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Unique sustainable housing alternatives

While owning your own apartment is a dream most people work towards, for the majority of generation y the reality of becoming a homeowner means obtaining a studio space eight stories up with no elevator.

With rent prices con­stant­ly ris­ing, some cre­ative heads from urban jun­gles are seek­ing alter­na­tives to pur­chas­ing their first homes. Frame of Mind has put togeth­er a list of our favorite alter­na­tive liv­ing sit­u­a­tions to give you the inspi­ra­tion you need for sourc­ing your next apartment.

Foster Hunting

If the con­stant noise of cars honk­ing and packed met­ros are becom­ing too much, take a leaf (lit­er­al­ly) out of Fos­ter Huntington’s book. After quit­ting his design job in New York, Fos­ter shunned the city for the trees and built the tree house of our child­hood dreams. Locat­ed in west­ern Wash­ing­ton, Fos­ter and a group of his friends built a mul­ti-lev­el struc­ture with two hous­es, a skate bowl and a hot tub.

The Tiny Mess

If you’ve com­mit­ted to liv­ing in a tiny stu­dio you might as well make the most of it! The Tiny Mess has col­lab­o­rat­ed with peo­ple liv­ing in micro hous­ing around the world to cre­ate a cook­book for tiny kitchens. The book is com­prised of sto­ries of peo­ple liv­ing in vin­tage car­a­vans, sail boat hulls, con­vert­ed rail cars and school bus­es to show how they cook healthy alter­na­tive meals in their tiny spaces.

The Tiny Canal Cottage

Whit­ney Leigh Mor­ris is liv­ing proof that you can squish two adults, one new born baby and two dogs into a suc­cess­ful liv­ing envi­ron­ment of 362 square feet. Locat­ed in Cal­i­for­nia The Tiny Canal Cot­tage is adorned with twin­kle lights, foliage and hand­made inte­ri­ors, mak­ing it a fairy tale dream.

Try­ing to find an afford­able flat in Lon­don that isn’t a sub­let inside someone’s clos­et is like sourc­ing a nee­dle in a haystack so it’s no sur­prise that some of the most unique hous­ing alter­na­tives are locat­ed on the riv­er Thames. Over 1,000 peo­ple have tak­en to con­vert­ing boats into mod­ern hous­es as a means to obtain more space, less noise and cheap rent. Pho­tog­ra­ph­er Kather­ine Faws­sett shed light on the grow­ing trend in her Sep­tem­ber exhi­bi­tion Life Afloat.’

Cov­er image via Insta­gram

28 Dec 2016 · neubau eyewear