Creative green homes

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:02

Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a dumpster? Probably not. Gregory Kloehn, however, not only thought about how a person could live in these containers, but went ahead and created a two-person home that includes a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen - all within the confines of the box.Kloehn is not alone when it comes to creating dwellings in unconventional spaces. Several individuals have seen an opportunity where others see none, making houses from the most bizarre yet strangely cozy materials.

Kloehn's dumpster dwelling

The New York-based artist purchased a brand-new dumpster for only $2,000. After carving out a front door, Kloehn insulated the walls with padding and crafted a small living area, that doubles as the bedroom, within the structure. The kitchen, which features a microwave, oven and stove, is powered by propane tank. Water for the toilet, kitchen sink and outdoor shower come from a six-gallon water tank situated on top of the container, which Kloehn installed himself. In addition, the small abode features an outside grill, a sun deck and windows on the ceiling. The whole project cost Kloehn only $4,000, but he emphasized to Jetson Green that the house could only be replicated with new dumpsters, as old ones are impossible to properly sanitize for human living. It can currently be found on the property of Pioneerworks, an arts center in Brooklyn, but the wheels on the bottom allow for its easy transport to any location.

Spacious school bus 

For his grad school final project, student Hank Butitta converted a large yellow school bus into a livable home. The bus is divided into four sections: a kitchen, seating area, bathroom and bedroom. Constructed from plywood and recycled gym flooring, the home utilizes an innovative thin wall system that insulates, provides space for electrical wiring and structure, leaving a maximum amount of space for walking and breathing room. Butitta purchased the old school bus for $3,000 and spent an additional $6,000 on its renovations. Unlike Kloehn, Butitta currently lives in his mobile house as he drives it on an expedition across the country. 

Boeing 747

Using parts from a decommissioned Pan Am Boeing 747-100 aircraft, American architect David Randall Hertz crafted a large living complex in Malibu, Calif. The structure uses the craft's former wings as the working roof, main part of the house and upper levels. The plane's fuselage was made into an art studio, deck and guesthouse. In addition to being crafted from recycled parts, the house features an array of environmentally friendly features, such as solar lighting and energy-efficient heating.