If you read my article on building an intentional community, you’ll see that I am strongly recommending bypassing the traditional mortgage path and promoting build-it-yourself, alternative housing. I have shared a few posts in the past on some of the alternative housing options, but I thought it would be fun to give a brief overview of the more common (of the overall uncommon) alternative housing options that are available today.
Obviously, the photos in this article are just a sampling of what exists and what is possible. These photos are meant to give a general sense of what a building style looks like.
As I started to put this article together, I realized it was going to be photo intensive. I decided to break it up into a few parts:
- Part one covers Adobe, Earthbag, SuperAdobe, and Cob Homes.
- Part two covers Straw-Bale, Earthship, Earth-Sheltered, and Cordwood Homes.
- Part three covers Geodesic Domes, Wood Pallet Homes, Shipping Container Homes, Yurts, and Hexayurts
Tooday, we will cover Small Houses, Modular Homes, and Hybrid Homes…
Small House: This is more of a concept than a specific building design. These homes are typically less than 1,000 square feet (92 sq meters), and often significantly less, but the goal remains the same: maimize good design and minimize wasted space and cost. One big advantage to these homes is that they are often mobile!
Modular Home: This is another concept instead of a specific building design. These are prefabricated homes consisting of multiple sections (modules). The modules are designed and built off-site, delivered to the site, and assembled on-site. I am only showing these homes to be complete in my listings of alternative home designs. Almost any style of home can be modular. These are quick to build and are usually cheaper than traditional site-built homes, but they are not necessarily better for the environment or the inhabitants.
Hybrid Home: There are no rules for what constitutes a hybrid home. Any design that incorporates more than one method of construction qualifies. Here are just a few examples…
Here is an amazing video (television show) on how Ben Law built his home in the woods…
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