Here they are! The official nominees for the very first category of the second annual Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate: Favorite Houston Design ClichÃ©. Thanks to all of our readers who submitted suggestions!
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And the nominees are . . .
1. “Lick and Stick” Stone. “A little thinly sliced stone or facsimile, stuck on with a little thinset mortar, can solve a lot of problems for a builder — including gravity.â€
2. Multitone stone-look tile kitchen backsplashes. “This awkward style must have come in vogue during the early wave of Tuscanization (last year’s winner in this category), but now it’s everywhere. Will probably follow the fate of the avocado-colored appliance craze.”
3. Condominiums advertised as “Luxury Condos.” “If I ever saw a condo advertised as â€œsensible and comfortableâ€ I think Iâ€™d buy it solely for novelty purposes.â€
4. â€œLakes ofâ€ subdivisions. “Is it only in Houston that a developer can turn a clay borrow pit (used to elevate new foundations out of the floodplain) into a selling point by allowing it to fill with muddy rain water? Of course, sometimes they dye it a cloudy blue to take some of the ick-factor away, but does that really help?”
5. Stop Ashby Highrise Signs. “I havenâ€™t seen anything nearly as ubiquitous in the Inner Loop as these yard signs.â€
6. The Vacant Lot. “Weâ€™ve witnessed more canceled projects and a greater drop-off in speculative homebuilding in 2009 than has occured in decades. We also witnessed the tail-end of a demolition boom, which left our city and its suburbs pockmarked with vacant plots of land that shouldâ€™ve been something, but werenâ€™t. (Examples include Turnberry Tower, Sonoma, Regent Square, numerous scraped lots in Bellaire and the Heights, and Road Warrior-like conditions in a multitude of suburban subdivisions, all stories that were covered in gory detail on Swamplot.) This is the only distinctive trait that was uniformly witnessed among urban/suburban and residential/commercial real estate in Houston this year.”
Which of these fine nominees truly deserves recognition as Favorite Houston Design ClichÃ© for 2009? Let the voting begin!
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Photos: Swamplot inbox (chimney), HAR (Kitchen, 3203 Cloverdale St.), Bristol Condominiums, Hendricks Interests (Lakes of Cypress Forest), Swamplot inbox, Flickr user meltedplastic (Landmark Chevrolet; license)