Choosing the Perfect Alternative Home For Your Lifestyle

by Rachel Laurendeau on August 17, 2012

Have you ever wondered what kinds of options exist if you don’t want to live in a traditional home?

Houseboat – This particular housing alternative offers a completely different ambiance that is provided by living on the water, usually in a very natural setting. There is much less maintenance than a regular land-based home since you don’t have a yard to maintain and generally have considerably less square footage to upkeep. There is, of course, general care like painting, caulking, window washing and maintaining the exterior and bottom to keep them in top shape. Additionally, many people take the time to customize their houseboat through home improvements to make it work perfectly for their particular needs. Rather than paying for a land and property taxes, be prepared to pay marina moorage fees which often include electricity and water.

RV – The ultimate in freedom! Living in a recreational vehicle offers the ability to travel in the comfort of your own home. You may be somewhat restricted by the seasons but many people who live in camper-trailers spend several months at a time in RV parks and then move along to their next destination as the seasons change. Long-term RV parks typically offer a number of services to their tenants ranging anywhere from laundry mats to pools to recreational facilities and halls to internet access which all contribute in creating a sense of community. RV sites have water and electrical hook-ups and most have sewer service for dumping. If you are looking for a good long-term spot, make sure you make your reservations in advance so you aren’t left disappointed.

Earth-Based Housing – in the United States, earth-based houses are typically one of four types: rammed earth, adobe, cob and straw bale. The first three basically use only earth in their house’s structure but straw bale uses straw covered in earth. Adobe is better for hot climates, such as in New Mexico, since the houses are constructed out of earthen bricks that have to dry out in the hot sun for several days. The other three types can generally be adapted to varying climates. When it comes to earth-based homes, most people want to build their own. However, for the less seasoned homebuilders, it is quite possible to work with general contractors who are experienced in this type of construction in order to make the process less stressful.

If you’ve ever thought that living differently sounds appealing, one of these alternative housing options might just be the right one for you.

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