Unconventional Housing

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by MagsC, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Minnesota
    I have been thinking on and off about doing something really different, right now just playing with the idea.
    But I am curious, what are some of the most unconventional housing ideas you have come across.
    The ones I like are: a lighthouse, a church, a hobbit hole (there really ARE instructions online for that,lol.)
     

  2. DragonEggs

    DragonEggs Songster

    May 11, 2010
    Borger, TX
    An xBF of mine lived in a hobbit hole. Literally, if you approaced the house from the back all you saw was a green grassy hill. Then when you drove around and down the front you could see the front of the house. They had a round door custom built and installed not long ago.

    Edited to add: I saw on the news that an old couple bought an old roadside public bathroom and converted it into their dreamhouse. Its just off a highway but has an AMAZING view of the ocean!
     
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  3. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Minnesota
    I have seen pictures of those "hobbit holes". Very interesting. I love the round doors! Did it have round windows as well?
     
  4. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    I wanted to live in a travel trailer and just go wherever, whenever I wanted. Then I married a man with a house and 2 kids....end of dream [​IMG] We have discussed finding a cave with a large mouth to it, and building our livingroom around it, and the rest of the house around the livingroom [​IMG] I STILL would love to do THAT!
     
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    a cave..
    I saw a house hunters show once and these people were looking to buy this awesome house built into the side of a mountain/cave.. totaly cool. [​IMG]
     
  6. Quote:Examples.... (yes I just had to google it)
    http://www.simondale.net/house/
    http://www.ourhobbithole.com/links.html
    http://www.tenchford.com/hobbit house.html

    Saw that in Ft Worth they tried selling the idea of Railroad Cargo/Shipping Containers...

    There are ones that use multiple containers like http://isbu2you.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/container-city.jpg

    Then
    there are plans for a single container home like http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/uimages/ny/9-25-08shipping3.jpg

    One
    site, this is all they do... http://www.conhouse.com/
     
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  7. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

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    Quote:Yep TOTALLY cool...stays around 65 degrees inside the house year round WITHOUT CH&A!!!! That is the draw for us to live in a cave...perfect temps, without the bill [​IMG] It'd be a huge positive step toward self sufficiency.
     

  8. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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  10. twentynine

    twentynine Songster

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    Had some one on here that had some people building a yurt in the backyard.
     

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