Upside down living spaces can be enhanced with the addition of balconies and access to outdoor spaces, as shown in this contemporary home featured below

Rugged coastlines, peaceful country scenes and captivating cityscapes are increasingly tempting homebuilders to consider an upside-down floorplan for their homes, in order to take full advantage of the views they have to offer.

Often coupled with an open plan layout and large glass panels installed along the length of the house, this unconventional design allows you to make stunning views a leading feature in your home. An upside down house could also be the best way to make the most of an awkward sloping site.

Homebuilding & Renovating has pulled together a collection of the most impressive upside down houses, which are bound to inspire you to consider an alternative layout.

1. City Self Build

This eco-friendly self build, designed by Adam Clark of Halliday Clark Architects, adopts an upside down style. Complete with a terrace and open plan kitchen-living room on the first floor, the potential of this narrow plot space is maximised. There is also a roof garden on the top of the home to provide even better views of their surroundings.

The small city home, positioned at the end of a row of terraced houses, was completed for just £139,000.

modern terrace self build

Read more about this city self build.

2. Seaside Home

The costal views offered by homebuilders Lynne and Adrian’s plot inspired their decision to opt for an upside down home. A first floor, open plan living space, complete with cantilevered bedroom, offers stunning sea views on account of glazed windows that line the front of the house.

contemporary upside down home with white front finish

Find out more about Lynne and Adrian’s self build experience.

3. Eco House

This previously unremarkable six-bedroom chalet bungalow was transformed into a spectacular upside down eco house, a move that maximised the potential of the home as a holiday cottage for both the family and paying guests.

upside down home with south facing views

An upside down design makes the most of estuary views from the first floor living area, while also allowing ease of access to an area for storing wetsuits, as well as bathrooms and showers from the ground floor — ideal after a day at the beach!

See more of this environmentally friendly home.

4. State of the Art Bespoke Build

Despite the plot being situated at the edge of a conservation area, architect Robert Seymour was instructed to complete the project with his clients desire for an unapologetically modern home in mind.

riverside home with upside down design


Despite the difficulties faced throughout the planning process, he was successful in achieving his clients dream of a contemporary riverside home complete with glass floors, walls and sliding doors.

Find out more about the difficulties faced throughout the construction process.

5. Built with Family in Mind

This timber frame home, imported from Lithuania, was built with family living in mind. For homeowners Matthew and Lesley, the decision to design a home with three bedrooms on the ground floor, all with private entrances, meant more independent living for their older children.

eco friendly self build with sail features

Take a look at where Matthew and Lesley sourced their timber frame home from.

6. Contemporary Self Builds

Situated in a Glasgow suburb, this contemporary self build seeks to maximise its challenging positioning (it slopes up away from the road and levels out towards the back of the plot.) In order to achieve this, the house was designed with a semi basement space, ground floor bedrooms and an open plan living space on the second storey, offering views of both the city and the countryside.

upside down home with double garage

Learn more about this energy efficient home, built on a sloping site.

7. Updated Bungalow

Inspired by the eclectic mix of homes surrounding their plot, homeowners Jayne and Tim sought to turn a 1960s bungalow into something spectacular. Whilst the hillside positioning of this home did pose some challenges, the spectacular views it offers, particularly from its open plan living space, were worth the effort.

updated bungalow with wooden panelling

Be inspired by the remodel of this sixties home.

8. Remodelled Cottage

After purchasing this cottage, in a sleepy Devonshire village, for the third time during the course of his life, Bob and wife Edith decided to pull the old structure down and rebuild. Despite opting for an untraditional layout-the ground floor is complete with three en suite bedrooms — the rest of the house was designed to complement neighbouring properties.

stone front upside down house in village

See inside this self build cottage with stunning views of the River Dart.

9. Bungalow Remodel

Built in 1916 this pre war bungalow boasted enviable loft spaces, making it a prime candidate for conversion. This potential, coupled with the desire of owners Zoran and Sandra to experiment with contemporary design, led to their purchasing and subsequent remodelling of this dilapidated bungalow into a state of the art, modern home, complete with an upside-down floor plan.

modern experimental converted bungalow

Get a taste of reverse-living with this radical bungalow remodel.

10. Converted Café

Malloy and Steve had longstanding visions for this previously dated roadside cafe. Despite not initially being in a position to purchase the property, the couple did not give up on their dream of transforming the space. Five years later the home has been converted into a light, contemporary holiday let, complete with upside-down floor plan.

cafe converted into modern countryside home

Find out how one couple turned a crumbling café into a beautiful home.

11. Industrial Style

Having secured a dated 1930s bungalow in a cliff top location, the journey to create a modern, industrial style two storey home began. The minimalist style of the frameless glass rooflight, coupled with the glass panels that line the house front enable the maximum amount of light to enter this contemporary home, whilst offering spectacular views of the rugged coastline.

12. Coastal Plot

After 25 years of maintaining a single storey property as a holiday let, Tony and Valerie decided to transform an increasing costly bungalow into their dream retirement home. In order to finance their dream build, the couple also decided to construct a second, slightly smaller, home that they could sell on.

upside down retirement home

Read about this coastal home built to replace a draughty bungalow.

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