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post #31 of 43 (permalink) Old 11-08-2016, 08:02 AM
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Re: People who find fault in others homes

A McMansion is generally a badly designed, ostentatious looking, poorly furnished, decorated, and landscaped property of 3500+ sq ft.

The link below makes a lot of sense if you're a professional architect or designer but is very entertaining to read regardless, especially if you're not in the USA...

http://www.mcmansionhell.com/

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A McMansion is generally a badly designed, ostentatious looking, poorly furnished, decorated, and landscaped property of 3500+ sq ft.

The link below makes a lot of sense if you're a professional architect or designer but is very entertaining to read regardless, especially if you're not in the USA...

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I would guess as well that it would depend on the location. I don't really consider a 3500 sq ft house a McMansion, but maybe b/c those are more common where I live.
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Also, he feels so much guilt about being a terrible parent that he overcompensates by being critical when he appears in your home.
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john, that was an interesting read. In the last house, there is an article in the living room (the conversation piece) that is called "James, the Butler". I bought that in 1993 from the Bombay Co. store and have used it as a phone stand in my family room all these years. It's just a bit of whimsy and makes me laugh.

BTW, I have a neighbor whose dad lives in a very upscale area a few miles from us and really does have a BUTLER!
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john, that was an interesting read. In the last house, there is an article in the living room (the conversation piece) that is called "James, the Butler". I bought that in 1993 from the Bombay Co. store and have used it as a phone stand in my family room all these years. It's just a bit of whimsy and makes me laugh.

BTW, I have a neighbor whose dad lives in a very upscale area a few miles from us and really does have a BUTLER!
This was my Butler growing up ...

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My in-laws were like that, nothing I had was any good and was far off the mark from being good enough for their daughter. I just ignored them, as hard as it was to do. Just consider the source, who would pay any attention to remarks made by a drunken *******. Your niece will thank you so much for caring for her later on and I certainly commend you for that. Keep on doing what you're doing and consider the source of the stupid comments.

"I've paid double for every transgression I've ever made and that motel and that boat are little to ask for"

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I would guess as well that it would depend on the location. I don't really consider a 3500 sq ft house a McMansion, but maybe b/c those are more common where I live.
I don't either... More like 5,000 sq ft and 1/2 acre, here in the rust belt, but places I've lived or visited in the Pacific Northwest or New England seem to hate large houses...

There are a couple pieces from The Bombay Co. in our house too but really, is it that hard to decorate properly? The whole house except guest bedroom is done in Danish teak furniture. There is art everywhere, as expected, but tasteful stuff. It's generally grouped by country, so there's the Italy wall, the France wall, Central America wall.... As we speak DD1 is in Venice and will get us a pair of leather masks for wall hanging... We have enough Murano glass to last us a while. Then a handmade tapestry from Tuscany, some ceramics from Umbria...

Should make for an interesting property division agreement

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I don't either... More like 5,000 sq ft and 1/2 acre, here in the rust belt, but places I've lived or visited in the Pacific Northwest or New England seem to hate large houses...
I would say by me a McMansion is probably getting closer to 10,000 sq ft on well over an acre. It may be a matter of perspective though. I don't consider my house a McMansion but I am sure others not from around would consider. The houses once you go along the coast can get pretty ridiculous.
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I think it's bad design more than anything else. We have a guy from Egypt near us, a homebuilder of all things, that moved from the West Coast. His house should be in the architecture hall of shame.

The problem is people don't want to spend the 5-6% for an architect... Even on a big house.
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I think it's bad design more than anything else. We have a guy from Egypt near us, a homebuilder of all things, that moved from the West Coast. His house should be in the architecture hall of shame.

The problem is people don't want to spend the 5-6% for an architect... Even on a big house.
The easiest way to fix a bad design, put lion statues at the front of the driveway, maybe throw a nice fountain someone on the property as well

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I've always wanted a house with lions at the front!
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You guys have made me feel a lot better about the situation - thank you! I think I will file this under 'it doesn't really matter in the great scheme of things..'
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Lions, fountains, mansard roofs, circular drives, ivy on walls are all fun to look at - on someone else's property. Must admit that I would consider a fountain in the back yard if we weren't in a drought.

Encouraging ivy to grow on the house is the one I reaallly don't get. Idiots.
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