Wanted: Offbeat Houses


The idea came to you in a flash. You’d saved all those Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans, and the roof was leaking, so it seemed only natural to patch the roof with flattened beer cans. Then you liked the effect so much that you just went kinda crazy, and over a period of days, weeks, and months, you managed to cover your entire house with beer cans — and even used the pulltabs for decorations.

Sure, your wife left you because she thought you were crazy, and you’re battling that lawsuit from the neighborhood association, but there’s good news: You might get your house on television.

A new HGTV series called Offbeat America is looking for houses in Memphis that stand out from the rest of the homes on your block, residences they describe as “unconventional and unusual houses or yards that are truly amazing.”

Each half-hour show features five or six homes from across the country. Recent episodes have featured an aluminum house in the Mojave Desert that spins like a top, a house in Pennsylvania covered entirely in mirrors so it virtually disappears amid its wooded surroundings, and a home in Wisconsin owned by a man who loved slot-car racing so much he designed his house to resemble a giant racetrack.

Obviously these are extreme “offbeat” examples. Other homes have interiors with unusual themes, or distinctive features. If you live in a house like this, or know someone who does, e-mail the show’s producer, Joni Emily, at Jemily@highnoonentertainment.com or visit the Offbeat America Web site.

Hmmmm. Wonder if they've seen the Jungle Room?

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