THIS TAXA MANTIS TRAILER IS THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE CAMPER

 Get Wild With The Mantis Trailer

Last week we covered a great little teardrop trailer, and it got us looking into the different versions of what I like to call ‘ the cars best friend’ that are out currently out there on the market. We found ourselves wishing for an off-grid trailer that looked great but could cope with some serious (and we mean serious) adventuring . Then we found the Mantis, and all of our prayers were answered.

Here it is, the Mantis Adventure Camper from TAXA Outdoors. With its cool steel exterior, Praying Mantis logo and distinctive orange pop top it certainly looks like the adventure camper that we’ve been dreaming of.

The Mantis Trailer is ultra-lightweight (it weighs under 2,300 pounds, which means it won’t guzzle your petrol) and measures 18-feet-long! TAXA also say that there’s enough room to comfortably sleep four adults (or three and one dog if the picture above is anything to go by!)Mantis Trailer - Outside 2

First impressions are that theres definitely plenty of room to live comfortably in it without feeling cramped. It’s might not be as homely as the teardrop we covered, but inside it packs a punch with its space saving ideas.

What’s Inside

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Well we’ve already mentioned the pop top, which means that you can stand up and move around without having to pretend you’re Gollum. For me thats a must in any van or trailer!

There is also a queen-sized bed for two adults, which can be converted to a couch, as well as two adult-sized bunk beds at the trailer front. Other nifty features include integrated plumbing and electrical system, a wet bath, fully-equipped kitchen, plenty of storage space, as well as a Thule cargo deck and rack on the roof.

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Just past our lovely assistant there is the wet room. Now I think this is pretty cool and a great use of storage. You’ve got your toilet and shower area in a box that comes up to waist height, with a flip down lid that probably turns into an extra ten beds or eighteen chairs. The Mantis Trailer really does makes the most of every inch of space.

Final Thoughts…

It’s clean, it’s as rugged as Tom Sellick’s moustache, and its as light as a trailer sized feather. All in all an awesome bit of kit. I found one online for just over £24k, which considering how much space you have and the amenities include inside is pretty good value.

What’s more, with all that space you can crack out your best Yoga moves. Now if I can just figure out how to remove my leg from around my neck I can work on the Praying Mantis pose….

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Hotels in the UK and Ireland with incredible rooftop pools

The UK and Ireland are not known as your typical rooftop pool destinations, and yet our islands offer some of the most spectacular pools with incredible views over cityscapes, beaches, and clifftops in Europe!

We’ve scoured the two countries/nations and found some real gems that are perfect for a romantic weekend away or simply a friend’s weekend of champagne and pampering. So, pack your swimsuit and get ready to dip your feet in some of the most decadent pools in the country.

Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa

Edinburgh

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Overlooking Edinburgh Castle, the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa is in prime position for a weekend in the heart of the city. Surround yourself with modern luxury, including a rooftop hydro-pool providing jets of warm water at optimal body temperature complimented by the fabulous view. Sneak in early in the morning to watch the city come alive and to start your day invigorated by the fresh morning air.

sheraton-grand-hotel-spa-rooftop-pools-roomYou’ll also find an indoor pool and a thermal suite including a Hammam, Aroma Grotto, Rock Sauna and Bio Sauna. There’s also a first-rate gym as well but if you don’t put in a personal appearance we won’t judge – you’re on holiday. All the rooms are modern and follow a kind of minimalist chic, with pure white linen and elegant furniture. Choose from a castle view room or classic room or upgrade yourselves to a suite and enjoy the increased space and luxurious décor including tartan wall paper!

King Street Townhouse

Manchester

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What more could you want on a romantic city break than stylish interiors and an amazing rooftop infinity pool right in the centre of Manchester? With views over the iconic spire of Manchester Town Hall, the pool is ideal for capturing unique sunsets or people watching from on-high. Accompanied by a steam room and relaxation room, there’s no excuse not to spend hours in the spa recharging your batteries.

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The hotel is housed in a beautifully renovated Italian Renaissance building, and many of the rooms maintain period features such as high ceilings, but have been updated to include floor-to-ceiling windows with views over the city. Opt for a suite and the cityscape views come courtesy of a free-standing bath placed directly in front of the windows.

When you’re feeling peckish, head downstairs to the King Street Tavern for plenty of seared steak and red wine. If you are looking to treat yourselves go for a classic Afternoon Tea, or catch the bottomless brunch including bottomless bottles of champagne.

St Bride’s Spa

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A luxury spa hotel with a killer view over Saundersfoot Beach, this hotel features an infinity hydrotherapy pool that looks as if it simply melts into the sea beyond. Heated to body temperature, this is a cosy rooftop pool perfect for relaxing in – even on the chilliest of winter days.

The spa also features an aroma steam room, salt infusion room, herbal rock sauna, and ice fountain, plus a host of treatment rooms should you be looking for that extra mile of pampering.

swanshower, roooftop pools, st brides hotelThe hotel is home to 34 individually designed rooms, and most feature a balcony looking out across the sea. Each of the rooms are decorated in a style that recalls summer holidays filled with salt in your hair and the smell of sun cream, with light grey walls, blue accents and artwork depicting seascapes, as well as handmade wooden furniture and woven bed throws.

Canary Riverside Plaza

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An elegant 5-star hotel in Canary Wharf, The Canary Riverside Plaza allows all hotel guests access to the health and leisure club adjacent to the hotel, featuring a rooftop pool with panoramic views over the Thames and a state-of-the art gymnasium.

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Where indulgence meets comfort, every room at the Riverside Plaza comes with large bay windows to make the most of those views over landmarks such as The Shard and Tower Bridge. The rooms are designed with the ultimate of comfort in mind, meaning plush fluffy carpets, high and bouncy beds, a lavish bathroom with soaking tub and l’Occitane toiletries.

The Cliff House Hotel

Ardmore, Ireland

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A 15-metre pool facing floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Irish sea is what awaits you at The Cliff House Hotel. This is joined outside by a natural rock pool, a relaxation terrace complete with Jacuzzi and two stone baths, so you can take in the refreshing sea air whilst remaining warm and cosy in the water.

the-cliff-house-admore-ireland-rooftop-pools-roomsIndoors, the spa features a sauna, steam room and four treatment rooms including a couple’s treatment room for those on a relaxing romantic break. The rooms are equally luxurious, you can select a cottage, a deluxe room or a suite. The cottages are decorated in a blue and white seaside style, and offer space for up to 6 adults and extra space for children. These are a great self-catering option whilst enjoying all the perks of a luxury hotel.

If you are looking for a romantic break then a deluxe room or suite are perfect, with options including sea view rooms, or even those including a balcony or terrace. From here you can head downstairs in the evenings for Michelin-starred cuisine at the ocean-side restaurant.

The Scarlet

Newquay, Cornwall

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The pool at the Scarlet is not technically a rooftop pool, but rather a cliff-top pool. Floor-to-ceiling windows look down a crevasse to the sea below and outdoors there’s a hot Jacuzzi and a natural pool that doesn’t use chlorine, but instead cleaned by reeds. Why reeds, you ask? Well, that’s because this is one of the UK’s premier eco hotels and combines 5-star luxury with earth-friendly innovations.

the-scarlet-cornwall-rooftop-poolsOn top of reed pools and cliff-top Jacuzzis, the hotel spa also boasts a steam room, copper tub, Hammam and a Rhassoul used for messy mineral mud sessions – you can literally slather yourself in mud without worrying about damaging the décor.

Opt for a spacious room to enjoy floor-to-ceiling views over the clifftop and out to sea – this is not for the faint hearted, as you’ll also have your own balcony with seating area, seemingly over the drop.

The Berkeley

London

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A serene retreat in the heart of London’s opulent Knightsbridge area, The Berkeley hotel is home to a ‘seventh heaven’ outdoor pool on the seventh floor of the building. The pool is tiled in iridescent white and gold mosaic and the surrounding relaxation area features padded sun loungers and windows with views out over London. The pool has a retractable roof so even if the weather is less than favourable, you can still enjoy some time by the water.

the-berkeley-london-rooftop-pools-roomAt every turn, The Berkeley is luxurious whether it be the light filled Collins Room dining room where you can also enjoy the über fashionable Pret-a-portea a witty take on a fashionista afternoon tea, or enjoying a sophisticated cocktail in the Blue Bar.

Tasteful and stylishly decorated, the rooms at The Berkeley are designed with comfort in mind so that after a long day of exploring the city, the fluffy carpets and thick mattresses are exactly what you need to feel relaxed in this home-from-home.

The Ned

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London’s latest hot-spot hotel, The Ned is a converted Georgian bank right in the centre of the bustling Bank district. The hotel is a wealth of luxurious outlets and it doesn’t come more luxury than a rooftop heated pool with a view over St Paul’s cathedral. Plus, an indoor heated pool and Turkish hammam spa downstairs.

The vaulted ceilings and large open spaces of this grand building lend themselves to the grandeur of nine diverse restaurants and live jazz bands that add to the ambiance in several areas of the hotel. There’s also a secret bar downstairs in the bank vaults, which you may recognise from the James Bond film Goldfinger.

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When you aren’t gorging yourself on nine different types of cuisine or lazing by one of the pools, you can explore your seriously stylish bedroom. Decorated in a 1930’s style, the rooms include eye-catching upholstery and bespoke floral wall paper, whilst maintaining modern touches such as a rainforest shower and Cowshed spa products.

5 World-Class Modular House Designs Available For Free

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Architects might be the next vanguard of the open-source revolution. As a result, developers and people looking to build a home will get more and more access to free, world-class plans that suit modular house designs. You can construct some open-source projects in as little as a month by using prefab. The consequences are waste reduction and cost savings on an enormous scale.

Prefab materials are versatile, and modular house designs can take on many kinds of looks. Also, modular manufacturers can re-engineer most conventional architectural plans. Since that’s not true in every case, our in-house developers selected the five best open-source blueprints and models for prefab construction.

The Module House, by Tatiana Bilbao

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Paperhouses puts free project blueprints from some of the world’s top architects online. Like all the models on the site, users can adjust The Module House on a Github forum as they see fit.

The original blueprint is for a 2064ft² house with three bedrooms. Its flexible design allows for wood or structural steel materials. This feature makes it perfect for light steel gauge frame or steel containers.

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Xh system house, by Dekleva Gregorič

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Slovenian firm Dekleva Gregorič designed the Xh system house to be customizable. The plans can just as easily make a simple cottage as a sprawling resort complex. Manufacturers can create individual units in various sizes. They can also be combined, or furnished as complete spaces on their own.

Download plans for the Xh system house here.

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Monterrey, by Elemental

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Elemental has extensive experience developing social solutions and low-cost housing. The houses in the Monterrey duplex are 40m², but builders can expand them to 59m² or 76,5 m².

Elemental built the original model in 2010 in Monterrey, Mexico. The structure is an affordable solution for developers who need high-occupancy housing quickly.

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The Bolt House, by Panorama Arquitectos

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Another blueprint on Paperhouses, Panorama Arquitectosdesigned the Bolt House for sloped areas. Because those are much cheaper than flat land, these stylish modular house designs can boost a plot’s value.

They’re also great for those looking to save money on a new home without compromising quality. The design doesn’t even need to be re-engineered for modular construction.

“The house is a modular design to fit the necessities of each family and also give the possibility of building in stages and is presented in a two and three bedroom configuration.”

– Paperhouses.co.

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Villa Verde, by Elemental

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Elemental makes the list again with the Villa Verde, which you can construct wholly or build in parts. An expanded Villa Verde house is 85m² and is higher-end than the Monterrey model. Elemental created the original in Constitución, Chile.

The World’s Most Expensive Billionaire Homes

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Billionaires have been trading multimillion-dollar real estate with tremendous zeal in recent years, slapping down record sums for trophy homes while quietly floating other properties in their portfolios through brokers in unofficial, off-market offerings. While the downturn paused activity in the super luxury end of the market, high net-worth buyers started fresh buying sprees in late 2010, trolling for high-end trophy property ‘bargains’ selling at markedly lower prices than their housing bubble heights or parking investment cash in prized pied-a-terres tucked inside the world’s most exclusive buildings. In fact, billionaire buying activity in the super luxury end of the world’s most expensive housing markets has been, according to a recent report from Savills, “so intense over the last seven years that it has led to a doubling of property values in this [super luxury housing] sector.”

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Owner: Mukesh Ambani, worth $21.5billion

Value: upward of $1 billion

The twenty-seven story, 400,000-square foot skyscraper residence, named after a mythical island in the Atlantic, has six underground levels of parking, three helicopter pads, a ‘health’ level, and reportedly requires about 600 staff to run it. It is the world’s most expensive home far and away with construction costs topping $1 billion.

Villa Leopolda, Villefranche-sur-mer, France

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Owner: Lily Safra, worth $1.2 billion
Price: 500 million euro ($750 million at the time) in 2008
King Leopold II reportedly built a series of waterside homes for his many mistresses. This 20-acre estate was valued at 500 million euros in 2008, when Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov attempted to buy it. He eventually pulled out of the deal, forfeiting a 50 million euro deposit.

Fair Field, Sagaponack, N.Y.

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Owner: Ira Rennert, worth $6.5 billion

Property value: about $248 million, according to 2012 tax assessments

The industrial billionaire’s hulking 29-bedroom, 39-bath Hamptons compound has not one, but three swimming pools, plus its own power plant on premises.

Kensington Palace Gardens, London, U.K.

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Owner: Lakshmi Mittal, worth $16.5 billion

Purchase Price: 117 million pounds ($222 million at the time) in 2008

The steel magnate is believed to own three homes on the high-security street known as Billionaires Row, including a neo-Georgian mansion near the Israeli embassy. The home (not pictured), rumored to have been purchased for Mittal’s son, was sold by hedge fund billionaire Noam Gottesman.

One Hyde Park, London, U.K.

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Owner: Rinat Akhmetov, worth $15.4 billion

Sale Price: $221 million in 2011

The world’s most expensive apartment, located in posh Knightsbridge, was purchased by the Ukraine’s richest man. It boasts a staggering 25,000-square feet, bullet proof glass and 24-hour hotel concierge service.

Ellison Estate, Woodside, Calif.

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Owner: Larry Ellison, worth $43 billion

Value: estimated $200 million to construct

The Oracle founder, arguably the world’s most avid collector of real estate, built his 23-acre Japanese-style estate in 2004 with 10 buildings, a man made lake, a tea house, a bath house and a koi pond. The property is currently assessed at just over $70 million.

Kensington Palace Gardens, London, U.K.

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Owner: Roman Abramovich, worth $10.2 billion

Purchase Price: 90 million pounds (about $140 million) in 2011

The Russsian tycoon owns several huge London estates (not pictured), including a Billionaires’ Row mansion. Since purchasing, plans to build a subterranean extension that includes a tennis court, health center and auto museum were approved by the city. He also owns a French Riviera chateau and in 2009 spent a record $90 million on a 70-acre estate on St. Bart’s.

Blossom Estate, Palm Beach, Fla.

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Owner: Ken Griffin, worth $4.1 billion

Total Purchase Price: nearly $130 million in December 2012

The hedge fund titan purchased four side-by-side properties totaling eight acres on the ocean. Three lots tout houses while the fourth was already torn down; the entire swath of property was once used as a single estate.

Xanadu 2.0, Seattle, Wash.

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Owner: Bill Gates, worth $67 billion

Market Value: $120.5 million, according to 2012 tax assessments

The high-tech Lake Washington complex owned by the world’s second-richest man boasts a pool with an underwater music system, a 2,500- square foot gym and a library with domed reading room.

Mountain Home Road, Woodside, Calif.

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Owner: reportedly Masayoshi Son, worth $8.6 billion

Purchase Price: $117.5 million in 2012

The most expensive home sale on record includes a 9,000-square foot neoclassical house, a 1,117-square foot colonnaded pool house, a detached library, a retreat building, a swimming pool, a tennis court and formal gardens.

Further Lane de Menil, East Hampton, N.Y.

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Owner: Ron Baron, worth $1.6 billion

Purchase Price: $103 million in 2007

The investment guru snapped up more than 50 acres of undeveloped oceanfront Hamptons land during the market’s height with the intention of constructing his own home.

Silicon Valley Mansion, Los Altos Hills, Calif.

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Owner: Yuri Milner, worth $1.1 billion

Purchase Price: $100 million in 2011

Bought as a secondary home, the Facebook investor broke records with the recent purchase of a French chateaux-inspired limestone abode that touts indoor and outdoor pools, a ballroom and second-floor living areas that gaze out on San Francisco Bay.

Broken O Ranch, Augusta, Mont.

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Owner: Stanley Kroenke, worth $5 billion

List Price: $132.5 million

Purchase Price: undisclosed

Thanks to state laws, the final sale price of this 124,000-acre operational ranch is undisclosed and unconfirmed. The estate boasts a 10,000-square foot main house with indoor pool, horse stables, nearly 4,500 heads of cattle, extensive water rights, and substantial agricultural capacity for small grain crops and alfalfa hay.

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Owner: Tamara Ecclestone, daughter of Formula One billionaire Bernie Ecclestone

Purchase Price: 45 million pounds in 2011 (roughly $70 million)

Estimated Construction Costs:20 million pounds (about $30 million)The heiress has spent an estimated $98.7 million on a 55-room house (not pictured) on Billionaire’s Row factoring in renovations that include a $1 million Amazonian crystal bathtub, a private nightclub, a bowling alley, a subterranean swimming pool, a beauty salon, a dog spa and a car lift.

15 Central Park West, New York, N.Y.

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Owner: Daniel Loeb, worth $1.5 billion

Purchase Price: $45 million in 2008

The hedge fund titan owns the coveted 10, 674-square foot penthouse on the very top of the exclusive Central Park-flanking high rise. It has been rumored to be for sale with an asking price of $100 million.

Maison de L’Amitie, Palm Beach, Fla.

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Owner: Dmitry Rybolovlev, worth $9.1 billion

Purchase Price in 2008: $95 million

Originally listed for $125 million, the sprawling oceanfront 60,000-square foot compound, bought from real estate billionaire Donald Trump, includes diamond and gold fixtures and a garage with space for nearly 50 cars.

Promised Land, Montecito, Calif.

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Owner: Oprah Winfrey, worth $2.8 billion

Market Value: $88 million, according to 2012 tax assessments

Purchased in 2001 for nearly $52 million, the media queen’s 23,000-square-foot Georgian-style manse sits on more than 40 acres, boasting a tea house, more than 600 rose bushes and an upscale outhouse.

15 Central Park West, New York, N.Y.

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Owner: Ekaterina Rybolovleva, daughter of billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev

Purchase Price: $88 million in 2012

An LLC associated with the Russian heiress scooped up the Central Park-facing 6,744-square foot penthouse for the full asking price, less than six weeks after it came to market. At roughly $13,500 per square foot, it’s the most expensive sale by square foot ever in the U.S.

The Manor, Los Angeles, Calif.

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Buyer: Petra Ecclestone, daughter of billionaire Bernie Ecclestone

Sale Price: $85 million in 2011

Originally listed for $150 million, the 56,500-square foot Holmby Hills mansion is stocked with every amenity imaginable including dog grooming room, five bars, a gift-wrapping room, a flower-cutting hall with professional florist fridge, and a bowling alley.

20 Outrageous Mansions Owned By Modern Sports Legends

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Some say athletes are born, not made. If true, they’ll need a crib. Superstar athletes are well compensated for their exploits on the field, court, course, ice, and track, especially in this era of $300 million contracts and endorsement deals. Their incredible success translates to A-list lives in spectacular homes featuring shark tanks, panic rooms, car elevators—whatever they desire. Here are 20 prodigious homes of living sports legends

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Tiger Woods, Jupiter Island, Florida

Woods’ 16,127-square-foot Jupiter Island mansion is more hazardous than most homes. His 3.5 acre backyard is a personal four-hole golf course landscaped with trees, fairways, and sand traps. Toss in a 100-foot lap pool, another dive pool, a hybrid tennis/basketball court, guest house, gym, private beach, and two yacht docks—and you’ve got the ultimate game changer home. It’s reportedly worth up to $60 million.

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Rory McIlroy, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

The No. 2 golfer’s modern home is first-rate with a clean open layout, bright white walls, balconies, open staircases, high ceilings, and panoramic party patios with ocean views. At $9.5 million, the 15,286-square-foot residence appreciates with McIlroy’s contemporary touch—built-in cabinets, premium appliances, gym, putting green, sunken bar, pool, hot tub, and four major championship trophies to boot.

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Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas

The No. 1 golf phenom’s eclectic five-bedroom pad in Preston Hallow is worth $7.1 million (easily financed by 2015′s $53 million earnings). The 16,665-square-foot, brick-and-exposed beam home boasts sweet amenities barely fit for a 22-year-old—glass mosaic infinity pool, fire pit, golf simulator, wine cellar, and garage with an Augusta National clubhouse mural—where the reigning Masters champ can hang his green jacket.

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Michael Jordan, Jupiter, Florida

The NBA legend’s palatial $12.4 million Jupiter estate is steps from golf greens at Jack Nicklaus’ exclusive gated Bear’s Club. The 28,000-square-foot mansion has 18 structures, 11 bedrooms, a lavish athletic complex with basketball court and gym, a two-story guard tower to protect him from bitter Knicks fans (or Isis), and a media room that powerfully ventilates cigar smoke during Jordan’s high-stakes poker games.

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Lebron James, Brentwood, California

The NBA king holds court in arenas, movies and real estate. His $21 million Brentwood, California house buy fueled rumors he’ll join the Lakers. More likely, the Trainwreck co-star is honing his acting chops from a Hollywood-friendly locale. King James’ new home boasts six bedrooms (the master has a terrace and fireplace), a pool, cabana, deck, and two backyard patios—an ideal west coast throne for NBA royalty.

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Steph Curry, Walnut Creek, California

The NBA MVP scored big with a $3.2 million Mediterranean-style estate with five bedrooms, four fireplaces, outdoor kitchen, media/game room, and wine cellar. The 7,900-square-foot pad has a formal courtyard entry, two-story foyer, center-island kitchen, and a master suite with its own private balcony, fireplace, office and marbled bathroom. The grounds include an 800-square-foot casita guest house. Swish!

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Shaquille O’Neal, Windermere, Florida

Shaq has no choice but to live large. The lovable 7’1 prankster lives in a 70,000-square-foot mega mansion adorned with chandeliers, a 30-foot-wide bed, and Superman insignias. “Diesel” spreads his jocularity in 11 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a 20,000-square-foot indoor basketball court, and an outdoor pool nicknamed, “Shaqapulco.” The home’s estimated value is $8 million—making it the most expensive Shaq ever.

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Tom Brady, Brookline, Massachusetts

The Patriots QB and supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen live in a custom 5.2-acre chateau. The 14,000-square-foot Chestnut Hill mansion features a pool, wine cellar, yoga studio; and multiple fireplaces, balconies, patios, and garages. The private five-bedroom home is isolated by trees and a fairway of the exclusive Brookline Country Club (aka TCC). Only a stray ball from a bad golfer will disrupt their privacy.

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If future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning tells you he lives in Omaha, he’s bluffing…again. Recently retired, the Super Bowl 50 champion actually lives in a Georgian-style mansion in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. The expansive 16,464-square-foot estate on 3.37 acres has seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a two-story rotunda, veranda, elevator, carport, a heated indoor/outdoor dog kennel, and as many as five MVP trophies.

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Serena Williams, Jupiter, Florida

She was denied a calendar Grand Slam in 2015 but she’s winning the game of life—21 career Grand Slam titles, four Olympic gold medals, $75 million in prize money, and several south Florida estates. This includes two pads in Palm Beach Gardens—a 10,687-square-foot estate she shares with sister Venus, and this $2.5 million five-bedroom home (7,370 square feet) on 1.25 acres with tennis court and pool.

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Roger Federer, Wollerau, Switzerland

The 17-time Grand Slam champ splurged $9.2 million on a glass mansion along Lake Zurich in his native Switzerland (don’t fret, he’ll save a fortune in taxes). The modern hillside hideaway is a tiered, three-story structure called “The Residence” (though it should be renamed “The Rogidence”)—featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, wrap-around penthouse-style balconies, a pool, and perfect views of the lake.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid, Spain

Soccer’s cockiest matinee idol owns a $7.1 million minimalist mansion with sleek interiors, allowing the stylish Real Madrid striker deep self-reflection—via countless mirrors, infinity pool and high-gloss everything. His “CR” initials are etched onto countertops, marble floors, and the front door (to remind himself he’s Cristiano Ronaldo and you’re not). No initials grace mirrors. That would block his reflection.

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Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Spain

The world’s best footballer will get a kick out of One-Zero Eco House, his future sustainable home shaped like a soccer ball. The FC Barcelona striker hired Spanish architect Luis de Garrido to design the cylindrical, three-level dwelling which showcases wooden terraces, hexagonal sectors, massive pool yard, green-roof garage, and a half grass/half solar-mirrored roof that represents the geometrics of a soccer ball.

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David Beckham, London

Nobody can spend it like Beckham—and a reported $50 million cash home purchase is proof. The former Manchester United soccer legend’s 9,000-square-foot Victorian mansion in London’s Kensington and Chelsea district boasts five stories, eight bedrooms, gym, spa, massage quarters, panic room, and a reported $8 million renovated air-conditioning system (inching the investment close to $58 million). Now that sounds extremely cool.

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Derek Jeter, Tampa, Florida

The former New York Yankees legend retired to this peaceful English Manor-style home base in Tampa (where his old franchise plays spring training games). Nicknamed “St. Jetersburg,” the 30,875-square-foot stone manse boasts seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a waterfront pool, spa, private boat dock, and multiple three-car garages. The $13 million home is no short stop, he’ll likely reside here for awhile.

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Barry Bonds, Beverly Park, California

Baseball’s dubious home run king swings for the fences. As usual, he crushes it (the retired star just won a spring training home run derby vs today’s players). Bonds’ most prodigious smash may be his inspired 17,100-square-foot Florentine palazzo (listed at $25 million)—which has seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a pool house, sports court, movie theater and gym where Bonds still works out intensely (obviously).

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Jeff Gordon, Charlotte, North Carolina

The four-time Sprint Cup champion won 93 races and $144 million in his career. Now Nascar’s #24 switches gears as broadcaster and family man. Gordon’s contemporary compound in the South Park neighborhood has an extraordinary wine cellar (with bottles from his own label), a zero-edge pool and pool house, a life-sized playhouse for his kids, and a memorabilia wall highlighted by his three Daytona 500 trophies.

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Jimmie Johnson, New York City

The popular driver of Lowes #48 car is still Nascar’s reigning star—winning six Sprint Cup Series championships (five in a row). Like Gordon, Johnson’s dominating success earned him homes in Charlotte and New York. His contemporary Manhattan condo has five bedrooms and 3,234 square feet of living space. Even if was smaller, a champ who squeezes into a tight Nascar driver’s seat would turn it into an instant winner.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr., Las Vegas, Nevada

The undefeated pugilist who flashed a $100 million paycheck on ESPN flaunts a 22,000-square-foot ego palace of ludicrous sin city curiosities—12-person shower; tiger cub; showroom of shiny Bugattis, McLarens and Bentleys he never drives; and endless money stacks he takes selfies with. For kicks, his “Big Boy Mansion” has its own Instagram account. Even Liberace (from the grave) would say that’s over the top.

 

Backyard UNDERGROUND Apocalyptic BUNKER/MANCAVE

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It’s finished and its amazing, the ultimate man cave and survival cell rolled into one sub garden room.
There are more things to add such as air filtration and different power source but it’s a great space,

So i ripped my garden up and built an underground MAN CAVE see what it looks like in this video

20 Smart Micro House Design Ideas That Maximize Space

There seems to be a trend lately in building tiny, micro houses. It’s basically all about finding a way to include as many things and functions into as little space as possible. There are some very inspiring designs out there and we made it our mission to find them. Here’s what we came up with.

1. 14 Sqm Tiny Cottage

This tiny cottage is located in Lauttasaari, Finland and it has a total surface of 14 square meters. It was designed by Verstas Architects and it’s a nice and ingenious way of getting to enjoy nature in the middle of a busy city.

The 4-person cottage was built for a family just 2 kilometers from their residence. As the owners declare, the cottage is just a place that’s easy to go to in case of urgent matters or simply to take a shower or to take a break.

2. Rustic Backyard Micro House

Most micro houses are built in the back yard of an already existing residence. They’re a sort of extension and they serve all sorts of purposes such as office space or art studio. This particular structure was built in the backyard after the owner has spent years creating the beautiful garden and realized there’s some spare space there. As a result, this sustainable tiny cottage was built there. It has a wood stove and it’s a cozy hangout space for the family and friends.

3. Ufogel

Sometimes tiny, compact structures are built for other purposes than personal use. For example, this is Ufogel, a vacation house located in Austria. The space can be rented and it sits in a very beautiful region with wonderful views. It has a very unusual geometric shape and this makes it stand out. The irregular lines make it resemble all sorts of things depending on the angle you’re seeing it from. The structure is made of larch wood and it has a sculptural form and this makes it quite unique.

4. Minim House

This is the Minim House, a 235 square foot cottage designed by Foundry Architects and Minim Homes. The tiny house is efficient in every sens of the word. It has a tiny floor plan which makes great use of space and has an organized and space-saving design. The exterior of the house is modern and simple, very sleek and with no overhangs. The hidden rain gutters are integrated into the roof. The interior is modern, simple and inviting.

5. Vina’s House

Because of their reduced dimensions, tiny houses such as the ones presented here could very well be mobile. This allows the owner to take the house wherever he goes and makes vacations very simple. Such a design can be seen on this structure. This is a tiny house on wheels. It has a very small interior but it has the basic elements. It has a kitchen area, a cozy bedroom, a bathroom and even a workspace.

6. The $200 Microhouse

The Gypsy Junker is a tiny 24 sq ft house made mainly of shipping pallets and things other people discarded. I guess it’s true what they say… one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. This tiny house was built by Derek Diedricksen and it’s not the only one of its kind. He also built the Hickshaw on a rolling cedar lounge chair and the Boxy Lady, the smallest one which is 4 ft tall.

7. Innermost House – 12 Feet Square

What’s wonderful about these tiny houses is that they appear to be small and unforgiving but, when you step inside, they’re surprisingly spacious and they often include all the necessities. This is the Innermost House, a 12 sq ft structure in Northern California. It has an open porch and five separate rooms: a kitchen, a study, a bathroom and a the sleeping areas above, accessible via a ladder stored against the wall.

8. Melissa Perfect Retreat – 170 Square Feet

Located in Snohomish, WA, this house occupies an area of 170 square feet so it’s not as tiny as most of the other structures presented here. Still, it’s considerably smaller than any home we would normally consider comfortable. Nevertheless, smaller often means cozier. The house is occupies by its two owners and their two cats and it’s very comfortable, inviting and cozy and it was built to meet their needs.

9. Sandy Beach Tiny House

The Whangapoua Sled House is located near the shores of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zeeland. It was built by Ken Crosson of Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects. The house has large glass doors, a retractable folding door which exposes the second floor and lots of shelving on the walls. On the first floor there’s a small dining area and a kitchen and a separate room features three bunk beds.

10. Holiday Prefabricate House

This tiny house was designed to serve as a holiday home. It’s practically the equivalent of a hotel room but without the neighbors and the whole huge building. This one is just for you. It has a minimalist design with clean lines and a harmonious interior. It was designed without a kitchen so the users can fully enjoy their vacation without having to lift a finger. The windows are placed at the perfect angle to let natural light infuse the interior.

11. Mighty Micro House

This micro house is a mobile home and it has a very welcoming interior. Although it’s very small, it has a kitchen with a tiny dining area, a window bench/ reading corner and a cozy sleeping area which you can access via a ladder. It’s a great use of space and it could serve as a wonderful mobile home for trips and vacations.

12. Student Tiny House

This tiny house is a student unit designed by Tengbom Architects. It was designed specifically for students and it’s eco-friendly, smart and functional. The unit measures only 10 square meters so it’s very compact but it doesn’t look crowded with furniture. The interior design is minimalist and the unit offers the basic things such as a kitchen, a bathroom and a sleeping area. It even has a patio. If you’re not convinced of its great design, you can go see it at the Virserum Art Museum in Sweden.

13. Finnish Woods- 96 Sq.ft.

In the Finnish woods there’s a small but very interesting micro cabin. Because it’s so small, the cabin doesn’t exist on papers as building regulations say you only need a permit if you build something larger than 96-128 square feet. The cabin has exactly 96 square feet. It has a small ground floor with a living area, kitchen and bathroom and the upper floor features a sleeping area and a storage space. The cabin also has a deck.

14. Vacation Home

This is a transportable home designed by Abaton Architects. It’s basically a house you can take with you on vacations and trips and it offers you everything you need. It’s like taking a smaller version of your home with you. Inside, the house is bright and airy. It has a glass wall so that you can admire the views and the landscape and also so that the light can get inside. What’s also nice is that the structure is actually shaped like a house.

15. Tiny Tack House -13 Square Meter

The Tiny Tack house is a versatile living space and the perfect micro home for its owners. It includes a cozy living area, a raised loft bedroom, a kitchen and a bathroom. It has 11 windows which flood the house with natural light. The house was built almost entirely by its owners with some help from a few friends. Together, they created this lovely wooden home which is also sustainable and quite good-looking.

16. Japanese Forest House

This Japanese Forest House was designed by Brian Schultz and it’s a soothing and beautiful escape where you can relax and meditate. Moreover, the house is also sustainable. It was built on a budget of $11,000 and using locally found and salvaged materials. It features a beautiful oriental theme and it sits on a 200 square meter concrete pad. It was crafted using salvaged wooden logs and the windows and door come from the local dump.

17. Leaf House

Built by Leaf House, this tiny house is located in Yukon, Canada. It’s the second structure of this kind that the architects build so they named it Version.2. It has a total of about 215 square feet of living space and it’s a wheels house. Inside you can find a full kitchen, a full bathroom, a dining area and a sleeping area. The house is insulated and was built with cedar siding, a composting toilet, tankless water heating and triple-pane windows.

18. Mini Mod House – 27 Square Meters

This black compact building is a micro house with a modern and very sleek design. Its black exterior makes it seem even smaller. The interior is bright and airy and surprisingly spacious. The glass walls offer magnificent views, especially if you take this tiny house in the middle of nature. The minimalist design suits it well. One of most beautiful things about it is the green roof.

19. Eco-Friendly

This micro home can be found in France and it was built using renewable materials. It was designed by Paris-based firm Studio 1984 and the whole structure is organized around a rectangular inner volume with walls made of farm straw. A wood-plank frame keeps the straw in place and wooden boards give the house a cohesive look on the inside. The interior is clean, simple and airy, typical to modern homes.

20. Duck Chalet

This is the Duck Chalet, a tiny house with a green design. It was built by its owners in 4 months although the design process took a year and a half.They built it using a trailer as a starting point. The trailer was modified and every little inch of space was smartly used, after all, these wasn’t much to spare. Inside there’s custom-made cabinetry and a warm décor with wood accents.