An Overview of Alternative Housing Designs: Part 1

Adobe kitchen
Adobe kitchen

From Temperate Climate Permaculture: “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 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”


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