Awesome Pallet House Built for $500
So you need a home and you only have $500? Then you will want to take a look at this awesome pallet house built for $500. The tiny house using unused and recycled pallets. They can also be used for constructing shelters, tiny homes and tiny cabins. Building a pallet house from reclaimed pallets is an inexpensive, eco-friendly way to build your off grid home. So, what are you waiting for? Lets get to work!
The Pallet House is a tiny cabin that can be used for a variety of things, from a garden shed to a tiny cabin. Its prototype was designed by I-Beam Design and was featured in the HRH Prince Charles’ Royal Gardens as part of a sustainable design exhibition; that was organized by Prince’s Charities, The Earth Awards, Start, The Financial Times and IBM. The interior of the Pallet House was designed by Wallpaper magazine.
With 84 percent of the world’s refugees not having any proper housing the inspiration to make Pallet homes seemed like a good idea. They say that they could be housed with over a year’s supply of recycled pallets in America, using a year and a half of pallet production in the United States alone. That means 33 million refugees could live in a Pallet House. Some statistics claims that nearly 21 million pallets end up in landfills every year, instead of housing over 40,000 refugees. The Pallet Houses are designed specifically for easy transport and delivery; these pallets have no cost when carrying shipments of medicine, food, and emergency aid to refugees. A 250 square foot Pallet House, only requires 100 recycled pallets nailed and lifted into place by 4 to 5 people using hand tools in less than a week.
Pallet also known as a skid is typically the foundation of a unit load design. They can be made of wood, plastic, metal, and even paper. Their load bearing capacity can easily exceed 1000 kilograms that are about the equivalent of 2000 pounds. In the U.S., each year over a half a billion pallets are made and more than two billion pallets are in use. The home construction industry uses more new wood than the building of pallets, so it is easy to see how the lifespan of a pallet is very limited. Once a pallet is damaged, they are pushed aside as they have to meet specifications to continue to be useful. So they end up being a waste, and never used again!
The Pallet House is an excellent way to recycle and reuse these pallets. What an exciting concept that something we have so much of could be reused and made into tiny homes for people all over the country! So it seems so logical to then recycle these wooden pallets. One of the initial benefits going towards the companies producing them to cut and reduce production costs.
Off grid living typically refers to not being connected to a power grid, mostly used regarding not being hooked up to the main or national electrical grid. The term off the grid can refer to living in a self-sufficient manner without reliance on one or more public utilities. A true off grid home can operate completely independent of all traditional public utility services. An off-grid tiny home can also use on-site water sources that can include a stream, well, or lake. Depending on the water source, this may include filtration and pumps. Rainwater can also be collected and harvested. Electrical power may also be generated on at your off-grid home with renewable energy sources such as wind power, solar power, micro hydro, geothermal with a generator or Micro combined heat and power with adequate fuel reserves.
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