Some owners have a lot of trouble with basements that flood during rainy seasons. Underground leaks can be a major headache which can lead to dangerous mold, ruined stored items, and expensive repair bills.
Located in Wargrave on the River Loddon (just a few miles west of London), this one-of-a-kind private residence rests on top of stilts over the surface of the river. By far, the most striking feature of the house is the metallic staircase that descends into the river. For avid swimmers, fisherman, and boaters, a staircase like that is like a dream come true.
There isn’t one, but two separate staircases. The first is slightly enclosed within the house itself, while the second one juts outward into the river. I will admit: it’s a bit odd that they bothered to install two staircases. Once you have one, isn’t the second one a little bit redundant?
I also find it a bit peculiar that they chose to build this house on the River Loddon. England isn’t exactly famous for beautiful weather, and that brown, murky water isn’t quite as inviting as the crystal blue water you’d see on tropical beaches. It seems like this home would be better suited hundreds of miles closer to the equator.
But who am I to judge? I find the decisions behind this building a little bit strange, but ultimately the only thing that matters is that the homeowners are happy with it. In fact, good on ’em. I love that the homeowner and architects were willing to defy convention and come up with a home that’s truly out-there. Frank Lloyd Wright took a similarly unconventional approach when he built Fallingwater, and look where that got him.
So, don’t be afraid to use truly bizarre ideas in your home. Do you want an indoor waterfall? Stairs that descend into a river? A pond in the middle of your kitchen? A house that sits on top of a waterfall? Don’t let any naysayers stop you. The Hind House proves that weird can be beautiful!