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Toybox Tiny Home

The Toybox Tiny Home may sound like a playhouse of some kind, but it's actually a modern house on wheels. Designed by Frank Henderson and Paul Schultz, this $48,000, 140-square-foot trailer home took approximately year to complete, measuring 20' x 8' and weighing in at just over 8,000-pounds. Once guests slide open the glass door, they'll be greeted with a raised loft sleeping area, kitchen, Murphy table with modular seating and a bathroom with toilet, sink as well as a shower. During harsh winters, you'll be happy to know that the floors are lined with heating pads made from recycled denim. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video on how sugar really affects the human brain.

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Camp Wandawega Adult Treehouse

There are simple treehouses, and then this one at Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. It was originally built as a hotel in 1925, but then became a speakeasy during the days of prohibition, complete with trapdoors and hidden hatches to transport the illegal booze. Nexit, it was a haven for hookers, before undergoing a total renovation when the Catholic Church bought it. Owner David Hernandez and his wife have been putting massive amounts of work into the resort, restoring it all, cabin by cabin. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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At first glance, this may look like a crashed UFO in the forest, but it's actually HemLoft, a hidden dwelling in the woods of Whistler. The residence was designed by software developer Joel Allen, and despite looking like an egg, it has plenty of room inside for stargazing. According to Allen, it's just a short 5-minute walk from the main road. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of todya, including an interesting Robot + Dog + Pop-Tart clip.

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Salsa Box Cabin

Whether if you're looking for a travel home, or just want to live off the grid, Salsa Box should do the trick. Available in 12, 16 or 20-foot models, the Portland based company has introduced energy efficient houses that can easily be attached to any trailer hook. They all feature a nice kitchen with storage, stainless steel counter, sleeping space, bath / shower combo setup and lots more. After stepping inside, it feels more like small studio than just a wooden 96-square-foot box. The windows and skylight bathe the Salsa Box in natural light, and with a price tag under $25,000, it won't break the bank either. Continue reading for a video tour and more information.

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3D Printed Bridge

You read that right, Heijmans, the innovative Dutch construction company behind the Starry Night bicycle path, has unveiled their project: a 3D-printed steel bridge in the heart of Amsterdam. Created in partnership with MX3D, this bridge is part of Heijmans' goals of building the 'spatial contours of tomorrow,' and multi-axis industrial robots will be used to make it a reality. "Construction and design are currently rather separate factors in construction - the architect designs something and the constructor interprets the design and builds what he thinks is needed. But using 3D printing for a bridge makes design and construction operate hand-in-hand. For instance, both activities are done at the same time, instead of first building the structure and then adding the design later. This means we will also have to start looking at design in a completely different manner," says Jurre van der Ven, Heijmans' Innovation Manager. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Three Shipping Container Home

Joseph Dupuis managed to build a tiny, yet cozy, cabin in Ottawa, Canada from three 20-foot shipping containers. Measuring just 355-square-feet, it comes with a heating / cooling system, solar panels, a wood stove, full kitchen and shower. He started designing the house in 2010, and worked on plans for about an hour each day for approximately three years. The home was constructed on his family's farm, and built 95% himself, working 12-13 hour days for three months, while leaving the rest to electricians and other subcontractors. When he started living in the cabin, his winter heating bill was only $35. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Storage Unit Loft Conversion

Photo credit: PsycheMagic / Reddit

Reddit user "psychemagic" stumbled upon an old storage unit from 1890 in Washington D.C. that was too good of a deal to pass up. So, he decided to snatch it up and convert it into a modern residence. Fortunately, psyche is both an architect and general contractor. After spending just $50,000 on supply and labor, a magnificent modern loft residence ensued. There's a full-kitchen, living room, bathroom, shower and a loft sleeping space. Continue reading for more pictures detailing the entire build from start to finish.

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Urban Playground

This project started with the 10-story International Shoe Company, a sprawling 600,000 square-foot factory turned City Museum in St. Louis. As you can see, this definitely takes the title of ultimate urban playground, complete with a sky-high jungle gym that use two decommissioned airplanes, a multitude of giant slides, and a a rooftop Ferris wheel to top things off. For those who are afraid of heights, there are also tunnels that go from floor to floor, an aquarium, ball pits, a shoe lace factory, a circus arts facility and a few restaurants to boot. The materials used to build the museum were sourced from salvaged bridges, old chimneys, construction cranes and more. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Magic Mountain Lodge

The Montana Magica Hotel in Chile looks to be straight from Middle Earth, and it's not just a facade. This is actually a popular 4-star hotel shaped like a volcano of sorts, with plants, moss and vines covering the exterior. Throughout the day, this mountain streams water down the sides, putting on a show for guests of its 13 rooms, each of which features central heating, a bathroom, and a safety deposit box. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Cinder Cone Treehouse

Foster Huntington, a popular blogger and photographer, quit his job in New York three-years-ago to move into a van and surf and camp around the West Coast. Now, he's decided to build an incredible treehouse, complete with a skatepark and a wood-burning hot tub, in Skamania County, Washington, to settle down into. He began drawing the plans for the Cinder Cone Treehouse last spring, with the help of a small group of close friends, as well as his carpenter mother, Huntington broke ground in June 2014 and worked through the winter. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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