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Pets on furniture can be a contentious issue. But we can all agree that this series of 30 silly pets who can’t quite figure out how to use their human’s furniture is hilarious.

From a dog-shaped bed and breakfast to a church that looks like a chicken, here are 11 buildings inspired by animals. Below is the list from HGTV Front Door Cool Houses Daily.

Cat-Shaped Lodge – Tashirojima, Japan

Manga artist Tetsuya Chiba designed this cat-shaped building on Tashirojima, also known as “Cat Island.” The island earned its nickname for its large cat population, which greatly outnumbers its human population of approximately 100.


Dog Bark Park Inn – Cottonwood, Idaho

This bed and breakfast is also the world’s largest beagle. Guests enter the 30-foot canine from the second-story deck.


Elephant Building – Bangkok, Thailand

Also known as the Chang Building, this 335-foot-high, 560-foot-long structure is the world’s largest elephant building. (Yes, there’s more than one.)


The Giant Koala – Dadswells Bridge, Victoria, Australia

This massive marsupial is one of Australia’s “big things,” a set of large buildings and sculptures across the continent. You can step inside the 49-foot koala to pick up souvenirs, visit the petting zoo, or grab a snack at the café.


Earthquake-Proof Fish House – Berkley, California

Though it was inspired by a creature called the Tardigrade – known as the most indestructible living thing on the planet – neighbors thought this home looked more like a giant fish. Designed to withstand fire, flooding and earthquakes, it’s been called the safest home in the world.


Big Sheep Wool Gallery – Tirau, New Zealand

Inside this giant corrugated iron sheep, you’ll find the largest wool store in New Zealand.


Crocodile Hotel – Jabiru, Australia

An aerial view of the Holiday Inn Gagudju Crocodile shows that it’s shaped like one of the Down Under’s indigenous animals.


The Big Duck – Flanders, New York

Built in 1931, The Big Duck was originally a shop that sold ducks and duck eggs. Now it’s on the National Register of Historic Places.


Chicken Church – Madeira Beach, Florida

Though its real name is Church by the Sea, tourists have flocked to Madeira Beach to get a look at the “Chicken Church” and its bell tower with two eyes and a beak. The church became an internet sensation after a photographer snapped a picture that went viral.


Underground Shark House – Mexico City, Mexico

Architect Javier Senosiain designed this home to resemble a huge, stylized shark. The shark’s head and vast mouth make up the above-ground portion of the house, with everything else built below ground.


The Whale House – Mexico City, Mexico

Also designed by Javier Senosiain – this house looks just like a whale when viewed from the hilltop above.


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Great_Room_3Advertisers understand the correlation between high quality images and sales. (You wouldn’t purchase a piece of jewelry based on a blurry photograph, would you?) And the same is true for real estate. We know that consumers expect to be impressed visually and that photos are often the first and only chance a broker has to make a good impression, so why are so many real estate listings marketed with bad photos?

Ideally, a broker will hire a professional photographer with a DSLR camera, wide angle lens, and the knowledge to properly light and set up a high quality photo; However, if you are a broker who prefers to take their own listing photos, you can vastly increase the quality of your photos using a combination of technique, hardware, and additional software. Here are some tips from real estate photographer Carsten Arnold:

1. Shoot into the corners.

2. Take photos from the height or level the room is most frequently used in.

3. Always use the widest possible angle that your camera is capable of taking.

4. Turn on the lights and turn off the flash.

5. On the iPhone there are two must have photo apps: Pro HDR and Perfectly Clear.

6. For either Mac or PC users, software such as Photoshop Elements, Photoshop, or Gimp are good choices for final image manipulation.

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3652 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

Located in San Francisco’s vibrant Mission District, just blocks from Mission Delores Park, this condo is “the perfect combination of period charm and contemporary comfort.”

Remodeled and converted into condos in 2006, the top floor unit of this colorful Edwardian includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a gourmet kitchen, Viking appliances, hardwood floors, and a Jacuzzi tub in the master suite. Ancillary features include access to the shared garden, extra storage, parking garage, and––best of all––an exclusive-use deck with incredible city views.

The 1,580 square foot property is listed by Peter Goss with Zephyr Real Estate and is on the market for $1,289,000.

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First Presbyterian Church, Redmond, Oregon

While small, newly built alternative living spaces are growing in popularity, let’s not forget about recycling. Converting buildings not intended for residential use into homes is a great way to recycle and preserve history at the same time. In the past few years converted churches have become a sought-after real estate commodity. Here’s why they make great homes:

  • Awe-inspiring scale: The structure of a church offers a living space that is a different scale–bigger, taller–than regular houses.

  • Open floor plan: The open floor plan and expansive vertical space allow many living options; a bright, open kitchen that flows seamlessly into a dining room, or a lofted bedroom above a spacious work studio.

  • Historical significance: The architectural style of a church is representative of a historical moment and culture of a town. By converting a church into a home, you are preserving history, while living in a beautiful, unique space.

  • Design opportunity: The renovation process provides adventurous homeowners with endless design possibilities.

Inspired? Check out this $459,000 church for sale on Househappy: The First Presbyterian Church of Redmond was built in 1912 and is the oldest standing church structure in Redmond, OR. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 for its Gothic Revival architectural style, which features asymmetrical design and pointed arches. This post can be found in its original form by clicking here

Intrigued? Check out these photos of beautifully renovated churches.

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3030 Quarry Mountain Road, Park City, UT 84098, USA

Located on 4.02 acres of horse property in Quarry Mountain Ranch––one of Park City, Utah’s most sought after gated communities––this incredible 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home is the Househappy Property of the Week.

Listed by Bronson Calder with Prudential Utah Real Estate for $3,200,000, the 5,570 square foot luxury home includes custom stone and woodwork throughout, an award-winning kitchen, and exquisite outdoor spaces complete with breathtaking views.

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6 The cabins of Dunton Hot Springs, an abandoned mining town and natural hot springs turned luxury resort in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado

Dunton Hot Springs, San Juan Mountains, Colorado – Photo courtesy of Cabin Porn

From food to houses, the word “porn” has gradually shed its taboo meaning to become ubiquitous with visual stimulation of any kind. And with the rise of photo-centric sites like Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram, and now Househappy, never before has it been easier to get one’s fix of drool-worthy images.

Similarly, the beautifully curated Tumblr, Cabin Porn, has become the go-to blog for anyone with the urge to just get away. With over 100 pages of user-submitted photos featuring cabins of all types in their idyllic surroundings, Cabin Porn is a celebration of minimalism, simplicity, and––above all––beautiful photography.

“I use this Tumblr to keep track of architecture and furniture that keeps me daydreaming about the farm I will build someday,” wrote editor Zach Klein in a 2010 blog post. Klein (who is also the CEO of DIY and co-founder of Vimeo) fulfilled his goal later that year, purchasing land in Upstate New York and dubbing it “Beaver Brook.”

Billed as, “Inspiration for your quiet place somewhere,” it seems Klein hopes his blog will encourage others to at least dream of doing the same. If nothing else, Cabin Porn is an escapist’s paradise and the perfect offering for the Thoreau in all of us.

Visit the Cabin Porn Tumblr by clicking here, or check out some of our favorite submissions in the slideshow below.

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