Interesting Blog: McMansion Hell

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?

  1. jeff
    February 12, 2017 at 8:10 am

    I think a need a drink after this, even though it is still AM. Some of those McMansions were hideous. Read every link. Could not stop myself. Glad I got out of the souless suburbs and into a better neighbourhood and a house built in 1947. A small but well biult home with lots of cool features. Thanks for the links.

  2. Not Born This Morning
    February 13, 2017 at 10:42 am

    This is an interseting blog for me.
    I’m in the construction industry, built approx 1000 homes mid 90s through 2008. She is exactly correct, shitty construction everywhere, almost impossible to manage giving the greed and stupidity of builders
    and their egotistical con artist MBA type upper managers who absolutely do not give a shit about doing anything correctly or managing people like they are people. Colosal widgets for idiots!!

  3. joker
    February 13, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Fuck, I don’t care being called a communist but all these stuff is another good reason why the more I think the more I’m convinced land property and management is not meant to be a private business. Tons of property nobody asked for, nobody can pay and probably wouldn’t want for free because it would be such a liability anyway. These are supposed to be the works of the Invisible Hand of the Market?

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