Archive for February, 2012

When it comes to bathroom designs, the Internet is flush with ideas about the contemporary toilet. These days, you’ll find lots of green bathroom remodeling tips about the latest generation of high-efficiency toilets (HET). The newest HETs offer an .8 gallon procedure, where older toilets consume 6 gallons to do the job. But none of them look halfway as interesting as these unique designs I’ve culled by Googling and going with the flow.

Commodious dentitis

Photo by Holy Taco

Photo by Holy Taco

Toilet designs like this make you wonder what their creator had in mind. Perhaps it was an earnest attempt at water conservation through the power of persuasion.

Bathroom for massively multiplayer addicts

Photo by Curious Photos

Photo by Curious Photos

Last year a 20-year-old British man died from a blood clot that formed during his all-night shifts on his console playing the online game Halo. In 2009, a young Korean man committed suicide when he discovered could no longer walk away from his console. Seriously, gentlemen, take a break, will you?

Go fish

Photo by Izismile

Photo by Izismile

Someone call PETA. What happens to the fish when the tank drains to flush the commode? It’s an interesting enough design, but I couldn’t possibly sit there with all those eyes on me.

Heat for your seat

Photo by Nomadness TV

Photo by Japanese Stuff

You have to hand it to Japanese designers who created this warm toilet for those icy winter mornings. It’s probably not the model to choose if you have a family member that already spends too much time in there.

The butt of someone’s joke

Photo by Reverse Monster

Photo by Reverse Monster

No, it’s not the Grateful Dead’s old drum kit. But with more than 2,050 different styles of bathroom toilets on the market, you’d have a tough time convincing your spouse to live with this one.

Uncanny experience

Photo by Azareal

Photo by Azareal

It took an Atlantis astronaut more than six hours during his spacewalk to “fix” bad smells coming from this toilet on the International Space Station. It would take you a month of physics classes at the Houston Flight Center to learn how to use this clinical masterpiece.

Need to read up on your flush-toilet antiquity? Peruse Gizmodo’s “The Long, Unglamorous History of the Toilet.”

From humble origins, the youngsters who lived in the homes pictured below grew into musical legends. Many singer-songwriters, like Bruce Springsteen, have always sung about their hometown and upbringing. Some weave adolescent stories into the architectures of their discography.

Fans make pilgrimages to the homes of their heroes’ beginnings; others stand outside the locked gates of mansions where the singers live today. These homes show the environment from which these megastars found their voice.

I ain’t gonna act politically correct

Photo by Shania Twain Biography

Photo by Shania Twain Biography

Brick and siding is what you think of in urban designs, but floor-level of this house in Timmins, Ontario, is the childhood home of a country singer. Born Eileen Regina Edwards, Shania Twain shared a basement room with her sister here.

There’s a red house over yonder

Photo by The Seattle Times

Photo by The Seattle Times

But you won’t find it anymore. In this 900-square-foot house in Seattle, a 13-year-old Jimi Hendrix began playing guitar after seeing Elvis Presley perform. Despite an effort by a local developer to save the home, it was razed in 2009. Read more about it in The Seattle Times.

The kid is not my son

Photo by Fashion 121

Photo by Fashion 121

The flowers are for the eighth of ten children who were packed into this Gary, Indiana home.  Michael, born August 29, 1958, and the other Jacksons lived here until they were signed by Motown and moved to Los Angeles in 1968.

Sleeping in that old abandoned beach house

Photo by The Star Ledger

Photo by The Star Ledger

Along the Jersey shore, houses with cottage designs were inexpensive to rent in the mid 1970s. In this house, at 7 1/2 W. End Ct. Long Branch, Springsteen wrote his fabled songs, Born to Run, Thunder Road and Backstreets. He wasn’t born here, but his legend was.

Like a child, you whisper softly to me

Photo by Fox News

Photo by Fox News

A half hour outside Detroit, you’ll find this two-story, colonial-style Rochester Hills home that Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone shared with five siblings and her parents.  Madonna’s mother died from cancer in 1963 when the future singer was only 5 years old.

Come back, baby, I wanna play house with you

Photo by Our Pratville

Photo by Our Pratville

This two-room shack was built in 1934 in Tupelo, Mississippi by Vernon Presley. His wife Gladys gave birth to twins on January 8, 1935, but only Elvis survived.

How did your childhood home and environment influence you?

Recent Comments

  • Kid's stuff:Bedroom furniture for dreamers

    Hey Woodrow,

    You've put together a great post here. Hardwearing and long-lasting bedroom furniture is so important when you have young children, and choosing pieces which can handle the rough-and-tumble that comes with having little ones is key!

    Best wishes, Alex.

  • Awesomely Oddball Lawn and Garden Accessories

    I plan to do this. What was your process in painting the bottom...outside portion of the tub?

  • Poor staging can crush your home sale

    Woodrow, you have once again 'nailed' the essence of the issue of staging your home for sale with easy to understand pics and words. These are definitely rules to live by, oh wise one! I know I"m soaking up the knowledge you share--- now excuse me while I wring myself out. Can't wait for the next issue.

  • To everyone, a room of one's own

    We've recently bought a house which needs A LOT of work and I'm trying to convince my other half to let me build a "room of my own" for the house, one where I can put my games console and beer fridge. She's not gone for it yet though. The most I've managed to get is an office I can work out of ... not quite the same ... LoL.

    Mine would certainly be like the car boot room in the first image :)

    Ben

  • Home designs you haven’t seen before

    I wonder how far the folks in the Rock House are able to drive in their car? Maybe down to their boat? It's so true that home is where you are at the moment.

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