Most of us have a pretty good idea in our heads of what a house should look like. They usually follow the same conventions using similar materials, designs and layouts. However some of the unique houses we’ll show you on this list turn that convention upside-down and redefine what a home can look like. It’s not only the location, but also the materials and design that make a property stand out from the crowd.
Shipping container houses take recycling to the next level. Not only are shipping containers extremely durable, but they’re very abundant, with an estimated 17 million of them around the world. If you do it correctly, shipping container houses can be a cost effective and eco friendly way to build a unique looking modern home.
Sources – Thrilllist, Archdaily, architectureandhygiene.
These aren’t your childhood treehouses, these are the real deal. Each of these has it’s own interesting backstory on why they were built (see below), but one thing is clear, that it took some serious carpentry skills to make all three of these awesome tree digs.
A truly amazing and award winning architectural marvel, this 4 bedroom family home in southern England repurposes an old tower to act as the front door and foyer. With the majority of the house underground, this is certainly a home like no other (unless you scroll down to the next home on our list).
Built for former Manchester United superstar Gary Neville, this 8,000 square-foot home is built almost completely into the hillside. It is also designed and outfitted to be as friendly as possible, featuring its own solar panels and wind turbines that can power the entire house.
The story of this former U.S Forest Service fire lookout started when Alan Colley and Dabney Tompkins realized just how many of these were left unused and the scenic views they offered. So the two sold their large house and quit their jobs for a secluded life with the best view of the Umpqua National Forest. You can check out their full story here!
Well…if you have $4 to $12 million to spend on a house, then maybe you should consider building it underwater. Imagine the luxury and pure “wow factor” of having an underwater home! However the novelty could wear off after a few months, as the cost of upkeep (to avoid flooding) and limited access to land could become an issue. See here to get for info on the H2ome.
Talk about living on the edge! This architectural marvel called Casa Brutale went viral on the internet, which sparked this concept design into a project that will actually get off the ground. This truly unique house will be built into a cliff in Lebanon, although its not clear when the project will actually get off the ground.
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Chris is an editor and writer for Welcome Mat. He is based out of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.