed to provide affordable and temporary shelter to these displaced groups. However, pallet homes are now being used all around the world and have been designed to become much more permanent structures. This is an extremely affordable and environmentally friendly way to build a home and the cost of building a small shelter would only cost approximately $500. Best of all, since this home is made out of pallets, it is easy to reconfigure the rooms and even move the entire home if needed.

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Thirdly, we will look at earth houses, also known as earth berms or an earth sheltered home. As the name indicates, earth homes are built with part of them within the earth and the natural terrain of the land is used to form the main walls of the house. These homes often look like hobbit homes from the Lord of the Rings and this is actually one of the main appeals of living in these homes. They are both beautiful and extremely energy efficient which makes them a prime choice for a nature lover.

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In closing, there are many other types of alternative homes available such as homes made of beer bottles, earth bag homes, geodesic homes, free spirit spheres, tree houses and so much more. As you can see, there are many different types of alternative homes available and you never have to settle for the ordinary!

5 Best Alternatives of WhatsApp Messenger

Recently the biggest social media site on the planet, Facebook, has bought popular messaging app WhatsApp. For those who have been avoiding handing their personal data over to the giant conglomerate, a switch in messaging services may be on the table.

It’s no secret that WhatsApp bases its service on phone numbers as opposed to handles and usernames. Therefore, Facebook has just bought a huge list of private phone numbers. It’s no wonder that so many people are worried about their information right now.

Thankfully there are other good test messaging replacement apps available in the UK. Below, we take a look at some of these apps to help you decide who to switch to.

Line

The biggest competitor to WhatsApp is Line, a hugely popular app that lets you send not only text messages and images to other users, but also video, audio, and even phone calls over the internet. You can even video conference with it.

Don’t worry for one minute that your phone probably isn’t compatible with Line. It runs on Windows and OS X, as well as just about every mobile platform. Think iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and a host of others.

Kik Messenger

If you would like to send messages, video, and images over your data connection as opposed to your service one, then you may want to look into Kik Messenger. It works on smartphones, and even bypasses your operating system’s installed web browser by using its own. You can share things you’re browsing directly with your friends through Kik.

Viber

Viber was born as a direct competitor to Skype, offering free voice calling. It has since expanded to many platforms. Recently, Japanese e-commerce king Rakuten has bought it out for over $900 million.

Available on almost every platform, computer and mobile, that you can imagine, Viber is one of the most accessible messenger services out there.

While you can send texts, pictures, and video messages on your computer, voice calling is limited to your mobile device.

Google Hangouts

For a long time Google had trouble unifying its messaging platforms, meaning people using different devices may have difficulties communicating with each other. Google rectified this in 2013 by launching Google Hangouts.

Hangouts is available on Android, iPhone, and desktops. Users can send text and pictures, while also utilizing video calls and group messaging features. Read states and typing indicators make this a popular choice, as well as it being integrated into Gmail.

Skype

While Skype is best known for its voice and video calling features, it also has a great instant messaging service.

Not only is Skype available on desktops and mobile phones, but it can also be used via home phones, TVs, and game consoles. It’s a bit of a resource hog, but lets you send texts, images, voice messages, videos, and even group messages.