Novelty real estate comes in all shapes, sizes, and forms, but it’s probably safe to say that you’ve never seen a house that used to be a dumpster. That’s right, a dumpster! News site The Blaze sometimes likes to include interesting and funny stories alongside their more serious, hard-hitting reporting, and this just happened to be one of those articles. However, The Blaze isn’t the only place to pick up on this unique piece of real estate: the website Neatorama, community weblog MetaFilter, and even the news site Huffington Post have both done stories about this home.
This “trashy” mobile home is property of 41-year-old artist Gregory Lincoln Kloehn, one of the direct descendents of President Abraham Lincoln, and his lovely wife Erica. They currently reside in Berkeley, California, though one of the advantages of having a home on wheels is its ability to travel anywhere at just about any time.
Greg’s rather unique job is to build homes, offices, and sound studios out of various kinds of storage containers. He then decided to take the plunge and tackle an exploratory challenge: to built a luxury home out of a dumpster because he wanted to “break down what a home can be” and see “what the components are.”
If his renovations prove anything, it’s that said components can dress up even the most drab of dumpsters. Among the many items he installed in the dumpster are luxe amenities such as running water, electrical power, a toilet, hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel kitchen appliances (including a stove and an oven), a water storage tank, a removable window garden, and even a barbeque and a railed sun deck that can be disassembled and reassembled at will. You can even use a hand crank to raise and lower a windowed section of the dumpster so, at night, no one can tell someone lives inside it.
Check out the videos below to view this extraordinary home in action:
If you happen to live in the Bay Area, you can view this home for yourself at the San Francisco Fringe Festival from Friday, September 16th to Sunday, September 18th. It will be located in front of the Exit Theatre at 156 Eddy Street, San Francisco, California.
Stephanie Huskey is the resident real estate blogger for Movoto and probably wouldn’t live in a dumpster, no matter how many amenities it included. Interested in getting her advice on your blog? She’s currently seeking guest blogging opportunities so she can share her knowledge with new communities! You can find her over here at Elance.com.