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Originally Posted by arced View Post
I was thinking this thread would die, but since it hasn't, I've decided to confess.

I live in a McMansion. There, I said it. I'd post a picture to prove it, but it looks like every other one, so what's the point. It's a house on steroids with those weird, stupid details such as those silly brass outdoor sconces (I know someone here knows the correct word) tacked on the side, the fake muntined windows (thanks for the new vocabulary!), fake Candyland shutters, etc. It's an impressive house, in that it's constantly trying to impress the casual viewer (large scale, granite in the kitchen, hardwood floors, etc.). Maybe the best adjective might be simply "more". The house seems designed by a committee. Everything is a safe choice of options that have supposedly worked for others. The layout works, but especially when I'm driving around and seeing dozens of other examples of the same house, I feel like I've achieved the (generic) "American Dream." That said, my kids like it. It's easy to live in.

Nonetheless, it's lost probably a third of its "value" since it was built six years ago. Plus, it's prematurely aging and parts of it seem kinda run-down already. I can't imagine this house lasting another 80 years (especially since it was built on backfill on wetlands and the foundation has already sunk enough to put in a couple cracks).

So happy were renting. I feel sorry for my landlord whose trying to sell it (and it probably underwater). I have trouble imagining the future of this house. The McMansion's greatest appeal seems to be when new. Does anyone know how they're performing on the market?

Overall, it's a weird experience. We'll be moving out soon (after about a year). It is easy to live in, but we'd never want to own it. It's too much, it's cheaply built, and it's not us. I feel I'm living in a Kenneth Cole house. I constantly have the urge to apologize for the house because most people are very impressed by the house. I do feel like I'm living in the setting of the American Dream, and it's off-putting. Still, we've learned a lot living here. It's our first time living in a house built in this century. The higher ceilings and big windows (even if fake muntined) make for a pleasant living environment. We'll look for that if we ever buy.

Should this be in the DT confessions thread? Anyone else want to confess? There's got to be others.

Good post.
post #377 of 539
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Originally Posted by CDFS View Post
Good post.

+1. awesome lurker post
post #378 of 539
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Originally Posted by Connemara View Post
My house will be made of either brick or stone. No ifs, ands, or buts.
You should set yourself up with a nice little place in the green hills of the Motherland. You can retreat there when the pressure of Albany overwhelms you. It could be a Camp David of sorts for state level political strategy sessions.
post #379 of 539
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Originally Posted by zjpj83 View Post
Almost none of those are McMansions. McMansions have huge double-height entryways and are all in very similar styles, usually on small acreage and definitely with most of the trees cut down for maximum visibility. Usually also have very tall roofs and/or lots of extra roof lines when not needed.



wow.. the second pic looks very similar to my home. Was this taken in Potomac, MD?
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Originally Posted by MrLlama View Post
wow.. the second pic looks very similar to my home. Was this taken in Potomac, MD?
Is there anything more depressing than having people in 200 different zip codes wondering whether or not they're looking at a photo of their own house?
post #381 of 539
not really. it still looks good and big. The only downside is all the neighbors are indian.
post #382 of 539
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Originally Posted by MrLlama View Post
not really. it still looks good and big. The only downside is all the neighbors are indian.

Idiot.
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Originally Posted by mordecai View Post
i don't really see a valid comparison there, but need to bone up on my vitruvius. which one of his ten books was about faux-siding?

this post wins for vitruvius reference. Not really related, but I wrote a paper on roman dome construction in university. It was a fun paper to write.
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Originally Posted by StephenHero View Post
I have a habit of knocking on my interior brick walls. Sometimes I'll ask people where I can get fake bricks like theirs. They're always caught off guard. Losers.

This thread brings the lulz. Seriously. I'm LOLing right now.
post #385 of 539
Looked at a house this weekend. It as the opposite of a McMansion. Custom built, very high quality construction, great finishes, a true "one of a kind." The problem was it was fugly and very non-functional.
post #386 of 539
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not really. it still looks good and big. The only downside is all the neighbors are indian.

Must be New Jersey.
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The American Dream ®
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Santa's coming!

post #390 of 539
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Originally Posted by StephenHero View Post


So the front of the house part of that house isn't so bad...Wouldn't be my pick but whatever.

WTF happened to the garage though? I mean...seriously?
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