The modern Hobbit hole (Switzerland).
Walk through any random suburban neighborhood. What do you see?
More than likely the answer to that question is “the same thing, over and over.” For many cities, the neighborhoods in the suburbs will look pretty similar. It’s not a bad thing, but building rows of houses of a similar style is pretty common. Living amongst friends and neighbors that have a similar lifestyle to yours can be a supportive and wonderful part of life.
However, those cookie cutter neighborhoods are why it’s so refreshing to see unique homes and hotels like the ones below. These structures range from inner city living to the country, from costing a lot of money to very little. The most important thing behind these designs isn’t the money; it’s the inspiration.
Grain silo homes. These homes can be built to be energy efficient. Plus, they use recycled materials.
An underground home (Greece).
This home, built into a hill in the desert, is completely camouflaged and energy-friendly.
Converted water tower home (England).
Homeowners Leigh Osborne and Graham Voce converted this water tower in just months into a luxury home in the middle of London.
Fallingwater (Pennsylvania). This home was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 and is now a beautiful National Historic Landmark.
He originally designed it for his clients, the Kaufmann family.
Drina River home (Serbia).
For 40 years, this tiny home has been perched on a rock in the middle of this beautiful setting.
Most of the house is underground, but they built in an outside patio with stunning views.
Residence of Daisen (Japan). Instead of clearing out a forest for this home, designers built the structure to naturally weave in and out of the trees.
The Dome Home (Thailand). Built by one man and a few hired hands…
This dome home in Thailand was built cheaply on a grove.
It’s a unique dream home that didn’t break the bank by Steve Areen.
Izaak Walton Inn (Montana). At this property, you can stay in cars that were actually used on the Great Northern Railway.
The historic cabooses are currently being used as hotel accommodations.
Nomad micro home.
For less than $30k, you can purchase one of these self-sustaining tiny houses.
Hank Bought A Bus. This school bus-turned-home was an experiment by a man named Hank.
He converted it himself, with an awesome outcome.
The 727 at Hotel Costa Verde (Costa Rica).
This hotel refurbished a vintage 1965 Boeing 727 airframe and made it into a luxury suite.
Shipping container homes.
The Glass House (West Virginia).
Owned by Nick Olsen and Lilah Horwitz, this home was created out of refurbished windows.
Tiny house. Macy Miller built this house to get away from mortgages and stress. It cost only $11k.
A home built in a cave (Missouri). It took more than 4 years to build this home, which has self-regulated heating and cooling.
Floating House. Designed by Dymitr Malcew, this is a concept built for a French designer who specialized in floating structures.
“The Floating house was designed for people who appreciate freedom and nature at their doorstep.”
The Hobbit House (Wales). This is a low-impact, woodland home.
It was built by Simon & Jasmine Dale and only took 4 months to complete.
If you are ever house-hunting in the future, remember: it’s not about who has the biggest and best house. Find a place to live that truly speaks to you, no matter what it looks like on the outside. Being unique can be an incredibly good thing, especially if you have one of these epic homes. Share them with others, click on the button below.