With rising prices, finding alternative housing options is a commonly talked-about issue. It’s not unique to today though. Over the centuries, people have been devising plans on how to provide cheap but sustainable means of sheltering people without sacrificing quality and, for some designers, style. And there’s nothing more familiar for the Americans than what they would call as “Quonset hut”. Prefab housing prices have decreased over time.
Alternative Housing Options
Since the introduction of the quonset hut, many other prefabricated housing alternatives have been developed. A few of the most notable ones are:
- Mobile Homes – pre-built homes which are easily moved from location to location and sometimes come on a trailer for easy transportation
- Modular Housing – These housing alternatives are built in separate components and assembled on-site
- Panel housing – This housing style utilizes panels made of wood or concrete and have insulation in the middle.
- Log Homes – This is the oldest of the prefab housing methods and potentially the most affordable alternative housing option since all it really requires is land, a saw and some trees. The simplicity of these homes has made them popular as far back as the earliest settlers. You’ll also find some modern day mansions built entirely of logs for a rustic look.
Quonset Hut – A Great Alternative
The concept for this hut was devised by the George A Fuller Company in 1941. Their creation, initially, was not intended to be made as an alternative housing project for the Americans at that time, because the US Navy gave the construction and contracting company the full contract to provide housing for soldiers during the Second World War. The name was derived from the place where they were made: the Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center at Quonset Point, Rhode Island, USA.
The all-steel configuration of the huts was for soldiers deployed in the European Theater of Operations; since there was a fighting going on in the wet and sunny Pacific as well, the company devised a “rust-free” version of the hut.