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    Default Unconventional Houses

    This is sort of a spinoff from my RV/motorhome thread.

    What sort of unconventional homes have you lived in? Meaning the building itself.
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    In a van down by the river



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    Not me personally, but my father used to live in a 29' sailboat on Lake Pontchartrain.
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    Boat(s), converted chicken coop, converted tool shed, two story building that had been put on giant pontoons and made into a floating apartment house, 1959 Plymouth mobile home AKA giant trailer.
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    Default I'm in the dog house

    I live in a building that was converted (very nicely) to a house but originally was a dog whelping kennel.



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    Interesting! For those very unconventional ones, aren't there local laws that sometimes get in the way of a creative residence? (Building codes, etc.)
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    When I was young we lived in the barn loft for about a year while my parents gutted/restored our house.

    I also lived briefly in a converted pigsty in England.

    I love it, as I can answer in the affirmative to "were you raised in a barn" or the variant "did you grow up in a pigsty?"



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    Quote Originally Posted by Beam Me Up View Post
    I love it, as I can answer in the affirmative to "were you raised in a barn" or the variant "did you grow up in a pigsty?"
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    My horses live in a converted chicken/pig house. But I don't love it.



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    Well, the two story building had been removed from a military installation so the building itself was code (probably). The pontoons, well, the county didn't have any code for houseboats at that time, although my dad designed the framework etc and eventually he worked with a lot of the concrete hull builders. The insurance companies actually had more to say about it as the value of the things got higher and higher and people took out loans to buy them - boat? house? what? And by now all the houseboats in that area are code structures on essentially a floating concrete basement. None of the really funky things you used to see.

    Both the chicken coop and the tool shed likely had no permits although if the conversion could be proved to have been done before 1963 in that county they would have been grandfathered in.

    Converting something that hasn't been housing can be really hard because you generally have to come back and meet today's codes and it's almost easier to just tear it down.
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    Circus tent sleeping on hay and tending over 30 stallions
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    We lived in the Seward Trunk Company factory in Petersburg, VA. Okay, it was converted to lofts... but it was still awesome and had some really neat details. We had an exposed brick wall that still had stamps from shipping labels all over it... it was really cool.



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    I have a tree growing through one of the rooms in my house!



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    I lived in a houseboat on the Black Warrior River in AL and then in the hangar of a private subdivisions airport in GA. They had made a little sleeping area upstairs, and then I just used the downstairs kitchen/restroom. I think there were only 3 planes, so I rarely saw anyone else in the hangar.
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    My trainer's home is a converted turkey barn and so cool inside, like an open loft style. I love it!

    fun thread



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    our house was formerly a utility building for a ski resort (now defunct). it's made things interesting, to say the least, when it comes to renovations, but i love it's history. the bunny slopes are my horse pastures
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    dh built an apartment in the hay loft of his family home in jersey city. it was a home which orginally had a stable on the first floor and house above.
    the ceilings of our 'love shack' were barely six feet, but it was so cozy and we loved being in love there.
    thanks for the memories!



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    6' x 9' trailer at 10,000 ft elevation in the Colorado Rockies

    converted slave cabin made out of 'tabby' (seashell concrete) on an island off the coast of Georgia

    palm frond hut in Sri Lanka

    stone mother-in-law cottage in Boulder, CO (reminded me of Hansel and Gretel)

    apartment in a converted monastery in Longmont, CO

    I love quirky houses



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    Quote Originally Posted by jennerate View Post
    I have a tree growing through one of the rooms in my house!
    Pictures please!

    I'm currently living in a chalk factory that was converted to dorms. Weird architecture.

    I also spent a semester in kind of a bungalow with a palm-thatched roof.

    ETA: I don't know if this counts, but my freshman year dorm room was the shape of a pie slice, in a cylindrical tower.
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    I did live in an RV for a year while we were building our home back in the late 90's. It was a 34' Cobra fifth wheel. Not bad at all and better than commuting.



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