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8 Kinds of Houses to die for

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HOUSE MM, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

This house is featured at The Annual World Architecture Festival, 16 to 18 November 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

This house is featured at The Annual World Architecture Festival, 16 to 18 November 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

The Red House, Auckland, New Zealand

This house is also featured at The Annual World Architecture Festival, 16 to 18 November 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

This house is also featured at The Annual World Architecture Festival, 16 to 18 November 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

Your home is your where your heart is

  • Your house should be your home; a place where you can relax and unwind. I should be the place where you live the way you want to, where you can sleep late or get up early. It might be a big dwelling or maybe only a smaller one is affordable; fact remains you choose your home according to your own likes and dislikes.
  • Keep it neat or cluttered, use antique or new furniture, get a garden going or not. Your company might be your favorite pet or the animals of nature, it is all up to you. Or you can live in the house that is comfortable for the whole family.

I have died and gone to heaven...this is so cool

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1. Old houses

  • It is always interesting to see how the people lived who came before us. They did not live in cities or cluster housing the way that modern people do. They got hold of a piece of land and then found the best place to build a house.
  • I love the idea of the seclusion and the fact that trees provide shelter against sun and rain.


Old houses

Old house .....old picture....complete with the residents of the time

Old house .....old picture....complete with the residents of the time

The splendor of yesteryear

The splendor of yesteryear

2. Tiny houses

  • The shape and sizes of small houses differ; what they all have in common though, is the fact that they are compact and the use of space is optimized.
  • The houses in the pictures are placed in different kinds of environments to suit the preference and lifestyle of the homeowners. A permanent tiny living space can be on water and can be on a houseboat or on a yacht.
  • Furthermore, a tiny house can also have a dedicated style - as with other places of permanent residence, the design leaves nothing to the imagination.
  • Although the living quarters in these tiny houses seem cramped, all available space is utilized and used to the maximum. All the necessary features of a standard house in incorporated in the tiny space; this includes a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom (or 2) and a living space.
  • The inhabitants tend to expand their living to the outside of the house and for this reason they make the most of the veranda. There one will find chairs and tables from where they can watch the sun set or where dinner can be served.

Tiny homes

3. Houses on wheels

  • Many people still have the frontier spirit or are gypsies at heart, so a camper or a house that can be moved from place to place will fit their lifestyle of choice. Campers are something different; they have caravans and motor homes that they use on occasion for holidays and road trips.
  • Construction workers often have to put up house wherever the job is and nothing can be easier than moving your house on wheels from site to site.

Advantages:

  • No mortgage
  • Move if you don't like your neighbours
  • Choose a quieter neighbourhood
  • No rates and taxes
  • Appease the gypsey spirit in you...
  • No need to pack and unpack every time you move

Houses on wheels

This is a very pretty house on wheels. Does it ever get towed? Cannot say but who cares when it is so pleasing to the eye.

This is a very pretty house on wheels. Does it ever get towed? Cannot say but who cares when it is so pleasing to the eye.

This little home is just right for 2 people. The bathroom comes with a toilet and shower. There is a water heater under the kitchen sink which can give you about 5 minutes of hot water for a shower.

This little home is just right for 2 people. The bathroom comes with a toilet and shower. There is a water heater under the kitchen sink which can give you about 5 minutes of hot water for a shower.

You don't have to give up luxuries when opting for a house on wheels - get one with its very own hot tub!

You don't have to give up luxuries when opting for a house on wheels - get one with its very own hot tub!

This is the hot-tub-house on the inside.

This is the hot-tub-house on the inside.

Sleeping arrangements in the hot-tub-house

Sleeping arrangements in the hot-tub-house

4. Modern houses

There is no denying the fact that modern houses come with modern conveniences:

  • Kitchens with the best in appliances that one can think of.
  • Swimming pools for hot summer days and early morning exercise.
  • Bathrooms with double showers and wash basins, one for him and one for her.
  • Television, cinematic and audio systems to dream about.
  • Dining tables with seating for 12 or 24.
  • The best sea, bush or city view that can be bought.
  • Large glass doors opening onto outside living spaces.
  • Built in cupboards, bunks and desks for convenience and effect.

Modern designs

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houses-to-die-for

5. Minimalist houses

  • The Japanese have taken this to the extreme with their houses built with bamboo and interiors devoid of furniture. Having said this, one can de-clutter any living space by throwing out items not regularly used. Something like: use it or lose it.
  • Do we really need all the stuff that surround us? Or should we only keep what is functional and necessary?

Minimalist houses

Minimalist house consisting of 2 sections. The living space is on top and the sleeping quarters below ground to restrict noise and other disturbances.

Minimalist house consisting of 2 sections. The living space is on top and the sleeping quarters below ground to restrict noise and other disturbances.

The simple design of the Japanese house

The simple design of the Japanese house

Simple living space

Simple living space

6. Environmentally friendly houses

Many people go all out and try to get a total grip on all the environmental aspects of their homes. This however costs money, something not everyone has. But every small step is a step in favour of mother earth and what she gives us.

  • So, start with one thing at a time; maybe have solar panels installed to harvest the energy the sun gives us free of charge - use this to warm household water.
  • Alternatively you can let your household water run into the garden.
  • Replace plants with indigenous ones that will not require an excessive amount of water.

Environmentally friendly abodes

Would love a house like this where all factors have been considered.

Would love a house like this where all factors have been considered.

A dune house

A dune house

Solar panels to harvest sun energy

Solar panels to harvest sun energy

7. Beach houses

  • A house by the sea, is that not what many people dream about? To wake up to the sound of waves breaking, to have an unobstructed view over the ocean or to be able to dive into the sea water must be the ultimate in human desires. Surfing, diving, swimming or a stroll on the beach - now you are talking my language!
  • Those who can afford it build large homes but what is required is really just a basic place with the basic amenities and the wide open space over the beach.

Beach houses

Modern beach house

Modern beach house

Another dream come true...

Another dream come true...

Can it get any closer - a beach house in East Sussex, UK

Can it get any closer - a beach house in East Sussex, UK

8. Rustic Homes

  • A home in the country is a dream for many, to have a house to match that dream must be the ultimate in happiness.
  • When you build your log house, make sure you build it with large windows to make to most of the views of the valley and mountains.

The Master Bedroom in a beautiful Rustic House with views of nature

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Comments

Esmé (author) from South Africa on August 26, 2015:

I like the sound of that. I like the ocean and trees and to have a home in that setting must be divine.

Dan Harmon from Boise, Idaho on August 26, 2015:

A most interesting collection of housing concepts. My area has lots of log homes, set back into the forest or a lakefront, and many are beautiful beyond words.

Esmé (author) from South Africa on July 30, 2015:

Thanks for comment, I also like the small one, they are too cute.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on July 30, 2015:

I like the house on wheels actually and the modern beach houses. I think they're cool!

Interesting hub and I enjoyed it!

Esmé (author) from South Africa on November 21, 2014:

You are a star!

I'm also a minimalist, or trying to be.....

Stephanie Launiu from Hawai'i on November 21, 2014:

What an interesting hub! I live in a beach house in Hawai'i, but the other types of homes are fascinating. I'm tending more towards minimalism, although I have quite a way to go. Too much stuff! Voted up, tweeted and pinned. Aloha, Stephanie

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