Location: Minnetrista, Minnesota
Bed: 2 Bath: 3 Sq. ft: 4080
Claim to Fame: Also known as Hobbit House, Flintstones Home, and Mushroom House
About: When architect Winslow Wedin built his house in 1969 from polyurethane spray foam, chicken wire and 2 x 2s, his otherworldly dwelling was cheap, solid, and very energy efficient. It could have been the home of the future. So what happened? Banks didn’t want to make a loan on a home made of foam.
Wedin’s daughter Jayme Littlejohn, who helped build the home and led guided tours as a teenager, recalls winter days when they didn't need heat because the sun kept the home warm enough. The foam home has survived record snowfalls, record cold, record heat, and even took a direct lightening hit. They sure don’t make ’em like they did that one time.