I stumbled across a fascinating website about McMansions. I always thought McMansions were simply out of place huge houses built in affordable areas – like a rando 4000+ square foot house nestled in a neighborhood of ranches – but, oh my, they are so far beyond this. Take a stroll through McMansionhell.com. It’s a hilarious in-depth analysis of the design flaws of McMansions. It’s also wildly educational.
Over the past week I’ve read the entire site. As I understand it, these audacious houses built without cohesive design that suffer from cancerous extensions/additions are examples of unbridled hubris. There are fitting parallels everywhere
- The dude who goes to the gym and never works his legs
- Most people who ‘play’ guitar in college
- Five minute wikipedia experts
But it is even more than a prideful affront (turrets, columns, fake facades) with nothing behind it.
The website comments on how many of these houses are designed from the inside out; that the smallest of room details end up dictating the external appearance of the home. Designing with a focus on the interior is great – but this website’s author suggests that to do so at the expense of the external visage of the house is a massive error. It’s like the architect (or owner?) has a really short attention span. The house is done! WAIT! I want to squeeze in an office next to the master bedroom. OH! but I like big windows! Let’s make this one 30 feet tall! CATHEDRAL CEILINGS EVERYWHERE!
Check out the site, it’s amazing. Try this post to start.
3 thoughts on “McMansions”
I read this entire site after seeing it on 99PI (you listen to this, right? You’d love it)
The phrase “pringle can of shame” is my favorite part. Proud my house is a 2, firmly in the chill zone. http://www.mcmansionhell.com/post/151896249151/the-10-circles-of-mcmansionhell-the-mcmansion
I don’t know what 99PI is? Podcast?
Congrats on your #2 house! We are somewhere between 4 and 6. Our house obeys almost all the rules but we have a concealed multistory entrance and our garage invades the facade too much. I admit my guilty enjoyment of both of these attributes.
It’s the best podcast!