Owning a home doesn’t have to mean buying a three bedroom house with a big backyard, dining room, living room, and kitchen. A home is whatever you make it. Many people choose to live in alternative style houses such as homes carved out of sea rock, tiny homes, tree houses, or houseboats. Whether people want to save space, live right by the sea, or sleep among the trees, there are many unique options for them.
Tiny homes are mini houses people live in that are between 9-37 square meters, and some tiny homes even have wheels. Many people are choosing smaller homes over bigger ones so they can live a simpler life. With tiny homes, you can travel around the world and visit friends and family whenever you want. If you live in a tiny house, you can spend more time with your family because the space is so tiny. You even save money on tiny houses as you don’t have to pay a cleaner to clean a big home. You can get rid of things you don’t need, and only keep what is important.
Alexis Stephens is a tiny-house owner. “it’s just really down to what you really love or need and how you use your space,” she said. Alexis loves small, outdoor living. She travels around the country to show people what tiny houses are like. Crystal Harvey is also a tiny home owner. She said she does not need a lot of stuff. “I don’t hold onto things…so it was really easy for me to get rid of everything, and I didn’t have that much to begin with,” she said on the phone from her tiny house in Tennessee. The only problem of having a tiny home is finding a place to park.
PART A: TINY HOMES
Living in a Cave
Forty years ago, Nissim Kachlon decided he didn’t want to live in the city anymore. It all started one day when Nissim was walking with a friend on the beach in Hertliya. They were walking north, looking for a place to set up their tent for the summer. After some walking, they got to a beach called Sydney Ali and Nissim looked at the beautiful sea rocks facing the sea. He saw the little natural caves in the rocks and felt the powder-soft sand in his hand. At that moment he decided that was exactly were he wanted to build his house. The next day he came to the beach with building tools and started carving his home out of the rocks.
Over the next 40 years Nissim continued to carve the house out of sea rocks everyday, with its network of cave rooms and balconies with beautiful views of the sea . The house is made out of rocks, recycled trash like broken plates and old bottles, and sand. “I decided that I didn’t want to live in the city, I love the sea, that’s how I came here. I don’t have to pay city tax because I don’t have garbage, I burn everything and use the ashes as material to build with,” he told Arutz Sheva. Nissim gets his water from a well . He doesn’t have electricity, a washing machine, or a telephone. Nissim’s house is a work of art. He feels an burning obsession to get up in the morning and work every day until night time. He’s always felt, in his body and soul, that this was the right way for him to live. Nissim likes living alone, surrounded by sea and rocks, but he also welcomes guests who want to see the house.
PART B: Living in a Cave
Another option is to live among the trees. If you love nature, a tree house could be for you. Michael Garnier, a builder and woodworker, has built these homes for 25 years. “Treehouses are becoming more and more for adults” he said. “They’re not just for kids anymore.” Garnier also said more and more people want to live in these alternative homes. Some even use them as bedrooms for guests, or for an office space. Like tiny homes, tree houses teach you to get rid of things you don’t need or are not useful. They also bring out the kid in all of us. Treehouses have everything a person could want like a bed, a refrigerator, a microwave, and living spaces. Some tree houses cost between $75,000 and $500,000 with the materials and decorations.
- Do you think it’s fun to own a treehouse? why?
If you love the water, maybe a houseboat is the right home for you. Bonnie from Québec, Canada, wanted a tiny home so when her friend brought up the idea of a houseboat, she just loved the it. Her home is called The River Den, and it has windows, a ship’s wheel, a fireplace, a few decks, a toilet, and a kitchen for cooking. Bonnie says the river water is clean and is great for washing dishes, just not for drinking. Someday, she hopes to build solar panels on the roof of her boat, to save more energy. Bonnie’s home was built from five 9-meter boats that are especially strong and can carry a lot of weight. The project took four months to complete and Bonnie lets other people experience her home too. She rents out her home so others can get away from the noises of city life and enjoy the quiet of nature. Bonnie loves living on her houseboat. “It’s great to wake up on the water, and jump in the river first thing in the morning. It’s a really peaceful way to live.”
- Would you like to live in an alternative home?
- What kind of alternative home would you design for yourself?