In today’s diverse world of construction, different personalities, aesthetic tastes, and values result in many different styles of homes. Ideally, the architecture of every home should be a reflection of what is important to the people living there.
Whether you are actively looking for home builders in Tampa to construct your dream home or you are planning to get a home built in the near future, you may be able to draw inspiration from some of these unique homes across the United States, built by people with a very particular set of interests and motivations.
The Haines Shoe Home (Hellam, PA)
Constructed by Colonel Mahlon Haines in 1948 as a marketing gimmick, the Shoe House was constructed to bring customers to the Colonel’s shoe stores throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania. A generous man, Colonel Haines allowed elderly couples to vacation in the shoe, where they would be tended to by a live-in maid and butler. After the Colonel died in 1962, the Shoe House was converted into a landmark and today tours are given regularly.
The Unfinished Earthship Home (Columbus, NM)
The concept of the Earthship dates back to the 1970s. It is a type of home built from found and recycled materials that relies on natural energy sources. This particular Earthship was built by Eric Warman and is roughly 85% complete. Anyone who buys the home is required to join the City of the Sun, a community that provides a place to live for people of all faiths and spiritual beliefs.
The Bioscleave Home (East Hampton, NY)
Built in 1964 by Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins, the design of the Bioscleave House is based around the concept of “reversible destiny” or the idea that death is not inevitable for humans if they can change conventional perceptions and environments. The flooring consists of uneven concrete, none of the rooms have doors, and the windows are placed at unusual levels to throw off normal perception. All of these elements are designed to make people use their bodies in unusual ways to stimulate the immune system and prolong the human lifespan.
The Coral Castle (Miami, FL)
It took Latvian native Edward Leedskalnin 28 years to build this Miami estate, constructed completely from coral rock. Mr. Leedskalnin worked by himself and mostly at night to complete the castle, which he built as a monument to the woman he loved, Agnes Skuvst. The night before they were to be married, Agnes said that she could not marry him. Devastated, Edward left his home country and settled in Miami between 1918 and 1920. He started work on the Coral Castle around 1923. He continued to work on it until his death in 1951. To this day, it is unclear how a single person could build an entire castle out of such heavy stones: some of the blocks weighed thousands of pounds. Some home builders in Tampa nearby have drawn influence from the castle-style architecture of this home.
The Foam/Mushroom Home (Minnesota, MN)
Architect Winslow Wedin built this home in 1969 entirely out of polyurethane, chicken wire, and 2×2 wooden planks. The home has been through some of Minnesota’s most severe snowdrifts, blistering heat, and even a direct lightning strike. Because it is made of a type of insulation, it is extremely easy to heat: the original owners heated the entire home with just a single air exchange pump. Polyurethane was projected to be a building material of the future when this home was constructed, but it never caught on, which is part of the reason that this home is one of just a few polyurethane residences in the country.
While these homes show off architectural innovation taken to its extreme, it is not necessary for you to have such a unique home created in order to be happy. Home builders in Tampa and other parts of the world can create a place that is designed to meet your own requirements for aesthetics and comfort. Whether you want to live in a mushroom, a castle, or a normal house, anyone can get a great home if they find the right group of home builders in Tampa or the place that they live.