Futuristic Homes: Earthships, Shipping Containers, Tiny Homes… What?

It seems like most believe an environmentally conscientious future home goes either two ways:

  1. Everyone lives in a basic hole in the ground, or
  2. Full-scale technological overhaul (“smart home”).

But there’s a balance, as always; a combination of simplistic living and green technology.


Yeah. That’s it.

Because it might not be what you expect, I wanted to spend some time investigating what future homes might look like, today.

1. Earthship Home

“a type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and recycled materials (such as earth-filled tires)”


The genius behind the earthship is that, theoretically, it can be 100% impact-less: built from recycled or discarded materials, solar powered and heated, south wall windows act as an indoor greenhouse for growing edible plants, water is recycled three times, the list goes on…


The best part: earthships can be as simple, complicated, dull or elegant as the designer wishes. Spend $ or $$$. You have near complete freedom.

Here’s an example of some friends of mine seeking to build one near Breckenridge, Colorado. Their website, here. If you want to make one, you can, too. 🙂

2. Shipping Container Homes


Heard of this movement? Build one today, with MEKA.

I believe the attraction here is with the simplistic design, that it’s easily modified, the ability to reuse an old shipping container otherwise wasting away in some dump in China, and/or that you can build your home as if it was made of legos: just stack and expand!

Pretty neat.

Again, spend little or a lot.



If you want to see some more designs and awesome photos, check out THIS site. Very cool.

3. Mobile Tiny Homes

Not only can you affordably build a tiny home, now, but there’s a company that can ship your home anywhere! Your home can now travel with you.

Talk about the future, today.

Now that is amazing: small, affordable, efficient, mobile.

So we have options. That’s my point. We no longer see the future as a pristine, white, electronic home. No, its a recycled shipping container; a house framed with dirt and tires; a small, solar-powered home; a mobile apartment.

Thats the future of sustainable living: efficient, recycled, mobile.


About tkvogelsang

I'm a people person. I enjoy pointed conversation and mature debate. I admire the great thinkers: those who uplifted reason, scholar, and secondary opinion. I was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, but find i'm nothing like the people there. I'm liberal, but no Democrat; peaceful, but no pacifist; competitive, but no capitalist; ambitious, but no elitist; a "Buddhist Athiest" (someone who reads and strives to follow the Buddha's teachings, but avid skeptic) raised Christian; and many other dichotomies. In many ways, I'm surprised to be the product I am. I love the outdoors. I love gardening, admire sustainable creation and design, endorse creative thinking and problem solving, and strive to learn as much as I possibly can. I am in a constant search for more travel. Travel, to me, is of utmost importance. It opens the mind and heart. I have many mothers because of it. I have many families that have taken me in and treated me as their own child. It's experiences like these that are not discovered at home, and worth experiencing. Just do. Go. You'll like it.
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