People have been taking customization and personalization to a whole new level. Across the world, home designs are becoming way more clever, no matter if it was meant to impress, to be practical or just cheap. These unconventional houses are just some of the most ambitious and inspiring architectural structures out there. Check them out!
12. Sustainable Micro Home
NOMAD is an affordable alternative if you like to be the owner of your own home. This is a micro home developed by designer Ian Lorne Kent, that was meant to set you back only $30,000; it measures 10′ x 10′, although it leaves the impression of being more spacious than that. According to the designer, you could very well assemble it yourselves, with a friend.
11. Grain Silo Homes
There are numerous conversions of empty silos into homes. However, the space they provide is desirable while also being cost-effective. These energy-efficient alternative homes usually provide 1,500 to 2,000 square feet of living space. But Don & Carolyn Riedlinger of Gilbert, Arizona had other things in mind: they combined three grain bins, resulting in this silo mansion. Nice!
10. Water Tower Home
After purchasing an old water tower in central London, Leigh Osborne and Graham Voce spent 8 months renovating, which is why we now get to look at this odd yet modern home. This is a multilevel apartment, constructed at the center of the tower; it provides its inhabitants with large windows, as well as the actual water tank at the top which features boasts a 360° view of the city. Looks like an urban aquarium, if you ask me.
9. School Bus Home
Architecture student Hank Butitta decided to start work on what I’ve been thinking for a while. Heappleid his skills on an old school bus he bought off of Craigslist, after which he he redesigned and transformed it into a modular mobile home. He used salvaged gym floors and stretched plywood to line the interior of the bus. It took him 15 weeks to complete the project, but it was worth it.
8. Boeing 727 House
The frame of a 1965 Boeing 727 isn’t what people usually consider home, but it has nonetheless been incorporated into one in Costa Rica. This plane was salvaged and transformed into a 2-bedroom suite; with its fuselage lined with small windows. The old airplane was bought for $2,000 from a San Jose airport resting place, moved for $4,000 and renovated for $24,000. Not bad, actually!
7. Shipping Container Home
Four 40-foot shipping containers are comprised within the home known as El Tiemblo House, in the province of Ávila in Spain. It was designed by studio James & Mau Arquitectura and built by Infiniski, measures 2,045-square feet and took about six months to construct for around 140,000 euros. Like it?
6. House of Salvaged Windows
Coming in at very cheap, costing roughly $500 in total to construct, this unique cabin was built by photographer Nick Olson and designer Lilah Horwitz. The two spent a few months salvaging discarded windows, and put them al together to create a home in the mountains of West Virginia.
5. Tiny House
The Tiny House was built by architect Macy Miller and, at 196 square feet, this is the most compact residence you will ever see. After two years of hard work and clever DIY efforts this tiny house became her home, although she continues to improve it. It’s cozy, isn’t it?
4. Floating House
Designed by architect Dymitr Malxew, the Floating House is not that really difficult to crack. The soothing mobile home was built atop a buoyant platform which keeps everything above the water while having a minimal impact on the environment. The views must be absolutely superb!
3. Dome Dream Home
6 weeks of work and $9,000 budget after they came up with the idea, Steve Areen built himself this dream home in Thailand. The house includes a lounging space, a hammock, a personal pond, with everything inside the dome fabricated out of all-natural materials.
2. Hobbit House
Photographer Simon Dale spent £3,000 and transformed a plot of land in the woods into a home worthy of a Lord of the Rings shire. The woodland eco-home was constructed in about of 4 months and features scrap wood for flooring, lime plaster for the walls, bales of straw on dry-stone walling, a compost toilet, solar panels for power, and a supply of water acquired through a nearby spring.
1. House Balancing on a Rock
This one is pretty awesome! The house has been sitting on a rock in Serbia for over 45 years, being a perfect resting spot for swimmers of the lake who need a place to rest comfortably. It was first imagined back in 1968 by a group of young swimmers and built the next year as a one-room home. How in the world did they get a permit for that?