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Alternative housing?

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LadyMaryofDownt0n Sat 20-Aug-16 20:39:44

I've saved almost £17,000 & would like to find some sort of unique/self build/alternative housing.

Obviously it's only a starting point but has anyone any ideas how I could use the money wisely?

Or should I just keep saving?

isthistoonosy Tue 23-Aug-16 13:16:05

Could you look at barges - depends where you live of course.

cozietoesie Tue 23-Aug-16 14:00:38

There are so many factors to consider - eg where you're thinking of living, what sort of family you have ( if you have one), what you and any other people do for a living, what sort of lifestyle you really want, what skills you have etc etc etc.

MrsTerryPratchett Tue 23-Aug-16 21:39:43

There are people here converting vans and living in them. But you have to be wary of safety and laws about travelling.

LadyMaryofDownt0n Wed 24-Aug-16 01:48:34

No barges here unfortunately. I am in rural Ireland. That would have been a great idea though.

Family of 4
Middle income
Minimal diy

I was thinking cob house
Log home
A house built from tyres.

That type of thing if anyone has any ideas/experience?

NoncommittalToSparkleMotion Wed 24-Aug-16 02:23:06

Place marking as this kind of stuff fascinates me.

What about like a houseboat or the tiny house movement?

NoncommittalToSparkleMotion Wed 24-Aug-16 02:23:55

Sorry, scratch houseboat.

Katymac Wed 24-Aug-16 12:59:31

Strawbale houses are good

Chiliprepper Wed 24-Aug-16 13:00:51


cozietoesie Wed 24-Aug-16 13:21:18

I'd just be careful that whatever you do, you do with a detached and thoughtful head on you. £17k is not a huge amount of money but it's still a fair amount of cold hard cash and you don't need to be swung into contributing it to a collective dream which doesn't actually pan out. (I'm not saying that collective living doesn't ever work out but there might be some dreamers out there who haven't a clue about real life issues. Things can take an awkward turn sometimes over supper and a few bottles of wine.)

LadyMaryofDownt0n Wed 24-Aug-16 18:51:47

Cozie, rest assured we are level headed. Money will be well though out. We've been living an alternative lifestyle for a while now, this is just the next natural step for us... I hope!

Straw bale is an option. Any advice on how I would start/ what I should look for first?

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