Extreme Homes

Lately, while I’ve been in the messy and some-what chaotic process of converting my son’s old room into a home office, my house has been feeling a bit out-of-sorts. My mind has been preoccupied with lots of decisions. Spinning around inside my brain are the pros/cons of paneled vs painted walls, decisions about rug choices, lighting choices and chair choices. So, while I take a deep breath and remind myself it doesn’t all have to be done by tomorrow, I thought I’d share a few “interesting” homes that assure me my home isn’t that topsy-turvy after all. Take for example… this house!

As hard as it is to believe, this home in Syzmbark, Poland, was actually built this way on purpose! A man by the name of Daniel Czapiewski, a Polish philanthropist and designer, built this “upside down house” as a social commentary on Poland’s former Communist era. If you’re having one of those days when you aren’t sure which way is up, don’t look at this house….just know, you aren’t alone!

As I’m mulling over the incomplete state of my home office, I am happy to report that my slow progress (or seemingly slow to me) is not due to a stint in jail like the owner of this home in Archangelsk, Russia, known as the “Gangster House.” Apparently, Nikolai Sutyagin was building his dream home when he was hauled off to jail, so it remains unfinished. Even though it was never finished, at 13 stories tall, it is still thought to be the world’s tallest wooden house.

While I continue pondering my decor options for a home office, I’m relieved my home isn’t quite the “eyesore” this home appears to be. πŸ˜‰ This extreme home is actually a wooden sphere and you must access it by a spiral stairway or a suspension bridge because it is designed to hang from a tree! Doesn’t it look like a giant eyeball?

While I sometimes feel like I’m just “hanging out there” as I continue deliberating all the choices for my home office, I am reminded by this home in the Ukraine, it could be a lot worse. Shockingly, this structure is completely supported by a single cantilever! It has been thought that it may have been an old bunker for the “overload of mineral fertilizers.” I have no idea what that means, but you have to admit, it’s pretty wild looking! Why or for what purpose do you think it was built?

The next time you begin to feel making decorating decisions is sort of like sorting out a Rubik’s cube, just be glad you aren’t living inside one. πŸ˜‰ This “Cube House” is located in Rotterdam, Netherlands and it’s actually called a KijkKubus home. Designed by, architect Piet Blom, these homes are constructed with three floors: a living room, kitchen, study and bathroom on the first floor, bedrooms on the second floor and an attic or viewing deck on the top.

If the stress of making all these decorating decisions gets the best of me, you’ll find me here… living in a tree house in Irian Jana, Indonesia. These amazing homes, perched in the tops of trees, were built by the Korowai and Kombai clans. I guess they don’t have a fear of heights, huh? Can you imagine being in one of these homes during a big storm? This certainly makes my decorating decisions look a lot less daunting! πŸ˜‰ Would you ever go up inside one of these? Not sure this girl would!

(All pictures in this post are from www.elledecor.com)

Have you ever toured the Winchester Mystery House? When I was visiting a friend in California a few years back, I had a chance to tour this house and it was an amazing experience. See more of it in this previous post: The Winchester Mystery House


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  1. Pam - diy Design Fanatic says:

    Ahhhhh!!!! Crazy!

  2. I don't get it, but to each his own. πŸ™‚
    Scissors & Spatulas

  3. Kelsie From Our Country Home says:

    I feel my house is a little boring and safe after seeing all of those others.

    I still have a PILE of stuff to sort thru in my studio and lots of work to get it how I want it to look and all on a budget of $0 lol.

    Good luck and blessings Kelsie

  4. There is no force on earth that would get me in the last one!

  5. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Tracy, LOL I'm with you on that! πŸ˜‰

  6. Designs By Pinky says:

    No way, Jose on that last one!!!! Nope. I get scared when we have high winds and we are surrounded by trees. I can't imagine being UP IN ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YIKES:):) I will be posting tomorrow night too! XO, Pinky

  7. notyet100 says:

    luved the treehouse

  8. Crazy! Some friend in McDonough built a house into an embankment. It's so crazy. The front of the house is totally traditional. Inside the house with the lighting they designed you would never know you were basically in a cave! It sounds odd but it's a really beautiful. The couple built this house themselves, and I do mean with their own hands. It took seven years and they paid for the project as they went along. It has a gorgeous winding staircase, requires no heat or air conditioning and who would imagine the house is in a cave!!!

  9. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Cheryl, that is so interesting! I had a neighbor down the road who had a similar house but I think someone bought the property a few years ago and built a regular house there, so it may be gone now. Your friend's house sounds neat, although I don't think I'd like living partially underground. πŸ˜‰

  10. Pretty interesting Susan, and certainly resourceful of you to dig these out! However, not one to be intentionally politically correct, may I just say, some people have more money than……something else!
    Hugs, Lisa

  11. Heather@The Black's Best says:

    Isn't it amazing what some people think of us "home".

  12. martinealison says:

    Ce sont des demeures incroyables!!!

  13. Entertaining Women says:

    Check out the steel house…http://www.travelintelligence.com/travel-writing/a-tour-of-the-steel-house-in-lubbock-texas. This home is in my sister's neighborhood. Marlis will be familiar with it, too! The man paid cash for it. He'd build until he ran out of money, stop and save, and then build again. It took him years. He died shortly after finishing it. By the time it was done, it was rusted. Thanks for sharing this neat post. Cherry Kay

  14. I was at home in Szymbark (first photo). The impressions are amazing! You can go inside the house. Inside are two floors. Wardrobes, beds, chairs – everything is attached to the ceiling. Visiting this house, after a few minutes I began to think that I'm walking the ceiling! That is terrible! My labyrinth can not accept;)
    I had to quickly get out of this home!
    Greetings to All: o)

  15. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    That's amazing that you have been inside! So interesting to hear that even the furnishings were attached to the ceiling! I can't even imagine how they managed all that…too funny! I'd love to see some interior pictures. Thanks for sharing that bit of information about the house! πŸ™‚

  16. Hi beth,
    you always have the most amazing stories for us. I wouldn't love to live in one of those houses but the look very interesting. Thank you for showing us this nice collection.
    Greetings, Johanna

  17. Have to tell you my favorite house story! A friend bought several lots in Vegas–we're in Seattle-and discovered that a builder in the area accidentally built a house on one of them. Talk about a legal mess–couldn't be sold or occupied–city wouldn't sign off on it. Took about four years to straighten out. Got so that the first topic of any conversation was how's your house! Karen

  18. Great, interesting post Susan – I'll feel more at ease seeing your home office reveal though!

  19. My Cottage Charm says:

    Hey Susan! πŸ™‚ I cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like to live in a sphere…I think I'll take my two story rectangle any day over a dangling eye ball! lol πŸ™‚
    Hope your room re-do isn't making you too crazy! I know when I'm in the middle of a project and stuff is all around me and out of place, it starts to wear on my nerves! Hope you're not there yet! πŸ™‚
    Found a great little chandelier at the habitat re-store center yesterday…that's what will be occupying my next day or two! πŸ™‚
    have a great week!

  20. OK – that "overload of mineral fertilizer" place? I'm thinking it was built that way so that trucks could pull underneath and the fertilizer could drop into them. So – the fertilizer was loaded from a spot over the truck.

  21. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Missy, thanks! I'll be a new person when I get the wallpaper down. LOL This weekend I'm attacking it again! Oooh, a chandelier…I know you'll do something awesome with it!

  22. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Staci…you are so smart…I bet that's it! Still looks scary hanging out there, doesn't it.

  23. All the real estate shows tell you before you buy a house to consider its resale possibilities. I think someone needed to stress that a bit more to these builders.

    Whatever the mind of man can conceive…

  24. Jacqueline says:

    Perfect for those who want to complain about their homes – just like anything else, someone always is worse off than you! Wow, glad they aren't my neighbors either.

  25. ~Tablescapes By Diane~ says:

    Hi lovely lady. This was Crazy !!
    I hope you have a Great Evening sweet lady.

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