Posts Tagged ‘alternative housing’


Where am I living now?

May 18, 2015


I like this floating, partially submerged, house, boat, houseboat developed by the Kleindienst Group and showcased at the recent Dubai International Boat Show.


CEO of Kleindienst Group, Josef Kleindienst comments,‘since launching the floating seahorse we have been inundated with local, regional and international inquiries. we are excited to not just offer people a once in a lifetime investment opportunity in Dubai but on a global scale. the floating seahorse is not restricted to Dubai waters and can be designed and fabricated in Dubai for other resorts and destinations worldwide.’


Moving up to the luxury boat’s sea level, the accommodation which includes a fully-fitted kitchen with a dining area and an open plan living area, has floor to ceiling windows, offering uninterrupted ocean scenes. furthermore, when the glass façade is open, the sun deck becomes an extension of the living space. on the upper deck, the floor is suitable for alfresco dining and relaxation, featuring an informal bed, mini bar, kitchenette and a glass-bottomed jacuzzi. the project is estimated to be completed by the end of 2016.


I am trying, however, to picture it on Lake Erie, hmmm, maybe not.

More at Design Boom


Where am I living now?

August 4, 2014

 futuro2Two Futuro Houses joined to make a single structure in Carlisle, Ohio

The Futuro House is another alternative living space.  This one was designed in the 1960s as a prefab dwelling that could be used as a weekend get-away and was suited to uneven terrain.  Many of these structures still exist around the world and some are still in use as dwellings.  The rise in oil prices in the 1970s pushed up the price of plastics that were used extensively throughout the Futuro homes and the company folded.
Imagine stepping inside a flying saucer. Now imagine living in one! In 1968, in light of the postwar boost in technology and space exploration, Finnish designer Matti Suuronen designed the Futuro House. Originally meant to be a modular ski-cabin that could be assembled and disassembled in rough terrain, the round home became an iconic piece of futuristic design. This particular space-age Home has had quite the tune-up, and it recently landed in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

The Futuro prefab stands 10 feet high, is 26 feet in diameter, and comes complete with an airplane hatch entrance. Suuronen chose a round design not only for its strength, but also for its ability to feel spacious while keeping material use to a minimum. The walls are made of fiberglass-reinforced polyester plastic, a new lightweight material that made the home both easily transportable and well-insulated. The interior houses up to 8 adults and includes a living room, kitchen, bathroom, fireplace, and bed chairs.

Mo­bile li­ving seemed like the new pos­si­bi­lity for the fu­ture. People could take their mo­ve­able home wherever they went, and live like mo­dern no­mads. However the oil crisis in 1972, production of the Futuro home was shut down as plastic prices nearly tripled. About 100 models were built and only half are estimated to survive today. Though tracking down the private owners of these space houses may prove a bit difficult, one Futuro home is readily available for rent in Wisconsin!


futuro4Living area with cool fire pit


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADining area of a Wisconsin Futuro House which can be rented

Other posts on unusual houses:

Quonset Huts

Dymaxion House

Heinlein House


Where am I living?

March 26, 2014

Earlier today I was looking for news about development plans for the lakefront of Lake Erie and I found this cool site . . .



. . . for Lake Erie Floating Homes  – what fun!


Last year we were able to take a February vacation to Florida.  One of our stops was on Marathon Key where we stayed overnight in a houseboat.  Granted, it was tied to the dock, but it had comfy chairs on the deck and we watched the moon and stars on the water.  Altogether a delightful experience.

These Lake Erie homes are closer to home, but I would guess are definitely seasonal.

Here are a couple of shots of the lake taken earlier this month.


Yes, that is the frozen lake.


This is by the marina in Rocky River.

Actually I have a terrific idea for a future lakefront park.  I think it would be super to have a model of the Great Lakes done up as ponds with their outline and contour visible.  Both educational and fun!