Mike Thomas bought 9 meter (30ft) concrete Latchingdon Water Tower that was falling apart in 2013 for £197,000. It is located 24 km (15 miles) from Chelmsford and boasts stunning views over the Crouch estuary in Essex. It took the new owner 2 years to transform the industrial structure that was built in the 1930s to luxury three bedroom home with an indoor gym. He spent nearly £250,000 on renovation. The two-year project saw the tower completely refurbished and it is now habitable for the first time since it was last used nearly 30 years ago.
This is a new five-star restroom in the Bishan district of Chongqing, China. The facility is 150 square meters and has an elegant interior design as well as quality materials: like marble floors, granite imitation walls, lacquered wood doors and urinal separators, even chandeliers. A central heating system and 24-hour air-conditioning keep the place at a constant temperature of 26 degrees Celsius all the time. There is also a high-quality stereo system that plays soothing music. The five-star public restroom cost about 800,000 yuan ($115,785) to build.
Today more and more people prefer living in small spaces. This tendency becomes so popular that it is now called ‘the tiny house movement.’ It is the social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. If a typical American house is about 240 square meters (2,600 square feet), then the typical tiny house is between 10 and 40 square meters (100 and 400 square feet).
The stunning tiny cabin of 35 square meters (376 square feet) is located on the edge of the Åkrafjorden fjord in western Norway. It is accessible only on foot or horseback which means that it had to be entirely built with the materials found nearby. The stone and log cabin fits in perfectly causing minimal footprint on its surroundings.