Guest Expressed: “7 Of The World’s Strangest Homes”

Today Amy Fowler returns again with more weird stuff. Moving up from strange sofas Amy shows us some strange homes to put those sofas in. Enter Amy:

When you think of a home, you probably think of a bungalow, a cottage, or perhaps an apartment block, but not everyone lives in such mundane buildings.  Could you imagine living in a tree house?  A giant tea pot, or perhaps a UFO look-alike?

There are dozens of weird and wonderful homes out there – and while they all have doors, and most have windows, that’s where the similarities end.  Check out the following seven strange and interesting homes.  Which one is your favourite?

1. The Space-Ship House, TN, USA


This Space-Ship home looks like an old-school UFO.  It features 2,000 square feet of living space with windows around the upper part of the structure and boasts 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, a living room, and a large entertainment area.  This is the kind of home that you’d be proud to host parties in.

2. The Tea-Pot Dome, WA, USA

Image Credits: Gayle Kingston: (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathrine/)

The Tea-Pot Dome was built in 1922.  It was originally a gas station, but is no longer in use.  It was moved from its original location, to a spot closer to the interstate, several years ago.  The tea-pot shape was designed as a commentary about a scandal involving President Harding and the Federal Petroleum Reserve.

3. The Boeing 727 Home, Mississippi, USA

If I were a millionaire, this is probably the kind of house I would opt for.  Joanne Ussary bought an old Boeing 727, moved it to a spot in Mississippi, and converted it into a house.  The cockpit now houses a jacuzzi.

4. The Toilet House, South Korea


The toilet house was built by some South Korean sanitation activists.  It’s shaped like a giant toilet bowl, with windows around most of the structure – but hopefully not looking in to the actual toilet in the house!

5. The Shoe House, Pennsylvania, USA

Do you remember the shoe house toys that you used to play with as a child?  Well, there’s a real shoe house!  It was originally built as a guest house – with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room.  When the owner died, it became an ice-cream parlour for a few years.  Today, it is a museum.

6. The Mushroom House, Ohio, USA

Image credits: The Rocketeer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kt/1117993812/)

The mushroom house was designed by Terry Brown, a professor of Architecture and Interior Design from the University of Cincinatti.  It’s an ornately decorated building shaped like a mushroom, with windows discretely worked into the design, and a small “dormer” style area jutting out from one side.

7. The Strawberry House, Japan

The Strawberry House is a brightly coloured home that, as the name suggests, looks like a strawberry – complete with the stem and leaves at the top.  There are discrete windows dotted around the upper part of the house, and the entryway is built into a smaller strawberry that sits next to it.

Many of these weird and wonderful homes have been up for sale in recent years.  They tend to fetch pretty spectacular prices, though, so most of us will have to settle for living in a home with four walls and a roof.

By guest author Amy Fowler on behalf of specialist window installers, Stormclad. For more from Stormclad, follow them on Twitter.

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