With the cost of owning a home rising all over the world, many people are stuck trying to figure out how to live comfortably and well on a budget, and still have money left over to do the things they’d like and enjoy life. Finding a spacious, comfortable home in a good location and still having money to travel, shop, and eat out may not be as impossible as it seems with this new affordable and sustainable housing trend: Quonset Homes.
What are Quonset Homes?
Originally used for soldiers in world war two, Quonset huts are easy-to-build structures made out of recycled, corrugated, galvanized steel. Originally used for storage and work space, they are now being used for garages, retail space, and even homes. Quonset huts are semi-circular in shape and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Why You Should Consider a Quonset Home
The idea of living in a small metal hut may seem unappealing at first, but hear us out: The list of benefits is a long one, and there are so many ways to make these types of homes as cozy and comfortable as a traditional brick-and-mortar home.
1. Low Cost
Quonset huts start as low as $5 per square foot, making them much cheaper than any regular building style.
2. Easy to Build
Quonset huts are much easier to construct than traditional buildings, and can be done in a fraction of the time. The Quonset hut kits come with everything you need to build them except for a foundation. You do not need to pour a slab foundation, instead they can be built over existing foundations, installed over concrete or wood walls.
They can be built in a matter of days using basic tools, require very little prep work, and once built, require minimal maintenance.
3. Spacious and Customizable
Quonset huts are adaptable for whatever your needs are. They can be insulted, ventilated, and it is easy to install air conditioning, heating, and electricity. They do not require any internal supporting walls or beams, so the space is yours to design however you want. Partitioning walls can be put wherever you want to make rooms, and you can construct beautiful open concept kitchens and common living areas.
Consider quonset huts your solution to having the greenest home (or business or garage) possible. They are made from recycled metal and are LEED compliant, making them good for your pocket book and for the earth as a whole.
5. Highly Durable
Quonset huts can stand up to any weather that a regular building can. They are built to resist wind, snow, hail, even hurricane winds. They are also fire resistant, and have the ability to contain internal fires and prevent them from spreading to neighboring areas. It is extremely difficult to permanently damage a Quonset hut.
Still not sure if a Quonset home is for you? Check out this video for incredible examples of beautiful Quonset homes!
What do you think? Would you consider building and living in a Quonset home? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section!