Silver Linings and Skinny Skyscrapers on HGTV Extreme Homes

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HGTV Extreme Homes showcases a variety of unusual houses including a home made like a cloud and a skinny skyscraper that makes the most of available space in a busy city.

On HGTV “Extreme Homes,” fans get to see an array of unique houses that don't exist right around the corner. Decorating takes on a whole new level in a house of glass or one nestled amidst the spruces in Norway. From a skinny skyscraper to a house made like a cloud, these homes are definitely one-of-a-kind.

Head in the Clouds

One of the most original homes on HGTV “Extreme Homes” was located in Melbourne, Australia. The house was made like a cloud with a silver lining. It added a whole new aspect to the saying about having your head in the clouds. The Eduardian home was a fixer-upper acquired through a bidding process. They transformed it into an extreme home with the dimensional structure of a cloud.

Part of the Landscape

In South Africa, an extreme home blends in with the surrounding part of the landscape in honor of a nomadic tribe in the area. The land commemorates the homeowner's father, who ran schools for the community on the land. The modest thatched dome shape contains a myriad of modern comforts including polished concrete floors, large rooms and custom lights.

Sprucing it Up

The spruces of Norway are an integral part of another house featured in HGTV “Extreme Homes.” the two-story platform on spruces is insulated from the frozen environment around it. The house includes a small gradual railway that is wide enough for a wheelchair to access the front door. There is also a fire resistant volcanic stone fireplace for a cozy feeling. Because of its location, water is carted in and bio toilet waste is carried out. The lake outside is a gathering place for reindeer and moose to drink.

People in Glass Houses

Another one of the HGTV “Extreme Homes” brings to mind the old saying about people in glass houses should not throw stones. Homeowners in California reside in an actual house of glass with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay. There is a glass walkway that connects the front and back of the house so there is plenty of light from the sun in all the rooms. The ingenious design has a two-story front with a glass walkway and an hourglass shape leading to the back. There is even a glorious in-ground swimming pool.

Crossing the Bridge

A bridge house in Mexico offers a dramatic effect. The home is made of a bridge transferred to a plot of land. It has a 10-foot tall front door with a living room built into a cliff with a concrete base. The top floor of the home includes a wall of family x-rays in honor of the Day of the Dead skull theme in Mexico. One wall resembles a man's arm with arm hair to cool the surface. The religious heart of the house includes an altar room with Jesus suffering on the cross. The artist's home also showcases a variety of artistic pieces.

Indonesia Meets Southern California

Elements that were once part of a lost civilization temple on Indonesia are now part of one of the HGTV “Extreme Homes” in Southern California. The east Los Angeles retreat blocks out traffic noise by using water features such as mini waterfalls and ponds built in section around a central courtyard. The home is in a gated compound with a pool that seems to flow into the house. There are thick glass benches in the water for poolside drinks. The home has all kinds of Indonesian cultural items including driftwood sculptures and a fishing canoe hung from the ceiling.

Tribute to Trees

A case in Portugal pay homage to a king who saved the area from coastal erosion many years ago by planting pines. The homeowners own a local wood factory, which is evidenced by the maple floors and doorways with pine planks. The exterior of the home is surrounded with olive trees in honor of the family surname of the same meaning. The natural and minimalist home provides a variety of comforts.

A Football Stadium in Japan

One of the HGTV “Extreme Homes” is located in Japan and resembles a football stadium that is flooded with light. The living space is on the ground floor and the next level is a common sleep area where everyone enjoy communal living sleeping on mats. The stairs are a place for reading. It is the first stair house in the world and is also used for exercising.

An Artistic Temple for Living

In France, an artist who hung out with Picasso created his own eclectic home with tribal abstract and post expressionist work. It is a bridge between the east and west. The property includes a rebuilt cottage made into a temple dedicated to artists of the past. Since the artistic husband's death, the wife preserved the cottage and turned it into a museum and mausoleum.

The Skinny Skyscraper

In Germany, one enthusiastic homeowner built a skinny skyscraper between two buildings in a 13' alley gap. In a place where space is premium, this former architecture student built his slim house with everything including a garage and outdoor space on the roof. A crane and winch is used to bring furniture to the rooms. The neighbors agreed to the attached concrete central frame to their existing walls for support but the house would still stand if the neighbors took down their homes. There is even an office area and a sliver of garden in the back.

A Penthouse at the Smith Building

On the 35th floor, a penthouse exists in the landmark Smith Building in Seattle. Formerly a caretakers apartment, the pinnacle of the tower is now home for a woman and her two daughters. The gracious space includes Chinese artifacts that were abandoned in the famous building's basement. From the glass orb at the top of the pyramid, the residents can see the city in a whole new way.

HGTV “Extreme Homes” airs on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET

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