Here they are, ripped and culled from your submissions: the official nominees in the first category of the 2016 Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate. That, of course, is Favorite Houston Design Cliché. Thanks to all of you who contributed! These awards wouldn’t happen without you.
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Here, then, are the 2016 nominees for Favorite Houston Design Cliché:
1. Developer-Commissioned ‘Street Art.’ “If you’re developing inside the Loop right now, a wall mural is quickly becoming essential — the more Instagrammable, the better. How do you signal that all the cool people in the know come to your store to buy mattresses and cell phones? Be the store with the biggest mural out front.”
2. The Lone Holdout. “Nestled amid some newly transformed neighborhoods, you’ll find that one older home that refused to sell to the developer. As a result, it’s now surrounded on all sides by 3-to-4 story townhomes or a giant apartment complex. New neighbors are treated to excellent views into the windows and back yard.”
3. Lick-and-Stick Brick. “Lick-and-stick, but with fake brick. Equally lovable indoors and out.”
4. Not-So-Lofty Loft Developments. “Loft apartments that are not actually lofts, but new construction aiming for that touch of industrial-chic je ne sais quois.” “Just stick a brick accent wall in there somewhere. Good to go!”
5. Corner Tower Mortarboards. “Flat-top corner roof features. Also called sniper platforms.”
6. The Retail-Corridor-Hogging Self-Storage Midrise. “Dropped in the middle of neighborhoods undergoing a residential or redevelopment boom, these 4-to-6-story flat-faced boxes can eat up an entire block of prime frontage.” “All these Inner Loopers living in new apartments has led to no one having storage space — and now we get the result. How many of these will we need?” “There is a huge trend in ‘smaller living.’ But the trend of ‘having less stuff’ hasn’t really caught on.“
7. The Top Floor Townhome Roof Patio. “For that shining sliver of a Downtown view. Who knew power lines could be so atmospheric?”
Now, you tell us: which of this year’s contenders deserves the title of Favorite Houston Design Cliché? Let the voting begin!
- How To Vote in the 2016 Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate
- Swamplot Awards Ballots 2016 [Swamplot]
Images: Joe Bielamowicz (1515 Beall St.), Russell Hancock (lick-and-stick brick), EDI Architecture (Ivy Lofts rendering), Big Tex Storage (Montrose storage facility), Swamplot inbox (all others)