Eco-homes

Straw Bale Houses

Pros

  • Eco-friendly
  • Healthier
  • Cost-Efficient
  • Affordable
  • Customizable
  • Low Fire Hazard
  • Convenient
  • Attractive
  • Low-Embodied Energy
  • Biodegradable

Cons

  • Unconventional
  • Permitting Issues
  • Pest Concerns
  • Space Considerations
  • Gaps
  • Maintenance
  • No Studs
  • Skin Irritant
  • Breathing Problems
  • Learning Curve
  • Moisture
  • Labour-intensive
  • Structural Movement

Tiny houses

Pros

  1. Easier to own your own home cheaply
  2. Less to clean means more self-discipline
  3. Mobility; if your tiny house is on a trailer
  4. Save money on building costs, rental, mortgage
  5. Buy and consume what you need, limited by storage
  6. Energy efficiency reduces costs, if well insulated
  7. Off-grid is a feasible option with a wood stove & solar

Cons

  1. May carry specific planning requiremets and permits
  2. Self-builds may be harded to insure than standard builds
  3. Less room for messy living requiring self-discipline
  4. Require high level of fire safety awareness, if timber-built
  5. No privacy, can be noisy and distratcing to work in
  6. Cooking odours spread and linger without proper ventilation
  7. Can be hard to sell on, if the trend falls out of favour
  8. Can be difficult for older people with mobility problems
  9. Mostly have composting toilets, smaller and lower than WCs
  10. Need outside storage for gardening, DIY and other tools