Boldly home, where no home has gone before.
Something on the lighter side of real estate. I once happened upon this odd story from England of renos gone wrong. The story seems to have been taken down on most sites but I find it interesting enough to keep alive here. I admit a certain affection for Star Trek, particularly the STNG era he is emulating here but there is certainly a point where love for something becomes unhealthy. As a rule, renovations will add to the value of your home, but for every rule there is an exception. Not everyone has the same tastes.
Here is the article I found back in the day and also a video of his endeavours.
Man Goes Bankrupt Building Starship Voyager Home.
Tony Alleyne, the man who turned his apartment into the Star Trek Starship Voyager has gone bankrupt. He started transforming his apartment after his wife left him when he replaced the refrigerator with a ‘warp coil’. The apartment is located in Hinckley, Leics, has moulded walls, touch-panel blue lighting, and a command console. He even built a life-size model of the show’s transporter room with reshaped windows to look like portholes and set up vertical lights to give the illusion of being beamed up. Tony at one time had the apartment for auction on eBay for $2 million but had no luck in selling. Tony maxed out 14 credit cards accumulating £100,000 in debt. His goal was to lure other Trekkies to pay him to convert their humble abodes.
Here’s what Tony has to say on his grand plan:
But I was wrong and just overstretched. Building it in my apartment was the enjoyable and easy bit. But then I got hooked up with marketing and merchandise people here and in America and it all got out of hand.
I’m still proud of what I created but it’s been a financial disaster.
Here is Tony’s Official Website: 24th Century Interior Design