When we analysed the plans for Steve Jobs's future home, we found one very important upgrade to be missing: a slide. Hopefully, he'll think of making that addition later on, but in the meantime, here's a collection of our favourite houses with built-in slides.
I'm not so sure I'd want to use a concrete slide on particularly hot days, but I still have to admit that this one looks particularly fun. It was designed by the architects at Aboday for an Indonesian "Play House" and goes from a bedroom to the kitchen. [Dezeen via Gizmodo]
I don't know how much it costs to rent this holiday home in Koh Samui, Thailand, but any price would be reasonable for a place that has a 78m double loop water slide. [Lulu Holidays via Born Rich via Gizmodo]
Wrap your head around this: You're looking at the the water slide of a subterranean mansion. It leads from a bedroom straight into the pool. If a home design like that isn't worth three million dollars, I don't know what is. [Countrylife via Lovely Listing via Born Rich via Gizmodo]
London architect Alex Michaelis couldn't deny his children their one request for their new eco-friendly dream home: a slide next to the staircase. Now that's a good dad. [Cookie Mag via Bloesem Kids via Neatorama via Gizmodo]
And since not all of us can afford luxurious homes with ready-made slides, here are two rather fantastic DIY versions:
Looking at this DIY 18m slip 'n' slide both terrifies and excites me. Apparently, the secret to building it was waiting until the home owners were out of town and then following these somewhat confusing instructions:
The slide is made of eight strips of plywood (2 foot by 8 foot). Underneath the slide 3 rows of 1" conduit run the length of the slide—this gives the slide elasticity and prevents the wood from cracking. about 80 L-brackets hold the guard rails on which there are just strips of paneling. Two steel cables hold the slide to the house—they're connected to the windowsill and where the back of the slide meets the lower roof. A blue tarp is stapled to the surface and a garden hose is tied to the top to supply a constant stream of water. about every 4 ft there is some sort of a support structure - 2 by 4s, the van, the roof, big rocks, etc. the ramp needs extra support, we piled a ton of rocks underneath it. it's also very important that the slide is level all the way down and won't lean to the side if weight is put on it.
I don't know how they did it, but at some point, the Craig children talked their parents into building a slide inside their home. This is one of the work-in-progress photos, but you can check out plenty of pictures of the project on the family's site. [Craig Caboodle via Gizmodo]