A while back we did an article featuring I-Beam Design’s $500 pallet house that is designed and built from pallets. Here are some more images from this amazing idea that could go a long way toward housing the world’s refugees, homeless, and even us off gridders looking to cut costs and live a simpler life.
The Pallet House is 16×16 feet or 256 square feet and uses approximately 80 pallets nailed and strapped into place. The simple economical design makes it a no-brainer. The cost is about $480 total ($400 for the pallets and about $80 for the hardware; according to I Beam Design)
The Pallet House is a product of I-Beam Design
Images: I-Beam Design
The Pallet House. Reclaimed pallets can be used for constructing shelters, cabins, and homes. Building a pallet house from reclaimed pallets is an inexpensive way to build your off grid home or cabin. Get out there, get some pallets, build something!
PALLET HOUSE – MULTIFUNCTIONAL GARDEN SHED OR CABIN
The Pallet House prototype designed by I-Beam Design was featured in HRH Prince Charles’ Royal Gardens as part of an exhibition on sustainable design, organized by Prince’s Charities, Start, along with The Earth Awards, The Financial Times and IBM. The interior was decorated by Wallpaper magazine.
The inspiration for the Pallet House Project came from the fact that 84% of the world’s refugees could be housed with a year’s supply of recycled American pallets. With one and a half year of pallet production in the US alone, 33 million refugees can live in a Pallet House.
Nearly 21 million pallets end in landfills each year which can house over 40,000 refugees.
Pallets are specifically designed for transport and delivery – so cost is negligible when carrying shipments of food, medicine and other types of aid to refugees. A 250 square foot ‘Pallet House’ requires 100 recycled pallets nailed and lifted into place by 4-5 people using hand tools in under a week.