What puts the Mc- in McMansion? McMansion Hell hit the Internets recently hoping to answer that question, bringing along slews of illustrative photo examples covered with detailed (if at times bitingly sarcastic) annotations. The author notes that not all large post-1980 houses are McMansions — that’s a matter of factors like these. And not recognizing one isn’t necessarily a matter of having bad taste — it’s a matter of familiarity with basic design principles, which the site attempts to provide.
Starting with a McMansions 101 introductory primer on basic layouts and proportions, most of the site’s posts so far take on specific design aspects (last week’s called out useless and disproportionate column deployment). Other posts take readers on a Zillow-photo walkthrough of a single home — this afternoon’s critique dives into a Houston-area house (shown above), text block by aggravated text block:
The author tells Swamplot that the site is seeking input from real estate types; photos or feedback can be emailed in. And if you like the site but don’t have much architectural insight to contribute, you can always pitch a few bucks toward the author’s Patreon account.
- McMansions 101: What Makes a McMansion Bad Architecture? [McMansion Hell]
Images: McMansion Hell