When it comes to creating an unusual focal point in your self build, extension or renovation project, you can be as understated or bold as you like.

From imaginative fairy tale dragons decorating your chimney to the more humble (and incredibly practical) secret doors hidden within kitchen cabinetry, we list some of the unusual features to appear in the UK’s most inspiring projects.

1. The Framed Lens Window

A unique feature of this project in Ireland is its lens style window framing the landscape

This unusual project in Ireland, built using shipping containers, boasts a dramatic cantilevered lens-style window which frames the landscape.

2. The Secret Door

In this Hampshire project, a secret door built into the kitchen units houses a hidden larder as well as access to an external door leading outside.

In this Hampshire project, a secret door built into the kitchen units houses a hidden larder as well as access to an external door leading outside.

3. The Viewing Pod

Cantilevering out from the house, architects McInnes Gardner designed this first floor section feature wraparound glazing to be used as a viewing pod

Cantilevering out from the house, architects McInnes Gardner designed this first floor section to feature wraparound glazing so that the space could be used as a viewing pod, with uninterrupted views out over the landscape.

4. The Barrel Entrance

The unusual entrance to this home boasts an impressive double-height span shaped in the form of a barrel (the homeowners are big wine connoisseurs), with glazing offering through-views down the centre of the home

The unusual entrance to this home boasts an impressive double-height span shaped in the form of a barrel (the homeowners are big wine connoisseurs), with glazing offering through-views down the centre of the home and out to the landscape beyond.

5. The Climbing Wall

The outdoor amenity space in this London project has been designed with the children in mind. A climbing wall here injects a sense of fun

The outdoor amenity space in this London project has been designed with the children in mind. A climbing wall here injects a sense of fun.

6. An Unusual Mirrored Façade

An unusual mirrored façade on this project helps to reflect the landscaping and embed the house within its surroundings

A reflective mirrored façade acts as an unusual feature on this project — helping to reflect the landscaping and embed the house within its surroundings.

7. A Bridged Entrance

Working with the sloping nature of the site, this home's entrance is approached via a bridge, and also makes way for a sunken courtyard below.

Working with the sloping nature of the site, this home’s entrance is approached via a unique bridge, and also makes way for a sunken courtyard below.

8. The Curved Ceiling

A curved ceiling clad in timber creates an unusual focal point in this renovation project, leading the eye upwards.

A curved ceiling clad in timber creates an unusual focal point in this renovation project, leading the eye upwards. The white-washed timber here mirrors the timber flooring.

9. A Dragon

Does it get any more unusual than a dragon on the roof? This inspiring fantasy self build features a dragon sitting atop a chimney

Does it get any more unusual than a dragon on the roof? This inspiring fantasy self build features a dragon sitting atop a chimney, and is perhaps one of the greatest talking points of the house.

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