Home is Where the Odd Is

“Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is.”  ~Charles M. Schulz

dude-80s-boomboxes-were-big-great-for-hard-rock-tooMan, those 80’s boomboxes were big!  This real house in Fafe, Portugal has a built in sound system that exclusively plays…wait for it…hard rock.

084-na.jpg“People who live in glass houses…” The completely transparent Fujimoto House Na is in Tokyo, Japan (as opposed to, say, Tokyo, France).

house-4-just-room-enough-island-is-one-of-the-famous-thousand-islands-that-straddle-the-us-canada-border-in-the-saint-lawrence-river-there-are-a-few-lawn-chairs-out-front-on-the-familys-tiny-beachJust Enough Island on the St. Lawrence River in Canada. “Visit us sometime, eh?  Nah, just kidding.  Now, go away, eh.”

house-worlds-skinniest-in-keret-polandThe world’s skinniest abode, Keret House in Poland is just 36″ wide at its widest point. Adds new meaning to the term “sleepover.”

house-3-25-houses-were-built-illegally-on-top-of-a-local-shopping-mall-in-hengyang-hunan-province-today-they-serve-as-dorms-for-employees-from-the-mallIn response to rising property prices, this makeshift suburb was (illegally) built on the roof of a shopping mall in Hunan, China.

house-mushroom-house-cincinnatiThe Mushroom House in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I live (um, in Cincinnati, not in the house). It’s for sale, so share a doobie and make an offer, man. And stay mellow.

house-south-koreas-mr-toilet-sim-jae-duck-famous-for-beautifying-public-toiletsHome of South Korea’s “Mr. Toilet” Sim Jae-duck (a politician known for beautifying public utilities). Cleaning is a breeze–just flush.

house-2-the-paro-taktsang-monastery-is-tucked-away-on-a-rock-face-in-bhutans-paro-valley-the-complex-has-been-around-since-the-17th-century-monks-who-practice-the-local-form-of-buddhismHome of the Paro Taktsang monks of Bhutan since the 17th century. They would have left, but couldn’t figure out how to get down.

house-church-2A home for God?  This “deconstructed church” was designed by California architect Michael Jantzen, but God refused to fund the project.

house-summer-hot-meanwhile-inside-my-head-castle-neuschwansteinWe’ll be home for the holidays, so drop by, won’t ya? And bring the kids; we’ll make room. It’s cramped, but we love it.

“Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.”  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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37 Responses to Home is Where the Odd Is

  1. bdeckard92 says:

    For number one we would have also accepted, “Where they actually live In between a rock and a hard place….

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  2. Great quote and cool pics! Home sweet home! Thank you for sharing. Ps that house on the island made me nervous!

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  3. Ha! Pretty cool. We have a neat round house in these parts. I call it the cistern house. Come to find out it’s really the septic tank house. I don’t know what would make someone think, oh look, a cesspool, I’d really like to live in that. 🙂

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  4. Okay, you had me going with the church so I had to google Michael Jantzen. His photos are really cool. Weird, but cool!

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  5. Amy Parmeter says:

    Delightful pictures – and lovely final quote!

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  6. Really enjoyed this post! I was born and raised in Cincinnati and have been going home for all of my adult life but somehow just discovered The Mushroom House when I was home this September. Had to stop the car and get out to take pictures…..how much fun would it be to live there?! If only it had a bit more yard!

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  7. Very crazy and FUN! Enjoyed it Mitch… thank you! 🙂

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  8. dawnlizjones says:

    Oh, give me my home, where the buffalo roam….

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  9. oneta hayes says:

    That housing addition on the shopping mall has obviously been built by one builder since it is laid out in such a manner and all the houses are alike. I wonder how that was possible since it was illegal. Looks pretty smart though. But hard to get the cars in the garage? 😀

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    • mitchteemley says:

      I’m sure the mall owners must have known. I’m guessing it was illegal in the sense that it wasn’t state authorized (this is China, after all). The owners were kicked out :>(. The buildings are now used as housing for migrant workers.

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  10. Roos Ruse says:

    That’s one terrific night cap for a long day, Mitch. Annd I have a connection on this clear, beautiful Washington night and can tell you so! Truly there’s no place like home.

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  11. Tim says:

    Wow. That deconstructed Church is frightening… so postmodern

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  13. kerbey says:

    I just realized I must like ordinary, cookie-cutter things. These disturb me, especially the glass. No privacy gives me the heebeejeebs.

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  14. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Fascinating homes, every one. Thank you for the fun tour, Mitch, and the invitation to drop by your humble little castle!

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  15. bg says:

    ok …..i gotta say it …that 1st house rocked 😊

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  16. gpavants says:

    Hi Mitch,

    Fun stuff. I have a dream some day to be full time writer and have a camp with all sorts of places like these for people to stay and get away. It’s fun to see what other people have come up with.

    Thanks, brother,


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  17. Sakhi says:

    Wow ! What a beautiful post. Such easy on the eyes homes. Keep up the good work and keep smiling always. 😊🌹

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  19. Awesome photographs! I love pages like this! Bizarre, but appealing. Curious what the deconstructed church looks like inside!

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