A few months ago, I came across a blog called McMansion Hell. As you might have guessed, it is about the overall poor quality of design and construction of large and expensive houses in suburbs and exurbs. While the blog is mostly about McMansions in USA, it does has some posts about similar monstrosities in other countries- especially Canada.
On another note, I wish that he had not hosted it as a Tumblr Blog as finding older posts can be real pain. Here is the link to the index – McMansion Hell Archives.
It is important to understand the critique (and mockery) in that blog is largely directed towards poorly designed and built houses which happen to be large, as opposed to living in or buying a large house. The person who writes that blog is trying to point out that people who buy such ugly and dysfunctional monstrosities have more money than taste or common sense.
Here are a few of her most interesting posts:
Mansion vs McMansion (Part 1) – The real thing Vs its pale imitation- Part 1
Mansion vs McMansion (Part 2) – The real thing vs its pale imitation- Part 2.
Aesthetics Aside, Why McMansions Are Bad Architecture – Many ways McMansions suck.
The McMansion Scale, Explained! – Quantifying the shiftiness of any given McMansion.
Where and Why Do We Build McMansions – Factors enabling these abominations.
and here are a few examples of her brutal and much deserved take down of these shitty stucco-boxes. Browse her tumblr blog archives for more..
Montville Township, NJ – This lovely home, built in 2004 can be yours for the low price of $2,250,000.
Fort Worth, TX – This week’s house, a Mansard built in 1993 (but is totes 1987) is pushing 5,000 square feet, and is currently on the market for $1.3 million USD.
Scottsdale, Arizona – This house, built in 1996 and boasting around 4,000 square feet can be all yours for just under a million dollars!
What do you think? Comments?