In this day and age, house designers have pushed the limits of creativity in creating one of a kind abode. Some create tiny mobile homes while others create penthouses in clock towers, but can you imagine living in an airplane? Since the concept of space is an abstract idea, these designers believe that non-residential areas can become a home away from home. Here is a list of our favourite home conversions!


Airplanes are usually perceived as a mobile form of transport, but after Joanne Ussery lost her home in an ice storm in Benoit, Missouri, she decided to purchase a decommissioned 727 Boeing plane. Other than being a more cost-effective plan in rebuilding her home, it is also more durable in the long run.

Train Cars

If you don’t want a typical brick and mortar home, a renovated train car could be an alternative housing option for you. Instead of building your home from the ground up, a train car home is ready made and weather resistant. Since most railroads have stopped using these types of train cars, these tiny homes are up for grabs as long as you can find a way to transport them!

Railway Stations

Other than living in individual train cars, you can even choose to live in former railway stations. Due to changes in urban planning, the 1875 railway station in upstate New York has become a luxurious weekend home for the collector Frederico de Vera. When there’s a will, there’s a way – house designers can always find a way to convert any given area into someone’s home sweet home.

Shipping Containers

Originally used as small vacation homes or temporary housing for natural disasters, shipping containers have become a popular form of alternative housing. While the average shipping container may not look like much from the outside, a fresh coat of paint and modern furniture can make any space feel homey and comfortable. You can choose to create a bachelor pad with a single container or combine a few of them to create a family home.

Electrical substations

As technology progresses in modern society, certain infrastructure get left behind and lost in time. In order to revitalise old buildings, the architecture firm Fox Johnston in Sydney, Australia came up with the idea of converting a 1916 electrical substation into a three-story home. Electrical substations aside, other creative minds around the world have also converted old buildings into swanky homes, such as a water tower in London and a rum factory in the Virgins Islands.