Monday, 16 April 2018

Lifestyle trends: Airplane! (Houses)

Last year I posted a few threads regarding alternative living spaces, which my readers thoroughly enjoyed. In 2018, I plan on continuing with this popular topic since I must admit it is of great interest and fascination to me as well.

Today’s alternative living space concept is that of airplane houses (and other buildings made out of airplane conversions).

House number 1 – Bruce Campbell’s Boeing 727 house 

The house featured above belongs to retired electrical engineer, Bruce Campbell.  Much of the original interior of the plane has been preserved by Bruce, who believes that ‘every old plane should be recycled into a wonderful home’ (source of information and images used: www.airplanehome.com 2nd image credit: John Brecher)

House number 2 – C-47 “Peasant” house in Chile

In January 1974 a C-47 aircraft with seven souls aboard, crashed in Chile. Luckily there were no casualties.  Many years later, The pilots son, who was one of those aboard the plane at the time of its crash, learned from one of his friends that a group of ‘peasants’ had turned the craft into a functional house (complete with a chimney)!  (Image credit: http://www.douglasdc3.com)

House number 3 – Arthur Bedford’s house

In 1947, Arthur Bedford who was a businessman from London converted an old World War II Horsa glider into a three roomed house. The project was part of an effort to combat the housing shortage of the time. (Image credit: www.shedworking.co.uk)

Hotel 1 – Hotel Costa Verde 727 Fuselage Home 

In its previous life, The 727 Fuselage Home two-bedroom hotel suite (which can be found in Hotel Costa Verde in Costa Rica) was a 1965 Boeing 727 passenger airliner used by South African Air as well as Avianca Airlines in Colombia.

The gorgeous suite is perched upon a 50-foot pedestal which enables breathtaking ocean as well as jungle views. Not only this, but the entire suite has been refinished in stunning hardwood. (Source of information and images: https://costaverde.com )

Hotel 2 – Jumbo Stay Hostel in Stockholm Sweden

Another fabulous airplane hotel is the Jumbo Stay Hostel in Stockholm, which is a refurbished 1976 jumbo model Boeing 747. The hostel has 33 rooms which can accommodate up to 76 people/guests. The hotel/hostel offers a variety of different rooms ranging from the cockpit suite to the motor room. For more information you can visit the hostel’s website on the following link http://www.jumbostay.com/. (Image credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org ).

The pros and cons of airplane houses/buildings

Airplane house conversions hold many pros and very few cons. For starters, homes of these types are well insulated making them incredibly energy efficient. They are also quite secure and rust resistant. The entire conversion project costs way less than the purchase of an average suburban home and the finished product often requires much less maintenance. The one downfall however is that buildings of this type can get quite chilly in the winter. This problem can luckily be very easily corrected by making sure you install an adequate heating/cooling system.

And there you have it, some fabulous plane conversions! Would you consider living in a home such as these?

Till next time,

Debbie Nel

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