44 Different Types of Houses

A variety of homes have been used for people to dwell in since civilizations began. Simple shelters were most likely the first homes. The primitive hut made with branches and mud was declared the first type of home by Roman architect Vitruvius.

Houses have taken on various shapes, sizes, materials, and designs over the years. Below are some examples of types of houses people have lived in.

Single Family Home

Single Family Home

A single family home is a home built for one family. It is a standalone building, with no others attached to it. The home usually has a front lawn, backyard, and space in between to separate it from other single family homes.

Single family homes are usually located in neighborhoods with other homes that are similar in size and style. They usually have a garage that can fit two or more cars. This one has a double garage with an additional one attached on the left side of the house.

Single family homes can be single or two-story. This one has a top story, where additional bedrooms, bathrooms, and the attic are located.

A manicured lawn leads to a porch where the front door is located. To the right is a fence which leads to the backyard and gives the family some privacy when enjoying their outdoor space from the back.

Condominium (Condo)

Condominium Condo

A condominium or condo are single homes attached by one or more walls, similar to an apartment building. Unlike apartments, each condo is owned by the family living in them.

Some condos have shared spaces like apartments. These shared spaces include pools, workout rooms, shared hallways, and barbeque areas.

Each home has stairs that lead to a door and private quarters, such as bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, and living room. They also have a small patio space, located in the back.

From the outside, each condo looks similar in design and color. Owners can arrange the inside as they like to make it feel like their home and living space.



An apartment is a building with individual living units. Each apartment is rented by individuals or families living in them for a specific period of time. Leases are usually a year, but some are monthly or 6 month leases.

The rented apartment will have a private door, bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, and living room. Some have space for a washer, dryer, and patio for the renters to use.

Each apartment in this building has plenty of windows that provide natural sunlight during the day. Some apartments have small balconies while others have ones that wrap around a corner of their apartment for extra outside space.


Co op

A co-op is a home that is owned by people living in the same building. A person or family may live in one unit, but own parts of the entire complex. Those that own the co-op have equal shares in the building, although they only live in one part.

Large cities are popular places where co-ops exist. These homes come in many forms, including mobile home neighborhoods, townhouses, senior and student housing, single-family homes, and apartments.

There are three basic types of co-ops in the United States. These can differ in other countries. The types are zero-equity or group-equity, market-rate, and limited-equity co-ops.

In zero or group-equity co-ops, members pay rental prices below the market value, although they do not acquire financial equity in their living spaces. In market-rate co-ops, members can sell what they own at any price.

In limited-equity co-ops, there is a limit on how much the owners can earn from their homes. This type of co-op is usually designed for those looking for affordable housing.


Multi family

Multi-family homes are houses for individual families located in one or a few buildings on a complex. These units can be on top of each other, or side-by-side. A common type of multi-family home is an apartment.

There are many other types of multi-family homes all over the world. A townhouse may include several stories with a garage on the ground floor. A penthouse is a home located at the top of a building with many stories.

A condominium is another type of multi-family home, with many units owned by the individuals living in them. A studio apartment is a home made up mainly of one large room, with a kitchen and bathroom.



A townhouse is similar to a condo or apartment where individual homes are connected together in a large building. A townhouse is owned by the family or individuals living in it, similar to a condo. You might share a wall with your neighbor, based on where your unit is in the building.

A townhome is a great option for those who want to own their own home, but without the space and yard of a traditional house. Each townhome has its own entrance, with kitchen, dining and living room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. There might also be room for a small patio in the back of the home.

The townhomes in the photograph has stairs that lead up to each door. Each side of the home is shared with the one right next door. These homes are painted in red, yellow, blue, white, or green, but look similar in design.



A bungalow is a small home that usually has a sloped roof and has one story. They are a type of small home or cottage. Bungalows usually have verandas and dormer windows, although these homes vary in style and looks, just like others.

This bungalow is located near a beach, with plenty of tropical plants and flowers, such as palm trees. The home is painted in blue and green to reflect the location. The porch and chairs allow for plenty of time to enjoy mild weather while being shaded by the sun.

Ranch House

Ranch House

A ranch house is a long house with a single story. This style of home sits on the same level, making it easy to manage and is ideal as a starter home. These homes typically have low roofs and large windows.

Young families will enjoy making a ranch house their first home. House flippers find these homes easy to remodel and sell.

The ranch home in this photograph is built with bricks and has plenty of windows along the front side. The length of the home allows for plenty of lawn space out front and back.



A cottage is a small home, typically by a beach or lake. Cottage is a word based out of England, where small homes had one story, with a lower story just under the roof that could be used as bedrooms.

The cottage in the picture is typical looking and located in Somerset, a Selworthy village. It has a thatched roof, which was once a popular choice for roofs. The grass and flowers surrounding the home give it a romantic look.

The home has plenty of windows on both floors, which means it is probably more spacious than it looks from inside. Many villages and country sides in Europe have cottages from different eras.



A cabin is a house made of wooden logs, usually located in the mountains in a forest or near a lake. While cabins are associated with American settlers, their origins go back to ancient Europe.

Logs were used to build structures back in ancient Roman times. Medieval log cabins were able to be moved to different locations. Settlers from Europe built log cabins when they came over to the United States, starting in 1640.

Styles varied from being simplistic to having carvings in the logs. Cabins are still built in the Americas. Many people who vacation in the mountains can rent out a log cabin to live in during their stay.

The log cabin is a historical symbol in the United States. Seven presidents have been born in a log cabin, such as Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson.

Many cabins are made with just one room, especially if it’s being used as a place to sleep while vacationing. Others look like a typical home on the inside, with several rooms including bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, and living room.



A chalet is a wooden house that has a large, sloping roof with plenty of eaves built at right angles along the front. This home is also known as a Swiss chalet, since they are usually located in the European Alps.

The word chalet originated from a Swiss and French word that meant a herder’s hut. These buildings were used as a seasonal farm when dairy cattle were herded to higher elevations during the summer months.

When traveling in the area became more popular, chalets started being used as holiday homes by hikers and skiers. A chalet now refers to any holiday house near a ski area.

This chalet is a Swiss one built near the French Alps. It is built in the typical fashion, with a sloping roof, wooden shutters, and carved balconies. It is a luxury vacation home with plenty of rooms and comforts of home while away on holiday.

Tree House

Tree House

A tree house is a house built in, around, or next to a tree. Tree houses have been used as a play house for kids, home, lookout place, and for work.

A number of indigenous people live in treehouses to stay out of danger in the tropics. Modern tree houses in more developed areas are usually used as a play house for children. Heavily forested areas are ideal places for tree homes, since they are considered eco-friendly.

There are a variety of ways to keep a structure supported on a tree. These include tension and friction fasteners, stilts and struts, and stay rods.

Tree houses for recreational use has become popular in Europe and the United States since the 1990s. Tree house hotels are also becoming popular.

The tree house in the picture was built for children, with stairs leading to a balcony and small room with some windows and a door. The house is supported with stilts, the stairs, and the tree.

Converted Barn / Barndominium

Converted Barn Barndominium

A converted barn, also known as a barndominium, is a barn that has been turned into a home. A barndominium is a barn changed into a type of condominium. The home is built from the structure of an older barn with modern commodities.

A converted barn can also be built to use as a work and living space combined. It is up to the builder and owner how to use and live in the newly converted barn.

The converted barn in the photograph has the original outer structure, roof, floors, and beams of the older barn. The inside has been converted into a living and entertaining space for family and friends.

The large open area on the left makes way for a huge table with a bench for eating and entertaining. Couches are placed near the opening and large windows on the far side of the barn. Lights, sitting mats, and pillows make this space look cozy and inviting.

Coach House

Coach House

A coach house, also known as a carriage house, were used in Europe and the United States to store horse-drawn carriages and the tack that went with them.

Coach houses varied in size, style, and design. Some were small and made to house only one carriage. Others were huge and could store several carriages, horses, hay, and tack.

If the coach house was large enough, it could also be used as the home for staff who took care of the animals and carriages. Horses usually were kept in a separate stable or barn nearby.

Many of these are now used as historical places to visit or have been converted into homes or businesses. The one in the photograph looks to be in its original state. It is an 18th century classic coach house made with stone with large, wooden doors.

Basement Suite

Basement Suite

A basement suite is a home located underneath a structure, such as an apartment building or house. If located in an apartment building, it usually includes everything a regular apartment has in it, such as a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room. Many do not have windows, due to their location.

Some are small and cramped, while others are spacious. Many homes with basements use the basement area as an entertainment room, with a television and couch. Some homeowners that have large basements convert them into apartments to rent out for extra money.

The one in the photograph is a large room with plenty of space for the bed and a dresser. There are built-in walls and doors that lead to a bathroom and closet. There is also enough space to fit other pieces of furniture.



An annex is an extension of a property. This could be rooms joined as an apartment, balcony, or addition to a home or property.

The most famous one is the annex Anne Frank and her family lived in for several years while hiding from the Nazis during World War II in Amsterdam.

Annexes were built in Amsterdam due to a large and quick increase in the population after 1585. Canals were made around the town center that were used to move freight around. Merchants would store their goods in waterfront warehouses.

Due to all this, more living spaces were needed. Prinsengracht 263 was built in 1635 as a private home between two warehouses. The annex were Anne, and her family hid wasn’t built until 1739.

The annex in the picture is an extension of a home converted from an old barn. It is considered an annex or granny annex. The name implies that the extension was built for an older member of the family to live in.



A mansion is a large, luxurious home. The word comes from a Latin term meaning “dwelling”. Many older mansions that are still standing were originally used as fortified homes in the Middle Ages.

When fortifications were no longer needed, the dark mansions were transformed into fashionable homes with plenty of comfort and beauty that led to the modern mansion.

Mansions all over the world are large residences with plenty of bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, huge yards, and more. They do vary in style and design, but all are large and beautiful homes that are owned by rich and powerful people.

Many mansions were used as the primary residence, while others were holiday homes or weekend homes for wealthy businessmen who wanted a weekend retreat away from the city.

Newer mansions are usually built smaller than their historical counterparts. In the United States, realtors consider a home a mansion when it is a minimum of 5,000 to 8,000 square feet, although this has been disputed.



A castle is a fortified building that was built in the Middle Ages and used by royalty and nobility during this time. A castle was the private fortified home of a noble or lord during the Middle Ages. These large structures were built within 900 years, with a variety of different features.

Most castles were built with common features, which included a curtain wall, motte, moat, bailey and enceinte, gatehouse, and keep. Some also had arrow slits, postern, and battlements. Many of these were built to keep intruders out.

A castle made of timber and earth was less expensive and easier to make than one made of stone. Castles were built in varying locations, such as on hills, near Roman roads, forests, and other areas that could benefit from being near a castle.

Pictured is Eltz Castle in Germany along the hills of the Moselle River in Germany, between Koblenz and Trier. It sits on a hill and is surrounded on three sides by the Elzbach river, a tributary of the Moselle. This location protected it from intruders and observers in higher areas could see enemies approaching from a distance.



A palace is a large place of residence. It is the home of royals, the head of state, or other high-ranking figure, such as a bishop. The term palace is from the Old French palais, meaning imperial residence.

It comes from a Latin word that is the name of one of the seven hills of Rome. These palaces were used as a seat of imperial power during Roman times and were also used as homes.

Palaces can be confused with castles. While castles were a fortified place of residence, a palace was not fortified.

The structure pictured is the Belvedere Palace located in Vienna, Austria. It is made up of two Baroque palaces, the Stables, and Orangery. Plans to build the palace started in 1697 and complete around 1723.



A chateau is a large residence or country house of a noble in French-speaking areas. Many were built with or without fortifications. Most of these are country houses or palaces in France.

Many of these homes were located in the Bordeaux area of France and specialized in growing vineyards for making wine. Nowadays, a large home in this area can be called a chateau if the location includes growing grapes harvested from wine at that vineyard, and the wine must be made there as well.

There are many notable chateaus still located in France. The one pictured is of Chenonceau Castle, also known as Chateau de Chenonceau. It is close to the village of Chenonceaux in the Loire valley.

It was first talked about in writing in the 11th century. The chateau located there today was built in 1514 to 1522 on top of the foundation of an old mill. The bridge and gallery over the river were built from 1556 to 1576.



A villa was the name for a house in ancient Roman times that the upper class used as their country house. The function and purpose of villas has changed over time. After the Roman Empire, villas were made into small farming units and sometimes used as monasteries by the Church.

They became upper-class country homes during the Middle Ages. Modern villas can refer to different kinds of homes of various sizes and types.

The Roman villas had a courtyard that the homes and farm were built around. Some were used as a country seat while others functioned as a farm-house estate.

The one in the picture is Villa Monastero, located along Lake Como in Varenna, Italy, in the Lombardy region. Many ancient villas were also built along the water.

This one was built in the 12th century as a Cistercian convent. It was closed in 1567 by papal bull. Paolo Mornico bought the estate in 1569 and the family rebuilt it in an eclectic style that still stands today.



A manor house was the home of the lord of the manor. The manor was the land that was owned by the lord in various parts of medieval Europe, mainly England. These homes were at times fortified for defense when feudalism was popular.

The lord only stayed at the manor for business, then moved on to others he owned. A resident official stayed to oversee daily work and maintenance that needed to be done. The main part of the manor was the great hall, where business and leisure activities were held.

A number of manors were fortified with walls or ditches. Some had a moat with a drawbridge to keep out intruders.

Today, manor homes are types of country houses. The one pictured is an English country manor from the Victorian period. It is made almost entirely of bright, red brick.

The grounds surrounding the manor are filled with green grass and various flowers.



A fort, short for fortification, is a building or construction built by the military as a place to defend territories during war. The structure is also used to set up rule in an area during peaceful times.

Defensive walls have been used to protect cities from invaders since ancient times. Some of these walls had towers built into them to watch for approaching enemies. Separate areas were set up to protect the city, known as a fort.

In the United States, forts were separated from cities as permanent military areas.

Tiny House

Tiny House

A tiny house is a small version of a single family home. Some are mobile and can be moved around from place to place, while others are built to be stationary. A small house is a house less than 1,000 square feet.

Much inspiration for the tiny house movement in the United States came from Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden. Other books about tiny homes were published in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s.

When the Great Recession happened in 2007 through 2009, many people joined the tiny house movement all over the world. These homes are compared to recreational vehicles due to their size and the fact that many can be moved since they are built on wheels.

A tiny house is usually equipped with basic features of a house, such as a kitchen area, living room space, bathroom, and bedroom. Many bathrooms feature tiny shower areas next to toilets. A number of bedroom areas are located on a loft above the kitchen and living area.

Container Home

Container Home

A container home is a house built with a shipping container. A container home is usually less expensive and more eco-friendly than a home built with traditional materials, like cement and brick. These have also become popular places for homes since they are available all over the world and durable.

A shipping container home is similar to a tiny home due to its size, although several shipping containers can be combined to build a standard-sized home with several rooms.

There are many advantages to having a home made from a shipping container. These include the ability to customize your home as you want it, having a durable home, being able to move it around, being available all over, and low-cost, just to name a few.

The one in the photograph has had floor-to-ceiling windows installed to allow plenty of natural light in during the day.

Mobile Home

Mobile Home

A mobile home is a preassembled home built in a factory and moved to a site where the home is permanently or semi-permanently placed. Many families choose to live in mobile homes due to them being less costly than traditional homes.

Mobile homes share a similar history to travel trailers, as they were originally built and used to live in areas temporarily. In the 1950s, these homes were marketed as more permanent and less expensive than regular homes.

These houses have been legally known as manufactured homes in the United States since June 1976. Permanent mobile homes can be bought, while the land is rented by the owner of the home in mobile home parks.

Many mobile homes have become more sophisticated in look and design over the years. The one in the picture almost looks like a permanent home, with a yard, covered porch, and plenty of living space indoors.

Houseboat / Floating Residence

Houseboat Floating Residence

A houseboat is a home that floats on water. It is a boat made to be used as a home. Some are moored and do not have motors, since they were not designed to move.

Others are able to move by floating freely along a river or lake. Houseboats are usually rented for the holidays or owned privately in Western countries. In places like Paris, Amsterdam, and London, people live in their houseboats all year.

The houseboat in the picture is located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is surrounded with pots filled with plenty of flowers for the owners and passersby to enjoy.

RV (Recreational Vehicle)

RV Recreational Vehicle

An RV, or recreational vehicle is a trailer or vehicle that has living spaces in it. There are different types, which include: popup campers, motorhomes, fifth-wheel trailers, and caravans.

Most RVs have a bathroom, kitchen, and area to sleep. Some just have basic housing areas while others have extras, like televisions, air condition, water heaters, and bedrooms.

An early known caravan was the horse-drawn covered wagon from 1745. By the 1920s, RVs were a popular way to travel and rest in the United States.

While most families use their recreational vehicle to temporarily live in while traveling, some make it their main home. Those that live in their RVs long-term sometimes install solar panels on top to power equipment, no matter where they are.

Bunker / Underground House

Bunker Underground House

A bunker is a fortified home design to protect people and items from attacks. Most are built underground. Bunkers were used during the World Wars and the Cold War as storage and weapons facilities, and command and control centers.

Most personal bunkers are designed for families to stay for long periods of time, during a war or disaster. These are located underground, with a thick door and walls for extra protection from the outside world.

A bathroom may be reinforced with huge cabinets and built out from there. One design option is the use of fibre-reinforced plastic shells. Materials may be put together to form a shield from radiation.

The bunker’s design is made to protect those in it from a nuclear disaster or blast from a bomb. To ensure protection from a blast, a bunker needs to be made from a steel-reinforced concrete arch or vault that is buried. Enough soil can protect people from radiation.



A cave is a natural hole in the ground. Usually, they are large enough for a human or animals to enter. Many can be found naturally all over the world.

The earliest known homes to people were caves. Most of these were caves that had been naturally formed over time. Sea caves were used as a form of shelter in southern Africa thousands of years ago.

Many homes in ancient times were carved out of caves by some civilizations. Some families choose to live in caves or build one to use as a home. Some are basic while others have similar features of modern homes.

Dome / Round Houses

Dome Round Houses

A dome, or round house, is a home in a circular shape with a roof shaped like a cone. Ancient civilizations in the United Kingdom built and lived in round houses. Remains can be seen today in some areas.

A number of modern versions of these homes have been recreated. These include Barbury Castle, Butser Ancient Farm, and Scottish Crannog Centre. Many dome eco-buildings have been built in the later 20th century in various materials, such as straw bale walls or cordwood, reciprocal frame green roofs, and cob.

Many round houses have been built all over the world. Great Britain has both modern and ancient versions still standing. Spain, Ireland, Italy, and places in Oceania and North America have their own versions of these dome houses.



A McMansion is a slang term for large homes that have been mass-produced. They are also known as Millennium Mansions. The terms compare these luxury homes to fast-food chains, such as McDonalds.

A McMansion may be a large home, but without any architectural style and built poorly and cheaply. Most have over 3,000 square feet of floor space and up to 10-foot tall ceilings.

The trend of building these types of large homes started in California in the 1980s, where these homes could be bought by families who wanted more than a suburban tract house but couldn’t afford a custom home.

While the popularity of these homes is declining in the United States, they are getting more popular in other countries, such as China. The Palace of Versailles, the White House, and other famous buildings have been copied with McMansions here.



An igloo is also called a snow hut or snow house made of snow. Igloos were mainly used as by people living in Greenland’s Thule and Canada’s Central Arctic locations. Snow was used as an insulator and could keep cold air out.

Most igloos are made into a dome and built from snow. There are three main types of igloos. These types are based on their size and purpose.

Small igloos were used as temporary shelters, for one or two nights. They may be used on hunting trips and built on sea ice.

A mid-sized igloo was a partial permanent, family home. It was built with one room that enough space for one or two families. These could be found in groups to create an Inuit village.

Large igloos were built in groups of two. One was for special occasions, and the other to live in. These were used for traditional dances and community feasts for up to 20 people.

Capsule Hotel

Capsule Hotel

A capsule hotel is a type of hotel that is very popular in Japan. In Western countries these are known as pod hotels. Housing costs can be so high in certain areas that some people live in these hotels permanently.

Each room is large enough for a small bed. These hotels are great for those who want an inexpensive option when traveling.

The first one opened in 1979 in Osaka, Japan and was called Capsule Inn. Others have been made in various cities in Japan and other countries.

A capsule hotel is similar to a hostel where guests share wireless internet, toilets, dining rooms, and showers. These were made mainly for men, but some hotels have areas for both female and male guests to stay.



A hotel is a place for travelers to stay and rest for a short amount of time. Some hotels allow people to live in them permanently.

The modern hotel comes from the inn of medieval Europe. For about 200 years during the mid-17 century, coaching inns were places that had lodging for coach travelers. In the 18th century, these inns began to provide amenities for richer people.

The first modern hotel was in Exeter in 1768. Hotels vary in form, function, and cost. Some are built for low-income travelers, while others are designed for richer people.

Some hotels provide rooms for people to permanently live in them. Others are low-cost hotels, designed for long-term living.

Many famous people have lived in hotels for long periods of time. Coco Chanel, the fashion designer, spent many years living in the Hotel Ritz in Paris. The billionaire How Hughes lived the last ten years of his life in hotels all over the world.

People choose to live in hotels because they can’t afford a home or don’t want to purchase a home. Some may enjoy the fact that they don’t have to be responsible for housekeeping and can come home to a clean room or suite after a long day at work.



A hostel is a type of inexpensive, temporary place to lodge that is shared with other travelers. A guest can rent a bed that is most likely a bunk bed in a dormitory-style room. The kitchen and lounge are shared with other lodgers.

Staying in a hostel has become popular with young travelers due to the low cost. Most guests are between 16 and 34 years old. Young backpackers and gap year travelers can be found staying at hostels in the United States and all over Europe.

Hostels have only been around for a little over 100 years. Richard Schirrmann was a German teacher that published his writings about inexpensive lodging for young travelers in 1909. He opened the first hostel in Altena Castle in 1912.

Hostels became even more popular during the financial crises of 2007 and 2008 because of their low cost. The hostel pictured shows both young men and women getting to know each other from their bunk beds.

Water Tower House

Water Tower House

A water tower house is a home that was once a water tower. The water tower is made several stories high so that the water tank can stay at a height to pressurize the water to be used for emergencies and as drinking water.

Water towers have been around since ancient times and are still used today. Modern water towers are pressurized to be used with public water systems and were made around the 19th century. Old water towers are now historical sites that can be visited as museums and places of interest.

Some water towers have been converted into homes. The inside must be renovated and stripped of water and other material to be made livable. Sewage, electricity, and other systems must be in place for the water tower to be livable.

Since many water towers are made to sit high above the ground, homes and rentals provide beautiful 360-degree views that guests can enjoy during their stay.

Lighthouse Home

Lighthouse Home

A lighthouse home is the place the lighthouse keeper lives in. The home of the keeper was either attached to the lighthouse or nearby.

Lighthouses were needed to light the coastline to keep ships from running into the ground and cliffs. Ancient lighthouses were actually large fires built on hilltops. A famous lighthouse from antiquity was the Pharos of Alexandria in Egypt.

Modern lighthouses were built starting in the 18th century. These tall structures provided plenty of light to let ship captains know they were close to land or near dangerous land.

Since the lighthouse keeper needed to be near the lighthouse most of the time, their homes were built next to or nearby the light tower. The house in the photograph looks to have been built around the lighthouse, making it easy for the keeper to go up the tower to light the way for ships passing by.

Bus House

Bus House

A bus is a bus converted into a home to live in. A bus house can be considered a tiny home due to its limited, narrow indoor space. Many people have converted buses into homes to save on cost of living.

The bus in this photograph has been converted into a home inside. While the outside looks old and unusable, a closer look shows living space and plenty of windows for privacy on the inside.

Bus houses can also be looked at as a type of RV. Many people have built bus houses to have fully functional kitchens, living spaces, bedrooms, bathrooms with showers, and more.

Some are completely self-sustaining with solar energy, an oven, refrigerator, insulation, and other additions that include comforts of a regular home on a much smaller scale.

Tent House

Tent House

A tent house is a tent used as a home. In ancient times, tents were a popular choice of homes by nomads who constantly traveled. People in the Bible lived in tents since they were constantly traveling to find lad for their sheep and goats.

People who have used tents as their home include the Bedouin, Native Americans, Tibetan and Turkic Nomads, and Mongolians. The Roman Army used tents made of leather, which have been remade for modern times.

A tent house needs to be made of material to withstand changes in weather, such as rain and snow. Polyester, cotton, felt, and nylon are popular materials used to make tents with. Fine-mesh netting can be used over doors and windows to keep insects from coming in and biting residents.

The inside can be equipped with basic things that a house has, as long as it is portable to be moved around when needed.



A yurt is a round tent that is portable and made with felt or skins. Traditional yurts were used by specific nomadic groups that lived in the steppes of Central Asia. Latticework made of bamboo or wood were used for the walls, a wheel, ribs, and a door frame.

Most roofs were able to support themselves. Large yurts sometimes had posts inside to support the crown.

Modern yurts are built on a wooden platform to stay there permanently. Modern materials, such as metal framing, canvas, and wire rope are used to build them as well.

Yurts are used for all kinds of purposes, such as camping, school rooms, and to live in.



A teepee is a type of tent. It is also known as a tipi, tepee, or lodge in old English documents. Traditional teepees were made of animal skins tied to wooden poles. Modern versions have coverings made of canvas.

A teepee has smokes flaps at the top, which is different than other tents in this shape. Many Native Americans lived in teepees, such as the Sioux, Yakama, Oteo and Pawnee, to name a few.

Teepees were made to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They also kept dry when it rained. Plains Indians were known to be nomadic from time to time, and teepees were able to be set up quickly and taken down when needed for moving around.

Space Station

Space Station

The international space station is a structure located in outer space, just above earth. Astronauts from all over the world travel to the space station to participate in scientific experiments, repair the station, and learn how to maneuver while in space.

The station is also the place where these astronauts live during their stay. There are sleeping quarters, an on-board galley, showers, and toilets.

Each astronaut gets their own private quarter where they can sleep in a sleeping bag that is attached to the wall, a place to store personal items, listen to music, and use a laptop. There is also a desktop, reading lamp, and shelf for personal use.

Crew living quarters need to be well-ventilated so that astronauts do not wake up without air because of exhaled carbon dioxide are their heads. Crews that come for a visit do not have a sleep module but can attach a sleeping bag to a wall.

Mars Home

Mars Home

Mars home is the projected home for people who plan to live on the planet Mars. While several ideas and concepts have been projected, there are no dwellings yet on the red planet. With plans to have a colony living on Mars, a structure must be built that is large enough to imitate as much of living on Earth as possible.

Atmospheric pressure on Mars is below what people can survive with, so pressure vessels would need to be made. Temperature must also be controlled, since day and night temperatures vary much greater than they do on Earth.

There is not much water on Mars, and the climate is much colder, so structures need to be in place to produce water and a warmer climate in the colony.

Individual homes would have bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and living spaces similar to Earth. Outdoor space would be available, although colonists would need to wear special suits to keep themselves safe.

Various equipment is needed for the success of a colony on Mars. Besides the basics, such as breathable oxygen, sources of water and food, other important pieces of equipment are needed. These include shops for workspaces, storage facilities, airlocks, fuels and other energy sources, just to name a few.