If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably always had a bit of a fascination with ancient Egypt. From the gods to the pharaohs to the Sphinx to the mystery of the Great Pyramid, it has always been one of the most interesting empires in history, right up there with the Romans and Connecticut women’s basketball. But was there ever a time when you stopped and thought to yourself, “hey, I’d kind of like to live in a large triangle surrounded by giant statues.”
If you have, then chances are you’re the reincarnated version of King Tut or the owner of a casino in Vegas. Or, you’re just an eccentric loon who decided to take your fascination with ancient Egypt a little too far. Something tells me that anyone who lives in a pyramid house is probably a cat person, too.
When you’re a kid, sleeping in a bed shaped like a car or a plane is kind of cool. You can let your imagination run wild, pretending you’re winning the Daytona 500 or crash landing on a mysterious island inhabited by a smoke monster and numerous illogical plot twists. But at some point you’ve got to face the fact that sleeping in something that looks like a vehicle is a little, well, weird.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped people from building and living in houses shaped like hovercrafts, space ships and boats (giving the terms “houseboat” and “boat house” both very new meanings). The hovercraft house is in New Mexico, and was built in 1984, and it combines the charm of an oversized racecar bed with the menace of an underground lair (the lower floor is actually built down within the earth). Sadly, as it is not an actual hovercraft, any vroom vrooming will still be left to your imagination.
Of course if you prefer to do your make believe outdoors and always thought that the house they built in Swiss Family Robinson was just totally badass, then maybe living in a tree house is for you. And no, I don’t mean a little tree house that you and your dad built that had about 12 square feet and the constant threat of falling through the ramshackle floor and breaking both of your legs. I mean an actual house built up in a tree.
Believe it or not, some people actually watched Return of the Jedi and thought Ewok village looked like a pretty alright place to hang their hat, so they naturally went out and built houses varying from tiny to freakin’ huge, spanning just one big tree or several. Some of them aren’t too costly, either, with some professional tree house companies offering to build an abode for about $50,000, along with any semblance of dignity you once had and have now surrendered for wanting to live in a tree.
- - Cave Houses: http://www.boncherry.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/400http-dyimgcom-a-p-ap-20090226-capt2720ade3292b4c82abf353d83fc88948cave_home_motg1031.jpg
- - Missile Silo/Bomb Shelter Houses: http://www.odditycentral.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/missile-silo-house.jpg
- - Shoe Houses: http://www.ronsaari.com/stockImages/roadsideAttractions/hainesShoeHouse.jpg
- - Pyramid Houses: http://www.eyje.com/images/emimages/may2008/egypt-like-pyramid-house.jpg
- - Hovercraft/Spaceship/Ship Houses: http://listverse.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/hoovercr.-house-new-mexico-1.jpg
- - Tree Houses: http://treehouseguy.files.wordpress.com/2006/10/treehouse-fall-04-gif.gif