Funny Building Collection

Funny Building Collection

Will and Guy are building up a good collection of funny buildings and silly structures.

Stories and Pictures of Funny Buildings

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Largest Garden Folly for 100 YearsFunny Folly House

William Gronow-Davis saw an opportunity to build the largest folly in Britain for a century.  O2, the phone company, planned to build a nest of radio masts in Dorset England.  When they pulled out of the deal, Mr Davies saw the chance to erect a wonderful new garden folly on his Rushmore Estate in Dorset, England.  He settled on the design of an Indian mogul gateway, topped by five large copper domes.  The base of the folly is made from Turkish limestone and is decorated with the family's crest.

Mr Gronow-Davis reflected, "I would say that 99 per cent of the feedback I have had has been positive. Natural England has said it enhances the landscape.  You don't have to be rich to have a folly, it is not about extravagance, it is about beauty. I like the look of Mr Gronow-Davis' one and can't wait to see it.

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Strange 'Tardis HouseTardis House

The 125 year leasehold on this 44 square foot property is for sale in Truro, Cornwall, UK, for the sum of £19,950 [ $ 39,500 USD]. Will and Guy have learned that the building has one door and a Perspex roof but they cannot confirm that Dr Who has put in an offer.

The name TARDIS is a registered trademark of the British Broadcasting Corporation [BBC]. The TARDIS [Time and Relative Dimension(s) in Space] is a time machine and spacecraft in the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who. 

Finally, we muse, could this be the ultimate dog house?  If you look at the picture, could it be that the man in the white house in the background gets banished to the Tardis Dog House?

I'll Go To The Foot of Our Stairs!

Amazing Staircase

Staircases are one of the most important building elements in a house.  They reflect architectural philosophies and in these examples showcase the talent and ingenuity of their designers.

Russian Jerry Builder - Windows

Look closely at these replacement windows which are to be found, supposedly, in Russia.

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Problems with Old Buildings

It's Raining Cats and Dogs

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and off the roof.  Hence the saying 'It's raining cats and dogs.'

Canopy Beds

There was nothing to stop things from falling into old houses. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection.

Thresh hold

The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway.

Funny Garage DoorsFunny Garage Doors

Amaze and Surprise Your Friends and Neighbours

Will and Guy would like show you how to get your neighbours to sit up and take notice.

We have discovered that a German firm called "Style Your Garage", creates posters for garage doors that make it look as if it's actually showing the interior of your garage, and what's in it.

We think that the prices are reasonable [no we're not linked to the company] and they range from £199 to £399 [$301 - $ 604 USD] - for the double-door. All but guaranteed to make passersby and your neighbours take a second look.

Made for the up-and-over garage doors predominantly common in Europe, they can be fixed with Velcro and can be adapted to fit sectional garage doors.

Funny Buildings Joke

A taxi driver in Melbourne Australia, was driving a Japanese corporate executive to a meeting.

Driving into the city from the airport, they passed the newly developed Docklands estate, with its upgraded parks , waterfront and new stylish apartments.
"How long this take to build" the executive asked gruffly, waving his hands at the development.
"Um, " the cabbie replied proudly " That took over 12 years to build"
"Huh" the passenger derisively retorted "In Japan, we would build that in 4 years.

Continuing south, the executive noticed the Eureka Tower on the banks of the Yarra River.
"What is that building please " he asked the taxi driver.
"Well mate, that's the world famous Eureka Towers, the world's tallest residential building." the taxi driver replied hesitantly.
"How long it take to build ?" replied the executive
"Well, around 4 years, I seem to remember" replied the taxi driver.
"Hah! In Japan, it would take 2 years" replied the visitor gruffly.

Driving a bit further, they passed the Melbourne casino complex
"What is that building please" he asked the taxi driver.
"Well cobber, that's the Melbourne Casino, It's the largest casino in the Southern hemisphere, " the taxi driver replied cautiously.
"How long it take to build ?" the passenger asked gruffly.
"I think it took 2 years to build" the cabbie replied.
"Hah! In Japan, we would build it in 1 year" replied the visitor haughtily.

A bit further on, the Westgate Bridge appeared, its spanning the river 58 metres above and nearly 3 kilometres long.
"What is that bridge please" the businessman asked the taxi driver.
"Hmmm", the cabbie replied "I will have to ring tourist information about that - it wasn't there yesterday!"

 

Footnote
The last joke was kindly sent in by Ray Watson.  Please send us your examples of funny buildings.

 

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