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.
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.
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.
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.
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!