When people personalize their homes, for the most part they do it by picking out paint colors or funky art to display inside of the house. But once in a while, homeowners get a bit wilder. From a house that spins to homes that look like anime characters and toilets, you’ll be surprised at how far people can take their creativity – and by the end of this article you may be grateful for your normal house.
The Australian Spinning Carousel House
Have you ever wished that your house could face west in the morning, so you could avoid the sun and sleep in a bit longer? Or move the kitchen a bit east to get the good morning light in through the windows? Well, one couple decided to build a house with 32 wheels on a track so it can revolve like a carnival carousel, giving them a 360-degree visual. The house is shaped like an octagon, so most of the rooms could face the outer circle and enjoy the ever-changing view. The craziest thing about this house, though? It’s not that expensive. As it turns out, motorizing your house only takes an engine roughly the size of a washing machine motor and merely costs one (Australian) dollar a week. The Spinning Carousel House is only about $40,000 more than the average house in its neighborhood, which begs the question – why aren’t we all turning our houses into carnival rides?
The Transformer House of England
When some people can’t decide between adding natural light or electric light to their home, they add a skylight or two. Ross Russell went in a different direction, building a metal exterior to his house that can slide off when he pushes a button. When the metal skin slides itself off, the glass house is fully exposed to the world, and Russell gets to bask in the warm sunshine – at least until he wants some privacy and has the metal walls slide back into place. Sure it takes $1,000 a year to keep all of those windows clean, but the “wow” factor is kind of priceless.
Boeing 727 House
The small town of Beniot, Mississippi is home to one Boeing 727 airplane that isn’t going to be taking off anytime soon. After her last house was destroyed in a fire, Joanne Ussery was convinced to buy the retired plane and turn it into her new home. The plane doors open with a garage remote, there are two bedrooms, cooking space, and a hot tub in the cockpit. Ussery paid $2,000 for the plane, although it took another $4,000 to move it and $25,000 to renovate the former airplane into a livable space. Still, it’s cheaper than your average house and vastly more unique.
The Toilet-Shaped House
This home was built in Suwon, South Korea to mark the inaugural meeting of the World Toilet Association in 2007. The mayor of Suwon, who built the house, was allegedly born in a bathroom and somewhere along the way developed a passion for bringing sanitary toilets to those in the world who can’t afford them. The house is made of steel, concrete, and glass with a roof-top balcony you can access by climbing up the “drain.” From a bird’s-eye-view there’s no doubt it’s a loo, but from the ground it could be an oval-shaped, white-and-glass house one might just label as “eccentric.”
The Upside-Down House
This house is a bit of a headache to take in, as your brain struggles to figure out how anyone could live comfortably in an upside-down house, but that’s exactly what the designer wanted. The house, built in Szymbark, Poland, wasn’t created to be peculiar but as a symbol of “wrong-doings against humanity,” including Poland’s former Communist era. The metaphor does get its point across, as visitors and the workmen who built the house have become reportedly queasy as they walk beneath the furniture hanging from the ceiling. It may be a bit much for the mind to take in, but that doesn’t stop tourists from waiting for up to 6 hours to sneak a peek.
One Log House
The One Log House isn’t just another log cabin – it’s literally made from one log, which took two men 8 months to hollow out. The California home is 7 feet high and 32 feet long, and was created to be taken on the road before its owner realized it was too big to maneuver on highways. The log is from a 2,100 year old redwood tree and just big enough to hold one bedroom, a living room, and a dining room. Its wheels make it just like any other motor home, aside from its excessive weight and bulk.
The Minister’s Treehouse
When God told Kevin Costner to build a baseball field, he did. And when God told Horace Burgess to build a tree house in Crossville, Tennessee – well, he did too. It took about 15 years to build the tree house, which now has nearly 11,000 square feet and stands 90 feet tall. The house also serves as a church and a basketball court after services. Burgess’s work is unofficially the world’s largest tree house, and is built almost entirely from recycled materials like reclaimed wood. A sign in front reads “Welcome, friends” for the 500 people who visit the house every week.
The River House is located in the Drina River in Serbia – or rather, on top of a rock in the Drina River. The house was reportedly built by a group of boys who used to sunbathe on the rock 40 years ago. The rock wasn’t very comfortable to lay on, so they started bringing wood to make a floor, then walls, and it eventually became a house. The one-bedroom wooden home has survived wind, storms, and floods, and a kayak is kept on the rock to get back-and-forth from shore. While there are plenty of tiny homes over the world, none of them have an up-close view of one of the most beautiful rivers in the world.
Fans of Little House on the Prairie will recognize the architecture of this home. Like the Ingalls family’s home, it’s built into a dune, but unlike Pa Ingalls with his dirt walls and ceiling, this homeowner’s duplex is worth $1.85 million. The quirky oceanfront home has a roof that needs mowing, glass doors, and from the outside appears to be the peak of modesty. The house is actually made up of two apartments that are rented out, each with one bedroom, bath, and a two-story living area for residents who don’t mind living like they’re in a submarine. There are also built-in furnishings that can control the air and heat, should the weather in Atlantic Beach, Florida get a bit nippy.
Hello Kitty House
When it comes to Hello Kitty, there are fans, and then there are superfans – and if you’re crazy about Hello Kitty, then this tribute house will strike your fancy. The “Hello Kitty Castle” was opened by a Taiwanese resort in 2009 and is all about the Kitty. Pink and white décor dominates the dwelling, with Hello Kitty’s face peeking out from the wallpaper and even as couch cushions. You’ll be greeted by a mascot of the Japanese anime character when you arrive, which is only marginally more creepy than the Kitty housekeeper who will be around for whatever needs you have.