Top 9 Unique Alternative Housing Ideas

Top 9 Unique Alternative Housing Ideas
Top 9 Unique Alternative Housing Ideas. Photo – Adobe Stock (under license)

We discovered a great tutorial on alternative housing ideas; the link is after our commentary. There are enormous possibilities and potential with some very inexpensive materials you see around you – some of which might even be considered as junk at first glance. Are you aware that wheat, rice, or oats straw bales, earth in bags, old tires (really!) or to-be-recycled bottles in your garage can be surprisingly good structural elements for a dream off-the-grid home? There are also other reasons beside cost why you might want not to use standard new materials; such as the environmental impact.

A wide array of alternative housing options have emerged of late, quite possibly spurred on by how today’s economy has negatively affected the construction industry and made homes that rely on traditional but rather expensive components more of a challenge to acquire. However alternative housing revolves not only around saving money, but also around the preference to “downsize” and to use building materials other than those that degrade the environment or deplete our natural resources. It’s amazing what you can make from recycled, reclaimed or even scavenged (legally of course!) building materials here. And of course, compared to “ordinary” housing, there’s the possibility to save tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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So here is a great list of ideas (with great photos) to open your mind to some of the possibilities. The list even includes shipping containers, affordable straw bale homes and even surprisingly decent structures made from pallets, which sometimes come free in most places. Alternatively, try earth sheltering à la Hobbit for some protection against the weather; or recycled bottles to add a breath of beautiful uniqueness to your shelter. There are other options still, check them out:

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