8 Absurdly Innovate Ways People Have Built Homes

  • March 17, 2014
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It seems like these days most homes are of the cookie cutter variety. Drive around any neighborhood and the houses all look the same, and apartments aren’t much better. There’s simply not much by way of originality or uniqueness out there when it comes to the real estate market. Except it turns out, there absolutely is. You just need to be innovative and creative. It also helps to have a ton of cash on hand, but as you’ll see from some of these homes, that’s not always essential.


The Missile Silo House

If you’re an evil genius and you’re looking for a new place to lay your head, well, you can’t do much better than an old missile silo. They are hidden from site, deep below the surface all around the American Midwest, and believe it or not a ton of them have come up for sale over the years. The cost of an old nuclear missile silo varies, and over the years some people have been able to snatch them up for around $100,000 or sometimes even less. However, it’s worth every penny if you spend most of your nights dreaming up schemes and plots to overthrow governments and possibly monologue to James Bond.


The Water Tower House

Water tower homes are surprisingly popular these days, with intrepid dreamers – who are also often filthy rich and have some architectural know-how, by the way – purchasing old water towers and converting them to luxury homes. Some of them are water towers that sit atop city roofs, while others are the big, standalone water towers you see on the horizon whenever you drive through the country. One of the most famous is in Belgium, which was built around the time of World War II and can house a single family.


The Shipping Container House

One of the most surprising things you’ll learn with this list is that, apparently, making houses out of shipping containers is surprisingly common. And when we say shipping container, we mean the giant, heavy duty, steel shipping containers that haul goods across oceans. That’s why we aren’t going to focus on one, because they’re becoming so common it’s more fun to just talk about the general amenities they tend to feature. They’re surprisingly efficient and extremely durable, and have become a favorite of “green” home builders for those very reasons. It’s also astonishing just how luxurious some people are able to make them with a little effort. Plus, they’re great in the event of a zombie apocalypse, so there’s that to consider as well.


The Train Car House

If you’re ever in the Portland, Oregon area you can find the Train Car House, which is exactly what it sounds like. The train car that houses, well, the house still sits near some old, abandoned tracks, and was converted from a sleeper car into a fully habitable house. It’s valued at about $225,000, with the added bonus of not being subject to property taxes since it isn’t technically real estate. It’s a big, spacious home with a fully operational electric kitchen, a toilet, a bedroom, and oh yeah, high speed internet, of course, all in an area of 807 square feet.