10 concrete homes that don't look like bunkers

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    Buying a concrete home doesn't have to feel like a prison sentence.

    Concrete properties are actually coming into vogue, making frequent use of natural light, geometric shapes and a contemporary design aesthetic. Concrete building has been on the rise in recent years, according to a report from the National Association of Homebuilders, in part because it's durable, faster to construct and has a more stable price.

    Buildings made of concrete, which is a more readily renewable resource than materials like lumber, also require less energy for temperature control because it's harder for air to get in and out. Combine concrete with the large, low-UV-impact glass that many of these homes feature, and a concrete home could save buyers up to 30 percent on heating and cooling bills, according to the NAHB.

    However, it's not all eco-friendly: The process of making concrete from cement is fossil-fuel-intensive.

    Here are 10 concrete homes that don't resemble concrete boxes.

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