You may consider it strange, unusual, striking, appealing or just plain weird, but some people like to express their creativity through the architecture of their homes. There have always been ‘interesting’ designs, like the Stone Tower at Claverdon in the West Midlands, but as the quest for individual identity and self-expression intensifies, we’re seeing more and more unusual architecture springing up. Some designs are borne partly out of necessity – limited space being a good reason – while others are purely down to the quirky tastes of the owners.
There is a risk to building a unique home that appeals to your aesthetics only; you might not be able to sell it easily or for the price you want if you ever want to move. On the other hand, there is also a benefit to creating a one-of-a-kind house; you can practically set any price you like because some people will pay anything for a conversation piece.
Take, for example, the passageway in Clapham that sold for an astounding £260,000! The passage is between a coffee shop and charity shop on Northcote Road and comes in at only 0.016 acres. However, planning permission has been granted for a studio that will provide an impressive 900 square feet of space. Granted it’s not an unusual property yet, but it will be and it’s already worth more than a quarter of a million pounds without a single brick being laid.
Then there is the black sheep in Kensington’s property market: the Grade II listed Modernist House which is on the market for £3,650,000. It was built in the 1960s by Tom Kay – an architect ahead of his time – for a commercial photographer and his opera singer wife. It sticks out like the proverbial sore thumb among all the white Victorian houses that surround it. The bold building occupies only 14 feet by 60 feet of land, but it provides 1,806 square feet of living space.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world
Some people take unusual architecture to extremes, like the Transparent House in Tokyo, which is quite literally transparent. You can see into almost every room of the house, except, wisely, the bathroom. It is not for the faint-hearted.
There is the Tube House in Barbados which is worth £377,000 and the Old Water Tower in Belgium.
If you’re looking for a new home or want to sell your old one – whether it can be defined as ‘quirky’ or comfortable – contact Tepilo online estate agents, specialists in the online property market.