Unusual House Plans

Thinking and Building Outside The Box

Most people opt for traditional homes, not unusual house plans that stand out from the crowd.

Traditional homes are basically square or rectangular in shape, set on a foundation at ground level or set into a sloping hill, and they fit in well with the other homes in the neighborhood around them.  They tend to be of average size or larger.

But if you’re not your average home builder and you’re willing to think outside the box, consider these unusual house plans that will definitely get a second look from people passing by your home. Particularly if you don’t need a lot of living space, some of these small home options might be just right for you.  For instance, did you know that adults are building tree houses to live in? That’s right, tree houses aren’t just for kids anymore. There are tree house plans you can incorporate that let you build your very own fully functional home in a tree.

If you’re not all that crazy about heights, you might want to consider sticking a little closer to the ground.  How about under ground? There are many cool house plans that actually promote building your next home burrowed into the ground.  And one of the reasons these homes are popular is because they really arecool … in temperature, that is. In an extremely hot climate, an underground home is a great way to save on air conditioning costs and still live comfortably.

How about taking to the water? Some creative people are opting to live in houseboats or floating homes instead of putting down roots on land.  You’ll find these among the more sensible unusual house plans available today. And of course, one of the great things about this option is that you can move your home whenever you like. The difference between a houseboat and a floating home is the floating home is actually a homewith all the amenities a land home has, but set on stringers (the wooden or hollow metal floats) and tied to a “slip” with running water, electricity and city-like drains.

Mobile home options are expanding these days. In fact, many people like the freedom of relocating without having to buy a new house. They can take their home with them wherever they go. Reminiscent of the old gypsy caravans, today people are converting large trucks (even old garbage trucks!), semi trailers, and other portable structures into really unusual homes on wheels. Similar to a mobile home or travel trailer for camping and vacationing, these cool house plans incorporate everything you need to live in them in a very practical, compact space. These unusual house plans are adapted specifically for do-it-yourselfers who want to save money and live small in a permanent mobile home. Hmmmmmm … gives a whole new meaning to the term Trailer Trash, doesn’t it.

Looking for even more unusual house plans? You can get some great ideas from some very odd and unique homes that have been constructed all around the world, most of which are huge tourist attractions today because they are so unusual. And that could be an ingenious way to help pay your monthly mortgage … by building a home so unusual that you could charge admission and seasonally open your home to tours! Kaaaa-ching!

For instance, the Bubble House—built by architect Antti Lovag — is an exercise in originality, contemporary design, and bubble shapes. Located in Tourette-sur-Loup not far from Nice, France, is another home that is anything but small. And the price tag far exceeds anything most home builders could imagine. But, it could provide inspiration for a small-scale version with a very unusual house plan you could create yourself!

Alex Jordan, Jr. built his famous “House on a Rock” in Spring Green, Wisconsin, not far from Madison. This unusual home isn’t small by any stretch of the imagination (unless you count the low ceilings and narrow hallways), and it became far more than just a home with it’s incredible museum of collections housed within. But it is definitely unusual.

So …are you starting to feel like stepping out of the box yourself? Well, take a deep breath, and be sure to check the building codes in your area!

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