Yes that is right: the house is built mainly from old shipping pallets. The designers at I-Beam Design came up with the idea after they were told the incredible fact that 84% of the world’s refugees could be housed if they built shelters from a year’s supply of recycled American pallets.
What this means is that 33 million people could be housed within a year and a half by using recycled pallets. That’s a lot needy people housed in a very simple and easy to build style of housing.
What is incredible is that you do not need a lot of skill or know how to build a home from pallets and they can be built in one day. The pallet house was designed specifically as a transitional home for refugees returning to Kosovo.
“The Pallet House is an inexpensive, efficient and easily realizable solution to the problem of housing people displaced by natural disaster, plagues, famine, political and economic strife or war. It is intended to serve returning refugees who come home and find their house partially or fully destroyed. This type of transitional housing bridges the gap between temporary tent shelter and permanent home.” – I-Beam Design
It might be made from pallets but it looks amazing and as you will see in the video below it is very easy to build.
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Because they are made from pallets the building material is pretty easy to source along with other recycle materials.
Other materials like used plastic sheeting, plastic pipes and windows can be added to make a house a home.
Houses can be built to any size and shape to suit families of all sizes.
Simple skills and tools is all that is needed to build these houses.
They can look incredibly smart.
They can also be ideal for beach huts, holiday homes and garden summer houses.
Insulation and solar panels can be installed.
They do not need to be completely basic, water, heating, electrics and air conditioning can be fitted to a pallet home.
Imagine what the world would be like if Governments shipped used pallets to places that could use them for housing.
Towns and villages would grow overnight giving many people much needed shelter and hope.
I Beam Design supply easy to follow ‘IKEA‘ style instructions for only $75 if you want to know how to build your own.
Even the internal furniture is mad from the pallets adding to the overall strength of the structure.
For less than $100 you can learn how to build an incredible shelter made from pallets which would normally be scrapped, chipped or burnt. Ideal for children’s tree homes and garden summer houses.
If you’d like to buy the plans yourself, please visit I-Beam Design’s website
Source: I Beam Design
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