Guides to alternative homes
Yurts are cheap to build and energy efficient. If the neighbours are rowdy or the view becomes boring, pack up and move the whole house to somewhere else.
Fully biodegradable and no carbon footprint, igloos are not just for Eskimos. Plenty of ice for cocktails but warm weather clothing is essential.
Treehouses are not just for kids — Tarzan and Jane set up home high in the jungle branches so why can’t you?
Dig this book - cut down on heating costs with perfect insulation but the lawn is on your roof in this topsy-turvy dwelling. Views are some what limited.
Dome sweet dome and so futuristic — you too could live in a huge spherical object.
The ultimate urban modern dwelling? A home created entirely from recycled materials.
Tipis are probably the ultimate tent — warm, dry, robust and portable.
Little more than a mixture of sand, clay and water — Adobe has been around for 4,000 years. Can you see dry wall being used in 6008?
Another ancient building material first used a thousand years ago, cob (that’s adobe with straw) can withstand fire and earthquakes. A cob wall can be up to a yard thick — makes hanging pictures easy!
Sand, gravel and clay is compressed and then dried to make a material that’s basically solid rock — probably been used for thousands of years.