It’s all about the levels

Ever seen the episode of Seinfeld where Kramer decides he’s going to build “levels” in his apartment? “Yeah, I’m getting rid of all my furniture. All of it. And I’m going to build these different levels, with steps, and it’ll all be carpeted with a lot of pillows. You know, like ancient Egypt.” He makes a bet with Jerry that he’ll actually do it, but Jerry knows he won’t. In the end he decides he doesn’t want the levels, surprise surprise.

If only the people who built this house would have decided the same…

In case you didn’t care to count, that’s 7 roof lines, and what you can’t see from the pictures is that there are 3 more layers on the other end of the house. Andrew and I first saw this house when we were garage saling one Saturday morning. We hated it so much we had to take some pictures and share. It kind of looks like an accordion, or maybe a very geometric interpretation of a roly poly.

See it?

What in the world were these people (builders or owners) thinking? It’s like they just kept deciding they needed a tiny bit more space. “If only our house was 2100 square feet instead of 2000” or “If we could just add another 50 square feet our house would be the perfect size.” (Seriously, though, it does appear to have been built all at the same time, meaning that someone designed it purposefully with this roof line in mind.)

So what’s your take? Are the levels as unsightly as I think they are,  or do you find them to be architecturally interesting?

4 Responses to It’s all about the levels

  1. Lila May 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm #


  2. Robert May 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    Wow… if I didn’t know better, I’d look at that and assume it was photoshopped. I can’t think of a single plausible reason why someone would build a house like that, either all at once or in a series of additions.

  3. Hank Marxen March 21, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Why would someone design something so strange? Maybe they were working with an odd shaped ground formation or rock bed that made it more economical to build in an unorthodox shape. Or maybe they lost a bet or took a dare when they were inebriated. They could have been under deadline and had to turn in an experimental sketch as their final draft. It could have been a high-school design competition where the winner gets to have their plans built. It could be a unconscious manifestation of the architect’s multiple personalities. The owner may have wanted to acknowledge each of his 6 children (or former cats). Computer glitch? Or a hamster (or toddler) got on the keyboard when mommy/daddy wasn’t looking and clicked save and send by mistake. The contractor may have had some free extra roofing that needed to be used. The prevailing winds might indicate an aerodynamic or energy conservation purposes. OK, I used up my daily brainstorm.

    • Arielle March 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

      Haha! We have no clue why, but those are all definite possibilities! I’m betting on the high school design competition. Though why that one would win I have no idea. 🙂