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SF Cribs: The places behind the clothes

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by designprofessor, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. SField

    SField Senior member

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    I don't know why, if you wanted a lot of square footage, you'd have to live in a McMansion. Buy an old place and fix it up.
     


  2. Incman

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    Everyone needs to post more pics. I'm living vicariously through the gorgeous houses in this thread.
     


  3. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    I don't know why, if you wanted a lot of square footage, you'd have to live in a McMansion. Buy an old place and fix it up.
    I'm not saying I ever will, just that I can see the appeal. Fixing up an old place can be fraught with peril, especially if you're clueless about that kind of thing. It's probably pretty easy to get in over your head financially. And depending on where you live, those places are often in more expensive areas as well. Plus, some mcmansions are less mcmansiony than others. What's unacceptable in my mind is cramming that style of house onto tiny .25 acre lots. My preference, of course, is to be living in south america in 10 years' time, preferably in a spanish colonial mansion with a central courtyard where I'll eat breakfast every morning. [​IMG]
     


  4. JetBlast

    JetBlast Senior member

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    Everyone needs to post more pics. I'm living vicariously through the gorgeous houses in this thread.

    +1. I would post pics of mine but it's an effing mess with the remodeling at the moment.
     


  5. GQgeek

    GQgeek Senior member

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    Kyle,

    I'd strongly suggest you forgo Indiana and consider Atlanta. That is a new hotbed, and there's so many great chefs there you could work for and still live somewhat affordably. Cleveland is a good idea too, but in all honesty Atlanta would be far superior of a choice.


    Plus, if he's really nice to AF he can go horseback riding for free. Or were they ponies? Nm, they'd be crushed under the kid's weight.
     


  6. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Kyle,

    I'd strongly suggest you forgo Indiana and consider Atlanta. That is a new hotbed, and there's so many great chefs there you could work for and still live somewhat affordably. Cleveland is a good idea too, but in all honesty Atlanta would be far superior of a choice.


    Good point in that Indianapolis doesn't seem to appreciate fine dining as do other major cities. The best restaurants here are good, but pale in comparison to ones in most other cities of similar size. This is in large part due to clientele not supporting high end restaurants, IMO. Something Different was outstanding, but it didn't get enough business to stay open. Oakley's is very good, and my favorite in Indy, but it doesn't come close to similar restaurants in other cities, Babbos for example.
     


  7. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    How do people define "McMansion"? I have a definition in my head, and it has to do with subdivisions like the one in the first season of "Weeds." I don't define it merely in being new construction and > say 3.5k sq feet.

    As to the appeal of size: I think it has much to do with your lifestyle. What we plan to build in a few years when (if!) conditions revert somewhat back, it will be large. Each space has a reason and/or purpose though. I plan to do much in the way of entertaining, both in dinner/social things with local folks, and in having distant family/friends being able to stay comfortably with me. If it wasn't for those two things, we would probably be looking at building a house 1/2 the size.
     


  8. StephenHero

    StephenHero Black Floridian

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    How do people define "McMansion"?
    -high square footage @ low building cost per square feet. -cheap materials -kitschy architectural elements (sometimes contradictorily eclectic) -marketed by builders using nostalgic pastel watercolors -usually in cheapest available suburban lot -nominal landscaping -in a subdivision with three or more of the following words: hills estates quail creek woods trail -shire oak cedar forest lake (none of which are present) There are large houses that I don't call McMansions because they are built with quality materials, even if I don't like the style. If you're building @ under $150-200/sq. foot in most areas you likely have a McMansion. McMansion [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Mansion (all of these by Robert Stern) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


  9. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    ^ sums it up about perfectly IMO.
     


  10. Mblova

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    How do people define "McMansion"?

    New Jersey.
     


  11. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    This is the worst thing I have ever seen.
     


  12. MetroStyles

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    The first picture is the definition of a McMansion. Those sprung up all over Connecticut like the plague in the late 90s when my family was house hunting.
     


  13. StephenHero

    StephenHero Black Floridian

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    Columned Greek temple porticoes, Spanish villa balconies, and art deco windows don't work for you?
     


  14. JayJay

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    I also think of a McMansion as a cheaply built house that is made to appear much larger than it actually is.
     


  15. StephenHero

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    Four car garages have a tendency to do that.
     


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