14 Camouflaged Home Designs You Have to See
When disaster strikes the consequences could be devastating for those who aren’t properly prepared. Unfortunately, you can’t prep enough for the entire population, so you need to be ready to protect the resources you’ve gathered to keep yourself and your family alive. Sometimes the best way to protect yourself is to stay unseen.
Camouflaging your home or at least a getaway hideout is a great way to avoid potentially violent confrontation. Camouflage can be a subtle design that simply doesn’t call attention to itself, or an elaborately built home that is nearly invisible. Here are 14 inspiring examples of camouflaged homes.
1. New Mexico Stone Camouflaged Home
Dwellings camouflaged in rock are nothing new to New Mexico. The Pueblo Indians built their homes directly into the sides of cliffs where they were effectively hidden from site. This more modern New Mexico home uses a similar technique, mimicking the large white boulders of the area. Surprisingly, the house isn’t actually made out of rock. It is coated with a polyurethane foam tinted to match the color of the surrounding rock.
2. Boulder Home in Portugal
This getaway home was built out of four giant boulders. It is off the grid and lacks electric, though it has other luxuries including a swimming pool carved into the stone. From many angles, it is indistinguishable from plain, if massive, chunks of rock. This vacation home in Portugal is a great example of what can be achieved if you decide to make your home a secret hideout.
3. Mirrored Camouflaged Home
These cabins are walled with UV reflective glass, making them blend easily into the flowing grassland. In addition to being nearly invisible in the right light, the UV glass has the environmental boon of being highly visible to birds. You and I see reflected prairie while local fowl can clearly distinguish each pane of glass. Using this type of glass greatly reduces the number of bird strikes while making your home ultra stealthy.
4. Disguised Mirror Home
Here is another home that uses mirrors to disguise its presence in the landscape. The builders have incorporated a living roof to meld the structure more fully into the landscape while providing a solid layer of insulation.
If you are truly hoping to camouflage your home, don’t forget to include your yard in the design. The entire property should blend easily into the natural surroundings. You don’t want a neatly mowed lawn or orderly flower beds to call attention to your home. Good camouflaging means careful placement of additional structures, gardens or outdoor living areas.
5. Kudzu Camouflaged Home
Kudzu is a rapidly growing vine that has become invasive in parts of the United States. However, that explosive growth makes it the perfect source of easy camouflage for an existing home or shed. If left alone kudzu will rapidly cover the entire structure, leaving it masked in a sheet of green amidst jungle-like undergrowth. You’ll want to keep some pruning shears on hand to keep the doorway cleared.
Before planting or encouraging kudzu on your property check to see if it is present in your area. This is not a plant you want to introduce to a kudzu free region. It can have devastating effects on native plants.
6. Camouflaged Tree House
This stunning tree house is actually a camouflaged hotel in Sweden. The glass reflects the forest, sky and forest floor in an ever changing array of beautiful scenes. When the lights are out it is invisible if you are not close enough to see the supportive wires.
7. Living Roof Camouflaged Home
Living roofs offer many benefits: they decrease heating and cooling costs, filter pollutants, decrease storm-water run-off, provide agricultural space and wildlife habitat. Now you can add camouflage to the list of reasons to build a living roof on your home.
8. Camouflaged Concrete Home
This concrete home was inspired but the large stone boulders on the property. It is a luxurious structure with massive windows along one wall, but from some angles it is nearly invisible, blending seamlessly with the landscape. The simple concrete walls could be further camouflaged with a polyurethane foam like the one used in the first home in this list.
9. Earth Sheltered Camouflaged Homes
This group of houses in Iceland use earthen walls and roofs. They were built with efficiency and insulation in mind, not camouflage. Thick earthen walls provide a lot of thermal mass, regulating the temperature inside the home and reducing heating costs in the frigid, dark Icelandic winter. As an added bonus, this environmentally conscious design makes for great camouflage.
10. Camouflaged Tiny Home
Tiny homes are becoming more and more popular. They are sustainable, inexpensive and help you simplify your life in a cluttered, commercialized world. For the survival prepper, a tiny home makes a cost-effective bug-out getaway. This tiny home has the doorway hidden against the mountainside. From any distance it is just another boulder. Your biggest concern will be hiding the smoke from the fireplace during the chilly Swiss winters.
11. Camouflaged Home in the Desert
Designing the perfect camouflaged home requires some serious creativity. No two hidden houses will be alike, as each must be suited to the unique surroundings. In this case, a stone retaining wall and simple adobe walls help this small home blend into the desert hills surrounding it.
When you are planning your camouflaged house, cabin or bug-out cave, consider materials, colors and shapes. Trees and brushes help to mask structures. Be sure to consider the appearance of your home from places where people are like to travel, like trails and roads. Is it visible from above? How will it look as the seasons change? Consider your structure from every possible perspective before you start building.
12. Underground Camouflaged Home
Of course, if your home is largely underground it is easy to conceal from prying eyes. This home is visible if you are standing right next to it, but from across the lake or through the woods you’d never know it is there. This is another good example of the ways that vegetation can be used to conceal a dwelling. Just make sure you don’t leave an obvious path leading to the front door.
13. Old Sod Camouflaged Home
The design is nothing new, but it is simple, cheap and effective. Many old prairie cabins were built of sod or dug directly into the Earth, partly because wood for building was scarce in the prairie. The design remains a useful inspiration for the survivalist designing a safe escape shelter.
14. Massive Camouflaged Hotel
Camouflage techniques can be applied on any scale. This massive five star hotel in Sri Lanka is a full kilometer wide, with the entire back wall embedded in rock. The front is a mass of vines, flowers and native plants spilling over from roof gardens at every level of the hotel. If a structure of this side can be made to blend into the surrounding jungle, disguising your hideout should be easy.