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  • Reply Dave December 22, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    I had a Winnebago toy just like that when I was a kid.

    That’s a lot of stairs.

  • Reply Karin December 23, 2016 at 1:03 am

    I live in this neighbourhood and the house looks nothing like this now. It was sold and renovated a couple of years back – looks much better now.

  • Reply Sandy December 23, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Cute and innovative. Rescue of many recycled materials impressive but all that exposed plumbing makes for a noisy atmosphere I suspect.

  • Reply Janelle LaRoche December 23, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Just plain ugly!

  • Reply LBD December 24, 2016 at 3:38 am

    Ugly outside, ugly inside.

  • Reply Sparrow December 24, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    For my part, I love the inside. But the outside…yeah, not thrilled with it. I think I would redo it by painting it a simple white, then put a four-square turret on top to make the house look like a tower. Then it would look amazing.

    • Reply Cussot December 28, 2016 at 12:59 am

      You should check it out on Google street view – the exterior has changed a lot since the photos shown here.

  • Reply Stoney December 27, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    I love the three stories, the rooftop deck, the exposed wooden joists with their bridgework (but keeping the cobwebs clear will be a chore), and the claw-foot tub with the leaded window. As for the exterior, I think it is well suited to its surroundings. I wouldn’t want one of these plopped into a historically preserved neighborhood, but I see this house as reinterpreting the haphazardness and nondescript-ness of its surroundings in a creative and colorful way. My only question: can a rolling overhead door really be make weathertight against Canadian winters?

  • Reply urban moore December 27, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    I like it, but then, I ain’t got no class.

  • Reply Jane December 27, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I think this is clever and colorful. But, my back and legs could not handle it at all. Still a great place for a creative person to live!!

  • Reply ttthom2 December 27, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I love the interior. Am I correctly assuming that the bathroom is on same level as bedroom?? If there is one interior element I would add – it would be a 1/2 bath on bottom level with kitchen. I have to agree that the exterior is an eyesore.

  • Reply Lisa E December 27, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    This is the problem with modern art; after a few years it looks pretty tacky. If you go to places that have folk museums, which are actually preserved tiny villages, over the years they have become even more beautiful. This is what I love about Tiny Houses.

    If you take a metal RV, after a few years it looks dated and it looks like a rust bucket. I find them to be creepy just to enter. But a well done tiny house mellows with age and looks more and more homey. If I inherited this place, I’d redo the outside; probably clad it in wood, and on the inside, I’d keep the bones of the place but give it a decorative overhaul; it looks tired and run down.

    This build really isn’t all that ground-breaking. In 1946, LeCorbusier designed his Unite d’Habitation, aka The Marseille Block in France. It was supposed to be a fully self-contained mini city complete with rooftop accommodations that would last forever. But, like all modern art, it fell into disrepair and only 67 years later, the rooftop was sold off to another French designer, Oro-Ito, who is making a public cafe up there. It doesn’t take much for modern art to look “less-than” and end up in danger of being scrapped altogether. Yet, look at such things as the mighty cathedrals and castles of the Middle Ages; these things have become valuable historical treasures and are more beautiful than ever. Modern architecture could learn some lessons from the past, but I fear they are catering to the building and profit needs of contract corporations first and foremost.

  • Reply Catherine Paull December 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    What an interesting home! Sometimes it can be exciting to create something totally unique – and express yourself to the world. I can appreciate this home – inside and out.

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