How long did it take you to write your book about the Weird Homes Tour?
It took us about six months of interviewing homeowners, assembling and curating photos, and then we released the book and working with an amazing editor, Luann. It was an Amazon bestseller in the architecture category, which was great, and now we are working on other books and other cities as we expand. We get all our amazing photos from Thanin Variyaki. You can see the book here.
What are some of your favorite weird homes?
The Bloom house that looks like a Mushroom. It’s in West Austin, and it was built by a commune of hippies in the 1970s. There are no hard edges in the entire home, inside or out. Everything is curved. It took them five years to build. It almost looks like something a hobbit would live in.
I love the Airplane Home in Portland. There’s an airplane in the middle of rural Oregon, outside of Portland, and it’s a 737 the owner got as part of this worldwide community that rehabilitates old planes and turns them into homes. They believe in this grand vision of all of us living in recycled planes. You can’t make it up!
We love Lois Goodman’s home, the “under the sea” house - we just interviewed her on our podcast. Although Lois claims she’s not an artist, the attention for detail is absolutely fantastic.
There’s a lady in Detroit, Shanise Tucker, and her house is just amazing - every room is a collection of something, and each room is unique and different. She makes all of her own furniture and all of her own clothes. It’s a collection of collections. Shanise’s day job is working at Ford. She’s not a full time artist. But she expresses so much creativity.
There’s another home in Portland that’s stuck in 1948 modern - everything is stuck in time. “Maritime home” They have a vintage working 1950’s tv. Everything is retro and in period.
Speaking of podcasts: you have a brand-new podcast. What inspired you to get it started?
Victoria Taylor constantly harassing me that we should do a podcast! But she did poke us in the side enough that we thought this would be a good idea. Her husband graciously edited the first version. And then we used that and we went to the Austin American Statesman, the local newspaper, and they said “This is a great idea. We are trying out new media.” And they’re producing a pilot of 6 episodes where we interview some of our wildest and craziest homeowners in Austin.
You’ve built the tours up to have a strong fanbase. What are some of your goals for the future?
Our future goals are more books, more podcasts, and a reality show.
We are actively seeking producers for a reality show! So please contact us. We plan to add a New York City homes tour, which will be run by Victoria and her husband (hahaha!) But probably international expansion. I could see a London Weird Homes in the future, we just have to figure out what that looks like. And lastly, more partnerships with other home tours and tours.
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