Credit my cousin, a professor at Boise State, for flagging a website that presents an architectural critique of McMansions (with a touch of humor thrown in for good measure).
“Worst of McMansions” describes itself this way: “If you love to hate the ugly houses that became ubiquitous before (and after) the bubble burst you’ve come to the right place.”
Kahala has more than its fair share of these places, which we’re reminded of every morning as we walk past dozens of out of place McMansions.
Here are the basic McMansions 101 lessons.
There’s a lot here to read and digest.
And even better, there are plans for more. Here’s a list of planned “future posts” that I found by clicking on the “Archive” link and nosing around. What fun this promises!
Iâ€™ve been getting a lot of messages (mostly from anons) about posts I should do, etc.
This is a curated blog, which means that the posts are already planned, and are scheduled for weekly publication. To avoid clogging up my inbox even more (though I do love each and every one of you!), here is a list of upcoming Sunday articles/posts in order:
(Note: Blog Specials are posts that have a similar scale to â€śMcMansions 101: What Makes A McMansion Bad Architecture?)
1.) Mansion vs McMansion: Why All Big Houses Are Not McMansions
Blog Special: A Curated Collection of Big Houses That Donâ€™t Suck
2.) McMansions vs The Environment: A Story of Conspicuous Consumption
3.) Not Just Aesthetics: Why McMansions Are Bad Architecture Remix
4.) McMansions 101: Windows
4.5) McMansions 101: The Roof
Blog Special: McMansion Hell CliffNotes: Anatomy of a McMansion – Exteriors
5.) Of Vaulted Ceilings and Jacuzzi Tubs: a Comprehensive Guide to McMansion Interior Architecture
6.) A Field Guide to the Dated: How You Can Tell a House Was Built & Designed in the 1980s
7.) The Joneses Ruined The Neighborhood: How McMansions Destroy the Continuity of Our Communities
Blog Special: A Brief History of the McMansion
8.) A Machine For Pretending to Live In: McMansions, Speculative Building, and the Great Recession
9.) A Field Guide to the Dated: How You Can Tell a House Was Designed & Built in the 1990s
10.) A Post-Recession Retrospective: McMansions since 2010
11.) Gated Communities: McMansions, the Suburbs, and Discrimination
12.) A Field Guide to the Dated: How You Can Tell a House Was Designed & Built in the 2000s.