Amazing Architecture - The House in the Clouds

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Amazing Architecture

  While scouring the internet for "unique" homes, it's amazing to see all the homes which have been converted from other structures.  This week's pick for our Facebook business page feature is one such home.      

This week's pick, a water tower that has been converted into a house: 
The House in the Clouds, Thorpeness,Suffolk

House in the Clouds, Thorpeness, Suffolk 
 Photo by Andrew Dunn

This amazing house is really a vacation rental property.  It was built in 1923 and used as a water tower for years.  A water tower, it was thought at the time, would destroy the look of the area's skyline.  The architect decided to build the tower so that it looked like it was a house resting in the trees.  Years later, after it was no longer being used as a water tower, it was converted into an actual residence.  
House in the Clouds
The home has a total of 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and is made up of 6 floors.  The kitchen and dining room are on the ground floor and the living room on the 1st floor.  Bedrooms and bathrooms make up the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors.  The top floor is an incredible games room with pool table and spiral staircase to an upper gallery.  
Games room in the House in the Clouds 
 There are 67 stairs in all.  Trying to make it easier to negotiate all the stairs, there are 4 landings and 5 half landings with seats to rest on at each landing.  I still would not have wanted to be the one moving the pool table up to the top though! 
The House in the Clouds
House in the Clouds KitchenHouse in the Clouds Bedroom
House in the Clouds
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Comments (28)

Ralph & Janet Henze
Ralph Henze Homes - RE/MAX Elite - Sherwood Park, AB

Wow Glenn, that house is fantastic!  Must have been a great place to stay!


Sep 18, 2012 08:03 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Hi Ralph & Jan~ I like the new title, Amazing Architecture.  Very fitting!

Sep 18, 2012 01:04 PM
Ralph & Janet Henze
Ralph Henze Homes - RE/MAX Elite - Sherwood Park, AB

Thanks Donna!  Glad you like it!

Sep 20, 2012 06:56 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Ralph and Janet- one question... do the landings also have a supply of oxygen???  LOL

Sep 22, 2012 11:45 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

  Thanks for the Ah-ha moment!
Featured you in my Weekly Post!

Sep 22, 2012 11:56 AM
Ralph & Janet Henze
Ralph Henze Homes - RE/MAX Elite - Sherwood Park, AB

Thanks Kathy, appreciate the mention!


Sep 22, 2012 12:51 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I'm not sure how I missed this one, but I'm glad Kathy featured it this week.  This is really interesting.  yes, a lot of steps...a good way to get a lot of exercise.  I love the high ceilings and how you can look down from the floors above.  LOL on the rest areas.  Very smart.

Sep 22, 2012 09:28 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Ralph & Janet,

I came over from Kathy's post this morning and can see why this was one of her Ah-ha moments. This is truly an amazing many steps but then it was a water tower in it's previous life! A great share!!

Sep 22, 2012 10:07 PM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Ralph and Janet - like Donna the stairs would be a killer for me but I love the idea of disguising the water tower as a very unique looking house and then converting it to a home when no longer needed.

Pity the did not install an elevator during the conversion.

Sep 23, 2012 02:33 AM
Ralph & Janet Henze
Ralph Henze Homes - RE/MAX Elite - Sherwood Park, AB

Hi Debbie!  I would definitely love to stay here one day!  I loved their mention of the rest areas, I would need them!


Sep 23, 2012 03:45 AM
Ralph & Janet Henze
Ralph Henze Homes - RE/MAX Elite - Sherwood Park, AB

Hi Dorie, I love this place!  Can you imagine seeing it from a distance?  It would be fantastic to see a house  sitting above the trees!


Hi Kathy, an elevator would have made this place perfect!  Can you imagine moving the pool table to the top floor?


Sep 23, 2012 03:48 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

One thing about it - the residents wouldn't have to take up power walking to get their exercise.

Sep 23, 2012 04:11 AM
Ralph & Janet Henze
Ralph Henze Homes - RE/MAX Elite - Sherwood Park, AB

And there would be no need of gym memberships Marte!  Just think of all the savings!


Sep 23, 2012 04:37 AM
Monique Keith
Ahwatukee, AZ
Ahwatukeenulls Favorite Realtor, Buyers Agent with

I love this house! Great article! Could you imagine doing the CMA's on this listing! Talk about CMA's being an art form!

Sep 23, 2012 06:08 AM
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

This house is so very interesting.

Sep 23, 2012 06:30 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Just came over from Kathy's blog-what a fabulous house-so interesting that each floor is its own room-who was the architect? No one can gain any weight in this house with all those steps to climb!

Sep 23, 2012 07:02 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Ralph and fun!  It's amazing the creativity in how people bring old things back to life in the form of livable space.  Very cool place to vacation at!

Sep 23, 2012 08:11 AM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Ralph:  I don't know about you, or about anyone else, but I'd be scared as heck to live in a place like this.  Fearful of waking up in the middle of the night as the place is toppling over.

Sep 23, 2012 11:02 AM
Ralph & Janet Henze
Ralph Henze Homes - RE/MAX Elite - Sherwood Park, AB

Monique, it would be kind of difficult finding comparables wouldn't it!

Nan, glad you liked it!

Joanna, the original water tower was designed by F. Forbes Glennie in 1923.  Not sure who did the interior when it was done in 1987.

Anna, the creativity of some architects is truly amazing!  I love it when they use something that wasn't originally meant to be a house.

Karen, I know what you mean, I'm afraid of heights!  It's been standing since 1923 though so I think it's pretty safe.



Sep 23, 2012 02:30 PM
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Hey, guys, when I saw the picture, I immediately thought it was an old windmill, turned into a house. I never thought of a water tower.

Sep 24, 2012 10:27 AM

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