I love it when a plan comes together. A friend had emailed just the other day, asking if I knew of any more awesome slides built into houses besides that underground eco-dreamhouse deal Alex Michaelis built in London. And then dt reader eric suddenly emails with this photo of a mystery slide from somewhere on some website. And there you have it! FTW!
D'OH Update: Way back in 2004, Gizmodo linked to a 2002 story in Forbes about the super-fast, fiber-optic-lighting-equipped mahogany spiral staircase slide in the Indianapolis dream home of voicemail mogul Scott Jones. The slideshow also shows the giant steel-and-fiberglass treehouse playroom for his sons. Who should all be in or near college by now.
Just seems more efficient [epicwinftw via eric]
they also have a completely unattributed Michaelis-style slide, too [epicwinftw]
EVERYONE WANTS A SPIRAL STAIRCASE SLIDE UPDATE: I am impressed and dismayed by the regularity with which people comment and/or email seeking to know who can build them their spiral dream slide. Here's as much as you're gonna get at this point [March 2012]: Scott Jones' house in Carmel, Indiana underwent an "eight-figure" renovation in 1999 that was the cover story in the Oct. 2001 issue of Indianapolis Monthly Magazine. The slide is credited to an Anderson, IN-based craftsman named Rodney Miller. Who's company is listed elsewhere as Wood Innovations, but I can't find any active links to either.
What I do find is a separate, long article in the magazine about Leonard Watson of Artisan Homes [Brownsburg, IN], the custom home builder who did Jones' house. In 2001 he was touting his in-house team of master craftsmen who work autonomously on sections of the 20,000 sf+ reno and expansion projects he does for Indianapolis's elite. Whether Miller is a part of Artisan's team or network, I don't know, but it shouldn't matter for your slide. Because unless you're building a mahogany spiral slide staircase in Indianapolis, those are not the guys you're going to ask anyway. You're going to go to the local equivalent dream home builder in your suburb. Or ask the developer who built your gated community for a recommendation.
Jones' mahogany slide was apparently built using "shipbuilding techniques," and it took 15 months. Let me suggest at this point that if that's what you're looking for, any number of high-end builders you call will be ecstatic to make it work for you.
Or, you know what, contact a spiral staircase specialist. Here we go. Unique Spiral Stairs of Albion, Maine has executed a maple spiral staircase with a slide. It looks like it was installed in a conference room, which, I can only imagine. Anyway, there you go. Unique Spiral Stairs is your answer.