Amazing Homes Made By Converting Some Very Unexpected Spaces

When in search of a place that lets you get away from it all, it definitely pays to think outside the house-shaped box. That’s what these folks did when converting some very unexpected spaces into pretty awesome living places! Check out these amazing homes!
You can’t tell just by looking at it, but this cozy cabin is really a modified RV trailer (or as we say in the South, a ‘fifth wheel.” Don’t like the neighbors? Just batten down the hatches and move on down the road.
From the outside it looks like the last place you’d want to spend the night. But the inside, converted by artist Gregory Kloehn, sports all the comforts of home.
Rescued from a jungle junkyard, this 1965 Boeing aircraft is now a luxurious hotel full of hand-carved Indonesian teak furniture and monkeys for neighbors.
Built by the Ford Motor Company in the early 1920s, this massive transport ship was lugged up a steep riverbank to become a bed and breakfast, and later, a private home.
It took designer Dennis Schaller 20 years and a lot of scrap materials to construct this two-story abode.
The S.S. Encinitas and S.S Moon Light are stunning “houseboat” replicas built using materials from an old bathhouse.
These two corrugated metal grain silos in Utah have been converted into the ultimate bachelor pad overlooking the Provo River.
When Bick and Bonnie Smith purchased 10 acres in Montana, they decided to forgo new construction and converted the existing fire tower instead. The forest service still uses it as a lookout during fire season, and the Smith’s allow community groups to hold meetings there.
Kelly and her partner Chris converted a 1991 Ford Thomas school bus into a big-little house on wheels and now happily live wherever they want.
By now you’ve probably seen lots of converted shipping containers, but look at the green roof on this one!
11. House Inside a Shipping Container House


You can rent this place on Airbnb!
Not photo-shopped! This crazy house has become a bit of a tourist attraction in Portugal.
Okay, okay, it’s not a REAL seashell. It’s still ridiculously cool.
Lots of people take road trips in old VW buses. It takes a couple called The Dangerz to convert it into an awesome second home like this.
Built in the early 1900s, Buffalo’s Alternative High School was used for learning until 2004. Then it became these epic loft spaces.
This adorable German couple met on a train, and their first vacation was a four-day train ride from Berlin to Kazakhstan. So it only makes sense that they would turn train cars into their own comfy home.
This conversion happened because the owner was looking for an easier way to travel with his Rottweiler.
This 1956 this Scottish fire truck was restored and turned into a guest space — with a tiny kitchen and a wood-burning stove!
Complete with faux wood siding, simple windows and basic door, this bike trailer RV designed by Kevin Cyr is an almost perfect miniature replica of the real thing: no truck required.
Another design by Kevin Cyr, this tiny home is even smaller and pops out of a shopping cart.
For those days when you’re super nostalgic about the Cold War.
This unique home/workplace/hangar was created as the model for Santa Paula Airpark, a fly-in community.
These cavernous gasometers (gas tanks) formed the heart of Europe’s largest gas plant back in the 1800s. Now? World’s coolest apartment community.
UK resident Elizabeth Sutton converted a derelict military bunker into an underground oasis. No windows, but also, no noise.
Ricardo Bofill rescued this cement factory in Barcelona, Spain from near ruin. Now 30 silos, multiple buildings and towering ceilings are home to Bofill’s residence, headquarters of his business, and an exhibition hall.
Hardwood floors? Custom kitchen cabinets? This garbage truck is nicer than some apartments I’ve lived in.
When the Olympics came to town in 2012, London cabbie David Weekes converted his Hackney Carriage into the ‘Relax-A-Taxi’. For $75 a night, visitors frustrated by the city’s packed hotels could sleep in the cab’s backseat, which was outfitted with a memory foam mattress, bedside lamp, curtains, solar powered radio, iPad and portable fridge.
Built to be a gas station Bayou neighborhood of New Orleans, this 1918 building was a furniture-building shop and jewelry-making studio before being remade into a residence (that you can rent on Airbnb!).
The One-Log House was literally hollowed out of a single redwood tree back in 1946. This 32 foot-long section alone weighed 42 tons. It is estimated that the tree was 2100 years old.
31. Wine Cask


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