Game of Walls
“And for just an extra $10 per ticket, you can forego watching the game and just stare at this concrete wall for three hours.” – Cleveland Browns
Let’s put it this way, if these are the only seats available, we’ll save ourselves the effort and watch the game on TV, from the comfort of our recliners, and with the benefit of live action replay, multiple camera angles and the absence of a giant, view-blocking wall.
Is this one of those new designs that forces you to get a workout to get what you want out of it? That’s a pretty decent climb and solid squat you have to engage in to get your cash.
It may not be the most comfortable or convenient ATM in the world, but your glutes will thank you later!
Game of Thrones
The owner of this building most likely dreamt of the splendid and kingly structure he would create for his clients. Well, he certainly created a structure fit for a king. But the final product just doesn’t look like the kind of throne he was imagining!
His building is certainly a show-stopper… but then again, anything that looks like a giant toilet would be.
TV for everyone!
Is this for real? Is the TV still functioning despite its awkward position? We can’t believe that anyone in their right mind would install a television in this manner. Who’s benefiting from the half screen? Do the residents have to call through the wall to let each other know what’s happening on the side they can’t see?
Whatever prompted this strange creation, it seems they at least had good (if terribly misguided) intentions.
Too close for comfort
The things people will do for a profit. We can imagine the owner of this property demanding that every inch of space be taken up with apartments, to ensure the maximum profits possible. With limited space and pressure from above, the contractor decided to create this hideous setup. But let’s look on the bright side: perhaps the intimate arrangement sparked chit-chats and friendships among neighbors.
Privacy certainly isn’t something these residents get to enjoy. But let’s hope at least one Romeo and Juliet style romance flourished out of it.
Minimalist balcony design gone wrong
This balcony designer has taken minimalism to whole new heights! Here’s hoping the tenants are happy to use their “balconies” for hanging plants and clothes, and nothing more!
If you’re looking for some down time with your cup of coffee, a good book and a nice breeze, this is not the apartment building for you.
Well, look… we’ll give them points for creativity. Everyone loves a garden, right? But a garden in the middle of a handicapped parking spot? That’s just really unnecessary. Particularly considering it makes getting into the park a nightmare at best, and an impossibility at worst.
The strangest part is, it’s not even a pretty garden.
This upside down door may not be the owner’s cup of tea, but we’re willing to bet their dog is pretty stoked with it. No more staring at the bleak, painted wood for this pup. He gets to gaze out at the world through his very own, puppy-level window.
Let’s just hope he doesn’t get too excited at the sight of the mailman or a neighborhood cat… the owners may come home to a broken door and a missing canine!
This building stands strong with all its might, but if you take a closer look, you’ll spot the one and only window on the side. There’s a definite Being John Malkovich vibe to this construction.
Who installed that lonely little window? And why? Another renovation fail with a fascinating backstory we’re dying to know.
To be fair, the door is fine. It’s the wall that has a problem. Or lack of a wall, to be precise. Here’s another pro renovation tip from us to you: if you don’t have walls, maybe don’t worry about splurging on a door. It’s not going to do much for your security.
Although, we bet all guests and employees entering this door get a giggle out of it. And, it’s no small gift to decorate someone’s day with a good belly laugh.
McDonald’s: failing to support logic
This load-bearing column at a McDonald’s store is doing a great job of taking up a whole lot of room without actually bearing any load. Whose idea was it to install a giant, dysfunctional object that causes hassle and obstruction, without actually serving a purpose?
Unless McDonald’s is so ahead of its time it’s actually got some kind of magnetic technology going on here, we’d say this is a fail of epic proportions.
That’s one way to solve a problem
What to do when you have a fire hydrant installed where you need your stair rail to go? Definitely not this! Sure, the curved railings fit perfectly around the hydrant. Can’t fault them there.
But we’re dying to know what they’re plan of action is if they ever need to actually use the hydrant. Here’s hoping that building has an eternally fire-free future!
Would you dare take the plunge?
If you thought the last handicapped amenity was bad, check this puppy out! While there would likely be some brave souls who would see this “ramp” as a whole lot of fun, we don’t like their chances of making it down in one piece.
Although, they have thoughtfully placed that giant plant at the bottom, presumably to help with the impossible task of stopping, once you’ve busted your way down.
A handicap person’s life is tough, that’s why there are dedicated bathrooms designed to make life a little bit easier for them. Unfortunately, when not enough thought is put into these designs, the opposite effect can end up being achieved. This particular example is unbelievable. Have a close look at the bottom of the door.
Surely, given the fact that the handicapped symbol depicts someone in a wheelchair, it would act as a hint that stairs aren’t an appropriate feature. We’re sure this restaurant has received its fair share of complaints about this construction fail.
Is this the latest trend in gate design? The gate itself gives you all the appearance of privacy and security, while the fence ensures you don’t actually have any of either. What a system!
One thing’s for sure, this fence rig was not the work of an expert. We just hope the owners don’t have pets they want to keep safely in the yard!
Stairs, stairs and more stairs!
Seems like the person responsible for this confusing staircase may have been a Harry Potter fan. But their construction, unfortunately, didn’t turn out to be nearly as magical as the ever-shifting Hogwarts stairs!
We can imagine the “delight” of the residents as they go through the daily ritual of heading down, then up, and then down again. We’re getting exhausted just thinking about it.
To the person responsible for this drain: have you heard of a little thing called gravity? Surely, this is the first thing they teach you when you’re learning about drain placement.
One thing’s for sure, the engineering department better fix this drainage problem before the flooding gets worse.
For those of you problem solvers out there who are into modern architecture, here’s a challenge for you: come up with a way to have your giant beams and workable walkway too.
While it would’ve been ideal to simply avoid this fail at the planning stage, we’d love to know what could possibly be done to rectify the issue now.
Imagine booking a room with a view and bouncing in excitedly to check out the vista, and then discovering this. I mean, technically it is a view… just not the kind you were expecting. We still suggest you talk to the hotel manager as soon as possible and demand a refund or relocation.
They may argue that the listing didn’t specify what kind of view you were in for, but hey, the customer is always right!
Bended and extended
Who would’ve thought an innocent plastic clock could create such a predicament? No chance of moving it, we’ll just have to bend the pipe around it. You can’t even call this laziness, because surely it would’ve taken more time and effort to bend the pipe than simply move the clock!
This has us wondering, why anyone would go to such extraordinary lengths to maintain the precise position of their timepiece?
Inaccessible seating area
Now here’s an innovative solution to the problem of finding yourself in charge of a haunted hotel. Bring some contractors in, and design yourself some seating areas that keep the ghosts happily occupied and out of the way of guests. Brilliant.
We’d love to see what other ghost-ready installments are to be found throughout the rest of the establishment.
It’s nice to have your house renovated and repainted. The process may be tedious, but the results (if flawless) are refreshing. Unfortunately, this painter might find himself coated in the same paint color he used in painting the roof!
He has found himself in a perfect, real-life enactment of the old warning not “to paint yourself into a corner.” Perhaps next time, he’ll keep the old saying in mind when devising his plan of attack.
Trick of light
This may have not been done on purpose (although you never know), but the resulting reflection couldn’t be more perfect. We’re pretty sure we don’t need to explain why. However, we do want to commend the interior designer who combined his best styling skills with a great sense of humor, to create this masterpiece of refracted light.
We just hope the homeowners aren’t intimidated while looking at the ceiling. It is a mighty distracting view!
This renovation fail is as creepy as it is illogical. What kind of person hates sunlight so much they need to cover 90% of their perfectly lovely window with bricks? The tiny new aperture, with its ability to let just a peek-a-boo of sunlight in, has us feeling decidedly uneasy.
The room beyond can’t be anything other than a dungeon. And we shudder to think what might be lurking in there.
For flying cars only
Okay, we understand the excitement. Flying cars are going to be pretty boss. But it’s still just a tad bit early to go installing a garage on the second floor of your house… and a massive, double garage at that!
Tip: You need to save a lot of moola before you can purchase a flying car, and you have to wait a couple more years before its launch (if it’s even approved for public use).
No parking allowed
Do you remember the rule of not parking within 15 ft. of a fire hydrant? Oh yeah, not to do it. The homeowner here clearly has a BIG problem. This renovation hasn’t even been finished yet, and they’re already installing problems for themselves.
If this is indicative of a trend, we hate to think how the rest of the house is going to turn out.
Would you be game to test your skills?
Is this an issue of frugality (hence the lack of cement), or do the homeowners just like showing off their boss driving skills to the neighbors?
You would have to have supreme confidence to get in and out of a garage like this multiple times a day. Hats off, guys! We are suitably impressed.
Since driver-less cars are in, it seems the world is already preparing for futuristic garages, in case flying cars will be the next big hit. Like this building owner, who was clearly way too excited to own his flying car.
We admire his advance decisions and hope his car will fit his garage. But maybe someone should tell him, a futuristic car deserves a nicer looking garage.
With the advent of technology, the impossible becomes possible. Take this superhero-inspired, underground parking, for example. Someone is overly precious about his car… or has a serious Batman obsession… or both.
What we’re wondering is: where do you go once you’re parked? Just how decked out is their underground lair?
This driveway is versatile, it can make a great place for skateboarding and bicycle exhibition (just apply safety precautions, please). Also, walking up and down on it is a great way of exercising, which saves you a lot of money from expensive gym memberships.
The drawbacks: daily risk of serious injury, especially during the rainy season!
What’s with all the missing doors?
This house deserves a shout out for its hilariously poor design. If we consider the overhang and the stairs, it’s safe to assume that they’d lead us to, oh I don’t know, a doorway! Maybe there was one some time in the past… which leaves us wondering where it went, and why the occupants don’t need doors anymore.
Whatever the reason, this house looks as absurd as it does mysterious. We hope there’s a functional door somewhere.
This construction is a perfectionist’s nightmare. When we hire a contractor and his team, we rely on them to build our house properly and safely. After all, they are the so-called experts in their field. From measurements to space, we are confident that they can do the job perfectly. But how did this happen?
The walls are not aligned and it’s obvious that their measuring tools were not properly used, otherwise, the walls would, you know, line up.
What’s with all the driveway fails?
Is this some kind of new trend we’re not aware of... Garages installed for decorative rather than functional purposes? This driveway setup looks like an accident waiting to happen.
All it would take is one distracted day, when the homeowner is running late for work. Unless, of course, this is a house occupied by motorbike enthusiasts, who can easily maneuver around the offending pole.
10 points for ingenuity
Toilets tend to be the smallest room in the house. We all know this, and it’s something we all have to work around. Yet, instead of, oh say, installing a door that swings out instead of in, this clever homeowner made a cutout in the door to fit around the throne.
Kind of defeats the whole privacy aspect of having a door, especially if there are kids in the house.
No way out
An emergency escape is designed for safety and security when emergent situations happen, like fire. However, this emergency escape (a.k.a the emergency spiral stairs of the building) is designed to put the residents’ lives in further danger. The staircase appears to have been installed a few feet to the side of the doors, which makes it impossible for anyone to use it.
Here’s hoping it’s just leaning there, waiting to be installed properly… and we’ll throw in a bit of extra hope that said installation happens before the next fire drill!
Either someone has never seen a functioning door before or they’ve taken their need to be different to a ridiculous extreme.
We would love to see the person responsible give us a demonstration on just how to enter and exit the house via this marvelous, horizontal monstrosity.
Don’t you just hate it when you’re super hungry but can’t open the fridge because the oven’s blocking it? Or has that never happened to you?
This is yet another problem that could’ve been solved by simply measuring first and installing second. Tip: bigger isn’t always better.
The contortionist’s toilet
Here’s another home renovation for you: no matter how elegant your bathroom design is, if you can’t actually sit on the toilet, the aesthetic is going to rapidly wear thin. Marble counters are all well and good, but you kinda need to be able to actually use the bathroom.
This is one home renovation fail we really can’t see any way of fixing without pulling everything out and starting over.
It’s nice to have drawers for storing items like dishes and silverware. It’s also super nice if you can actually open said drawers. It’s pretty clear that the contractor did not get the exact measurements for this kitchen cabinet installment.
Either that or this is the worst attempt at child-proofing, ever! Sure, the kids can’t get into the knives and scissors… but neither can anyone else!
Okay, so there is nothing wrong with installing a door several feet above the ground. People do it all the time. They just usually remember to include a staircase, you know, so you can actually use the door. Is this an epic prank pulled on the unsuspecting tenants of room 70?
If so, we hope they were out when the prank was enacted, because if they’re inside and decide to head out before having their first cup of coffee for the day, they might not notice the missing staircase in time!
Room with a… view?
Windows: they’re pretty pointless if you can’t see out of them. Try telling that to the owners of this house, who figured building a window behind the chimney flue wasn’t at all counter-intuitive. We suppose the dream of an attic with a picturesque view got put on the back-burner, as the chimney was prioritized. Sigh.
What we’re wondering now is, how many other renovation disasters are lurking, in the depths of the house, behind this view-less window?
The upper balcony looks pretty sweet, right? A perfect spot to relax and enjoy the fresh air. But the lower balcony? If you’ve ever played Sims, this kind of setup will look familiar.
We were unapologetic indulgers of that evil pastime of putting sims in a room or on a balcony and then taking away the door to see how they deal with the situation. But it’s not the kind of thing we ever expected to see in real life.
Here’s a great “how not to install electrical outlets” tutorial. Unless, of course, you crave danger so hard you need it as an ever-present force in your home. Then, by all means, go ahead and rig yourself up one of these little beauties. But be prepared for some confused and horrified looks from any and all guests who come into your house.
In fact, even the outlets themselves look horrified at the sight of the water source looming over them.
There’s nothing duct tape can’t fix
You have to admire the owners of this couch for fighting back against the culture of just throwing things away the moment they get the slightest blemish. These guys just aren’t letting their beloved couch go. And with duct tape on hand to work its magical renovating powers, why should they?
What we really want to know is, just what would it take for them to finally let the thing go?
How this issue came to be, we really can’t figure out. Surely, the radiator could’ve been installed elsewhere? Whatever chain of faulty logic led to this renovation fail, we have to admit, we’re pretty in love with the elegant simplicity of the solution.
And the horror movie vibes of the hallway have us dying to see what’s on the other side of that strangely placed door.
Keep 'em banging
They say three is a crowd, and this kitchen setting is a great example. With limited space, a lot of appliances, and a poorly designed layout, this kitchen has its very own built-in traffic jam. We feel sorry for the door, the fridge, the oven, and the microwave, who are surely all scratched up from the constant banging around.
To give the owner of this mess their dues, they really did maximize their space… and that refrigerator is stocked, son.
Our door is always open
The person who installed this door knob clearly took the saying “our door is always open” far too literally. Either that or they were drunk.
If only we could’ve been there with our camera to capture the moment of realization, when the person responsible for this masterpiece first tried to put it into action.
Wet and wild
Small sink + big faucet = total disaster. On the bright side, at least it comes in handy when you want to mop the floor... which you would end up having to do every time you went to clean your teeth or wash your hands.
If you happen to visit this place, our advice is: bring hand sanitizer with you and steer clear of this bathroom monstrosity!
Jump for your life
Before signing a contract for a prospective apartment, there are many factors to consider… not the least of which being the emergency exit. In case of a fire, you need to have a safe and viable escape route. This particular apartment building decided to offer the occupants on the upper levels a different kind of exit: one that, in case of emergency, simply offers a different way to die.
Unless you have the presence of mind and ninja skills necessary to notice the missing stairs while you’re running for your life, and avoid plummeting into the gap.
Here’s another toilet you’d need some high level yoga training (or contortionist skills) to be able to use. The only people we can imagine having a relaxing time on this toilet rig are the cast of Cirque du Soleil.
The rest of us would be straining muscles we didn’t know we had, trying to contort ourselves into a workable position without slipping in.
Is this some kind of art installation? If not, we would love to see a demonstration from its creator of exactly how you’re supposed to use the thing… starting with how in the heck you’re supposed to get into the insanely narrow room in the first place.
Now that would be a piece of performance art you wouldn’t want to miss.
Nature: 1, driveway: 0
Okay, so you love your tree, we get it. Trees are awesome. But paving your driveway around it and building your garage behind it? The tree so perfectly blocks the garage door that you might as well save your money and not have a garage at all…
...Which makes us wonder just what’s going on inside said garage, since there’s definitely not a car in there.
Stairs to nowhere
Analyzing this photo, and the relationship of the staircase to the ramp, is a wonderful exercise in making your brain hurt. Our best guess is that the initial plan was to allow the residents to enter the door using the staircase. However, in the middle of construction, they decided to slap a walkway over it (presumably) connecting it to another building on the opposite side.
Whatever the cause, this pointless staircase makes you wonder how much you could trust the rest of the construction.
A most important message
This image is logic at its finest. “Gosh darn it, those neighbor dogs keep getting into our yard and pooping on the lawn. It’s gotta be a problem with the gate. This sign should fix it...
Closed and locked. Problem solved. Building the fence? Ah, I’ll worry about that another day.” Brilliant.
Improvised shower head
While we’re on the topic of money-saving renovation improvs, here’s another creative homeowner who wasn’t going to be beat by a busted shower head. His immediate solution (and we can only hope this is just temporary) came in the form of duct tape, a soda can, and a whole lotta holes.
You know what, this idea is so brilliant, and seems to be working so well, we’d almost back him keeping it as his permanent shower rig. Engineering level: boss.
Renovating on a budget
Who says home renovations have to break the bank? A fancy new faucets might set you back a bit, but why waste your funds when a simple plastic drinking straw can do the job in style?
The best thing about it is you can get a whole packet of faucets for less than a dollar. And, as each one wears out, you get to change up the color. Kitchen renovations just don’t get any cooler than that.
A deck fail of epic proportions
This is what happens when you put your extremely heavy hot tub on a wonky deck. Instead of indulging in a refreshing and relaxing spa session with “stunning” backyard-in-suburbia views, this homeowner ended up creating a spectacle for the neighbors to gawk at.
We hope no one got injured, but from the look of that overflowing bubble bath, someone probably had to leap for their life when the deck came tumbling down.
Is that a radiator or some kind of weird locking device? Whatever it is, one thing’s for sure: ain’t no one going into that room any time soon.
Whatever is hidden on the other side of that door shall apparently remain a secret. As the saying goes, what you don’t know won’t hurt you. That said, let’s just leave this oddity as it is.
Here’s a hot tip: prior to installing a fan, make sure you’ve measured the room, given it enough space to circulate, and ensured it’s in tight and won’t start gyrating when you turn it on. Otherwise, you may end up inadvertently creating your very own, in-house, Indiana Jones style booby trap.
Can you imagine that happy moment, when the energy-saving fan was switched on for the first time? And then the horrifying one that came immediately after, when the fan got its sway on and started hacking violently into the walls?
Composite rooms can be a clever, space-saving idea. But a combo dining and bathroom? What on Earth would have to be going on in your mind to make you come up with such an idea?
It is convenient, we’ll give them that. And guests will never have to awkwardly ask where the bathroom is. Though the situation they find themselves in will be decidedly more awkward to deal with.
Someone clearly didn’t think the logistics of this staircase through. Unless it was designed by kids to keep adults out of their attic clubhouse, in which case, touché! Look at this guy, he’s not halfway up yet but his head is already hitting the ceiling.
Seems like the homeowners either need to prepare themselves for regularly recurring concussions, or call in some experts to fix this disaster.
Tiles version 2.0
This confusing photo shows what it would look like if you took a before-and-after composite picture and turned it into your actual floor. Carpet and tile can live in harmony together, but for the love of OCD, find a way to avoid making a weird diagonal cut through your tiles!
We hope the owner will hire a professional for their future home renovations, to avoid further confusing their abode.
Wrong in so many ways
Pretty sure someone was trippin'—that’s the closest we can get to an explanation for this hilarious renovation fail. Why else would you place a toilet holder in the bathtub? Someone needs to tell them this is not how you make DIY moist towelettes.
Wetness issues aside, you’d need some freakishly long arms to reach the roll from where you usually tend to need it. Here’s hoping we haven’t accidentally stumbled on the legendary slender man’s bathroom.
This is a cute example of homeowners prioritizing greenery over practicality. While grassy land for some gardening or a play area for the kids is important, the owners of this house weirdly compromised their driveway. The limited space allotted for the car is one thing, but then there’s the matter of the tree. Who thought it was a good idea to put that there?
We can only imagine the maneuvering required to get in and out for work every day. But, hey, it is nice to see people doing their bit for the environment.
What’s the issue?
Toilets. Not exactly the first things you think of when you want to get creative and nouveau. Well, it turns out you’ve been missing out on a creative goldmine by ignoring the humble rumble throne. These homeowners decided to install their toilet on a jaunty angle.
We’re curious whether the world feels all askew whenever they make a trip to their diagonal throne. And was this done as a design feature or was their bathroom so small this was the only way they could fit the thing in there? What do you think?
What to do when you and your house don’t agree on where there’s room for a door? Just force the issue. What’s the house going to do about it?
Here’s a beautiful example of this tetris mentality: a zig zag-style door that subtly fits around an obstruction that would make most people think “hey, maybe a door doesn’t belong here.” Tetris doors. Coming soon to a Home Depot near you.
The other side
It’s common for householders to make extensions to their homes, especially those supporting a growing family. However, this particular homeowner had a burning desire to be different, demanding a contrasting design to offset her classic home.
Everyone’s entitled to express their own unique style, right? We have no judgment for her at all. Okay, maybe one little bit of judgment: Ew! Surely she could’ve at least made the colors match?
Is this a garage or a storage area? With the size and placement of the door, we cannot imagine how a vehicle could wiggle itself inside. This “garage” would have a mini cooper feeling like a hummer. Our only explanation is that there is some kind of wizardry involved here that our puny muggle minds can’t comprehend.
If there’s no magic afoot, then we humbly suggest this failed garage should be converted into an over-sized bin for rejected household items.
Probably one of the weirdest approaches to establishing a ”strategic location.” The person(s) responsible for this renovation must’ve been drunk or just plain crazy, with their workmanship ensuring that danger is now an ever-present fixture in this part of the house.
No man in his right mind would place a faucet this close to an electrical outlet. Pretty sure you can figure out why. Try washing your hands and then plugging a cord on the outlet. What a blast!