Most unusual homes

The craziest house in Kansas City

image from: kc.modernhometours.com

image from: kc.modernhometours.com

On a tree-lined residential street in Kansas City, Missouri, amidst older colonial style homes, sits the neighborhood blemish. You know, the one that makes drivers slam on their brakes and say – “Look at THAT thing!”

The Nichol House was designed by child prodigy/architect guru of funkiness Bruce Goff. Known for his organic twist on modern home design, Goff began apprenticing with a Tulsa, Oklahoma architectural firm at the age of 12. In his mid twenties, he made firm partner.

image from: http://kc.modernhometours.com

image from: http://kc.modernhometours.com

The Nichol House was designed in 1965 by Goff and built the same year by Michael Rothstein Construction.

The Nichol House has many groovy and unexpected features, first and foremost being the octagonal floor plan with a central fireplace and water feature. The great room at the center of the house also features a suspended genuine Sputnik satellite.

image from: http://kc.modernhometours.com

image from: http://kc.modernhometours.com

Not only was Bruce Goff a bona-fide boy-wonder genius, he was also a kid at heart. He died in 1982 but many of his far-out designs continue to enliven and embolden the American mid-west.

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The Ephraim Shay House

image from: www.flickr.com

image from: www.flickr.com

The Shay Hexagon House was designed and built by a guy named Ephraim Shay in 1890. He actually sheaved the house inside and out with stamped metal!

This unique home is located in the lakeside resort town of Harbor Springs in northern Michigan.

image from: livability.com

image from: livability.com

So who was this industrious fellow?

Ephraim Shay  was born in 1839 in Ohio. He is known for designing the first Shay locomotive and he subsequently patented the brand.

In addition to the geared steam locomotive that made him famous, Ephraim Shay designed, built and operated the Harbor Springs Water Works, and, created a steel yacht from galvanized sheet metal called “the Aha”.

image from: harborlightnews.com

image from: harborlightnews.com

Shay was both an inventor and a builder so naturally, his ingenuity transferred to his personal residence as well.

Completed by the year 1892, the Hexagon house was built from stamped steel on both the interior and exterior. The home has six large hexagon-shaped rooms that join in a central section which is open to the second floor. The central portion forms a tower with – you guessed it – 6 sides.

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A WOW house for water and disco lovers

image from: http://www.estately.com

image from: http://www.estately.com

This house in Marina Del Rey, California is just wicked cool. Not only does it have a 10,000 gallon shark tank [is it legal to have sharks as pets??], it also has one of those glass-bottomed rooftop pools:

image from: http://www.estately.com

image from: http://www.estately.com

They went all-out on this crazy house which is currently listed for sale at: $5.725 million

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image from: http://www.estately.com

Part Steampunk, part ’80’s rewind; the style is just a big mish-mash of gaudy-chic disco-ball metallic paint and faux-finish.

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Surf pods

image from: http://www.pitchup.com

image from: http://www.pitchup.com

Going to the UK again today for a look at these adorable things…

image from: http://www.atlanticsurfpods.co.uk/

image from: http://www.atlanticsurfpods.co.uk/

They are called Atlantic Surf Pods and they are located on the north Cornish coast of England.

image from: http://www.atlanticsurfpods.co.uk/

image from: http://www.atlanticsurfpods.co.uk/

Staying in these types of pods for vacations (or holidays as the British say) is known as “glamping” – a glamorous version of camping. This luxury glamping site is just a mile from the famous surfing beaches of Bude.

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Bug houses

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image from: http://www.inspirationgreen.com/ Photo by Bob Daamen www.flickr.com

Here at House Crazy, we’ve seen tree houses and book houses and doll houses and gnome houses, but what about bug houses? You got it – a place for your pet insects to live.

Since most insects are just passing through, however, a “bug motel” might be a more appropriate term.

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