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10 of the weirdest and wackest homes from around the world

The dream of owning your own home isn’t just about the white picket fence anymore. Your house is an expression of who you are, no matter how weird and wacky that you may be. There are some seriously talented and creative architects out there right now, creating some seriously awe-inspiring homes. While there are countless examples of cool homes to choose from, we’ve narrowed down our current 10 favorites for you.

No, the Mushroom House in La Jolla, California isn’t remnants from a Star Wars set. The strange and circular home was built in the 1960s by Dale Naegle for Sam Bell of Bell’s Potato Chips. It’s built onto a hillside just blocks from Black Beach and even has an extended elevator up the hill.

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Talk about a cliffhanger. The entire town of Castellfollit de la Roca in Catalonia, Spain is built on less than one square kilometer on the edge of a narrow cliff. The cliff was formed thousands of years ago from lava flow and the basalt formation is over a kilometer long and over 50 meters high. The town itself is packed full of homes and shops across the narrow plateau, making for an intimate connection with your neighbor.

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Tiny homes are trending something fierce right now, with home owners looking for value, environmental consciousness, minimalism and flexibility in their living quarters. The tiny homes from Micro-Compact Homes fulfill all those boxes and are super modern and sleek-looking to boot. These particular box homes are meant to be temporary houses and have a 5 year lifespan.

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When it comes to urban living, often the only way to go is up. But soaring into the sky doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice coveted outdoor green space. The Urban Cactus in Rotterdam is the perfect example of thoughtful architectural planning, allowing the condo’s inhabitants the luxury of an outdoor terrace that is staggered in such a way that no apartment terrace has a roof obstructing its sky view.

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The Farnsworth house is a shining example of mid-century modern architecture— literally! The glass house, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the late 1940s, is a glittering glass house set in the Chicago suburbs and contains a single room. Van der Rohe built the home for prominent Chicago doctor, Dr. Farnsworth, as a weekend retreat.

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For the Whaley House in San Diego, California, it’s not so much about what’s on the outside as what’s on the inside that makes it so unusual. The former home, courthouse and office building is known as the most haunted building in the United States. It’s said that both a suicide and hanging happened inside the walls and people have reported seeing ghosts wandering the halls since.

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The Boston Harbor Lighthouse was the first lighthouse ever built in America. It was first built in 1719 and was later destroyed in 1776 — the year of the birth of the country — and even played a part in the Boston Tea Party. After it was destroyed, it was rebuilt in 1783 and remains the second-oldest working lighthouse in the country.

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Architect John Petrarca completed his dream home in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City in 2002. Clocking in at over 6,000 square feet, five stories and equipped with an ecologically friendly geothermal climate system, it’s a personal and grand feat of modern architectural design.

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When a home is designed based on a mathematical shape that has no discernible sides to it, you know that it’s going to be pretty unique. The Melbourne, Australia-based architectural firm McBride Charles Ryan architects created this beach bungalow designed the this home with lots of angles and irregular shapes so that the inhabitants feel as though they’re both inside and outside at the same time.

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The Italian village of Cince Terre is quite precariously placed on the edges of a cliff overlooking the sea. All the buildings — and views from those buildings — are well-known for their breathtaking beauty and draw tourists from all over the world to their teetering walls.

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Chapels turned into awesome homes

We’ve all heard the quotes (and seen them on Pinterest) espousing the ideas that our home is our sanctuary. Of course, while a bit trite, there is truth to it: home is meant to be a safe place, a haven and relief from the outside world. But what happens if you took the concept literally? Magic, actually – pure, architectural magic.

Chapel-on-the-Hill looks like a quaint village church from the outside. There’s the traditional arched windows, vaulted ceiling and cross symbolism. Once you step inside, however, you’re met with a modern, light-filled loft space. It’s a whimsical marriage of modern and vintage with the exposed beams, industrial light fixtures, hardwood floors and modern art.

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Evolution Design transformed this Forest-In-Teasdale, England church taking great care to keep the original design and intention in tact while creating a usable, modern space for guests to enjoy.

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This converted church in Louviers, Colorado has been so well transformed, it looks like a traditional Cape Cod. The former place of worship, which is currently on the Register of Historic Places, boasts three bedrooms, three baths and over 2,000 square feet, making it the perfect balance between conventional and un.

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St. Jakobus Church, renovated by Zecc Architects in Utrecht Netherlands, worships at the altar of modern design. With the original lines as intact as possible, this church-cum-loft is probably the most church-y looking of all the converted buildings. Rather than making the space fit the furniture, Zecc approached this redo the other way around, placing furniture, fixtures, cabinetry and other living necessities in ways that disturbed the space as little as possible. I’m guessing it took its inhabitants quite a while before they felt comfortable speaking above a reverential whisper in this divine space.

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If you’re in the market for something a little more ornate, take a look at this San Francisco stunner. This 1909 Gothic style church has been fully upgraded with the most modern amenities: library, media room, master suite, dressing room, home office and a first floor that can be used as a wine cellar, gym or even as an art gallery.95c26937cf73e590df6dae23eae76938

The interior is cavernous – but in a totally glamorous way. The designers were not afraid of a little empty space in this massive old church so the dark wood trim, polished hardwood floors and elegant furniture is punctuated by incredible breadths of emptiness, which is quite spiritual indeed.  [sources: mymodernmet.com, zillow.com, zecc.nl, decoist.com, rchdaily.com]

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Tired of the hassles and expense of a traditional home, Andrew and Gabriella Morrison decided to simplify their lives with this beautiful and efficient tiny home. The project, which they call hOMe, checks in at a paltry 221 square feet with an additional 128 square feet of loft space. It even has partially concealed wheels should they feel they need to change views at any time. All this for just over $22,000!

Though tiny in size, it’s large in function, with the small abode still boasting a full sized kitchen with all appliances, master bedroom, fully functioning bathroom, and even a home office. Of course, there were sacrifices to be made to make this all possible — the Morrisons had to do away with about 80% of their possessions. But with a quaint beautiful home like this — mortgage free, no less — we’d say it’s certainly been worth it.

For more information on the home, view the video at the end of the page, visit the website Tiny House Build where the Morrisons got their home plans, or take a look at this small efficient cabin we featured previously.

Source: Tiny House Build via Distractify

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Couple Simplifies Life With Remarkably Efficient Tiny Home

Amazing to see the things you can do with small spaces when you just put some thought into your storage areas.

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