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McMansion or not?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Kent Wang, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. Mr Herbert

    Mr Herbert Senior member

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    Speaking of ugly, here's a mini McMansion I drive by occasionally:

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    --Andre


    looks like something you'd see in SE Asia or other places with limited planning aproval requirements.
     


  2. StephenHero

    StephenHero Black Floridian

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    I like how they rounded off the corners over the garage level with ornamental stucco. Very skilled craftsmen.
     


  3. ljrcustom

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    I was lying. You know why people go to places like Bora Bora and Chamonix to spend their vacation time? It's so they can see how difficult life is for people that don't get to live in houses with crown molding and gas fireplaces.


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    Now that's what I would call a beautiful and relaxing escape from the rest of the crazy world.

    -LR
     


  4. RSS

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    You know why people go to places like Bora Bora and Chamonix to spend their vacation time? It's so they can see how difficult life is for people that don't get to live in houses with crown molding and gas fireplaces.
    I usually go places like that because either I or friends have a house there.
     


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    turboman808 Senior member

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    Yuck: [​IMG]

    Well I guess I am not having you over then. [​IMG]
    Yes my home is completely over the top and I love it.

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  6. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    Well I guess I am not having you over then. [​IMG]
    Yes my home is completely over the top and I love it.


    I don't think that room is terrible because it is over the top. It is terrible because it has no balance or sense of proportion in its planning. The ugly furniture and decorating don't help, but the layout of the room is strikingly bad and unhomey: it looks like the lobby of some hotel trying to be traditional.

    --Andre
     


  7. RSS

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    I don't think that room is terrible because it is over the top. It is terrible because it has no balance or sense of proportion in its planning. The ugly furniture and decorating don't help, but the layout of the room is strikingly bad and unhomey: it looks like the lobby of some hotel trying to be traditional.
    I find the "reveal" at the top of the crown moulding to be ... interesting ... in a very bad way. Perhaps it's the result of the HVAC design.
     


  8. StephenHero

    StephenHero Black Floridian

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    This is what a luxurious interior looks like in the true sense of the word, which refers to exceptional-ism as opposed to connotations of opulence or extravagance. If you're really rich, you use the finest marble flooring, an acute attention to light, and a bathtub carved from a single block of travertine. There's no need to attempt using gaudy chandeliers and cherub motifs to convey your richness because the exceptional nature of the material is so apparent. [​IMG]
     


  9. mordecai

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  10. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    This is what a luxurious interior looks like in the true sense of the word, which refers to exceptional-ism as opposed to connotations of opulence or extravagance. If you're really rich, you use the finest marble flooring, an acute attention to light, and a bathtub carved from a single block of travertine. There's no need to attempt using gaudy chandeliers and cherub motifs to convey your richness because the exceptional nature of the material is so apparent.


    Oh hai, is Donald Trump "really rich?"

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  11. StephenHero

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    It's by Claudio Silvestrin and I think it's somewhere in the Mediterranean, but I'm not sure of the exact location. The guy's website is a mess.
     


  12. StephenHero

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    Oh hai, is Donald Trump "really rich?" [​IMG]
    You like that? It's horrendous. Painting shit with gold leaf isn't baller. It's quasi-baller.
     


  13. mordecai

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    sh, thanks. will look into it

    piob stop playing semantics. you sound like tokyo slim
     


  14. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    You like that? It's horrendous. Painting shit with gold leaf isn't baller. It's quasi-baller.

    It's horrible. But he's "really rich."

    sh, thanks. will look into it

    piob stop playing semantics. you sound like tokyo slim


    Sorry, but I have to fight sermons; it's genetically programmed into me I think.

    SH, my point was that rich and poor don't determine taste. I would totally have bought, "If you are really rich, you can afford to make this statement by..." You can also be of modest means and make similar statements, just maybe not as large or with the mongo expensive products.
     


  15. StephenHero

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    It's horrible. But he's "really rich." Sorry, but I have to fight sermons; it's genetically programmed into me I think. SH, my point was that rich and poor don't determine taste.
    That's actual the point I've been making the whole time which you've been trying to undermine. Good design is functional, an honest representation of its use and user's need, and simplistic. There are certain places you would expect to find gold interiors with ceiling frescoes featuring angelic themes, like 18th century French castles. One of the last places you'd expect to find it is on the 80th floor of a 1970's high rise building made of steel and tinted glass. You mentioned the tepee vs. the McMansion earlier, but the tepee is the much better home. It's better because it does a better job of improving the life of its user, who needs lightweight portability and weather protection in order to migrate with the buffalo heard.
     


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