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    Betsy DeVos’s summer home deserves a special place in McMansion Hell





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    Default Re: A matter of taste .... or extreme lack of it!

    i like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMc View Post
    i like it.
    Hahahahaha!!! you crack me up!
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    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    Once again proving: 'just because something can be done, doesn't mean it should be done'.
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    Designed by a committee?

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    Would it garner this level of distain if you did not know whom owned it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    Would it garner this level of distain if you did not know whom owned it?
    I think it might! That is one ugly SOB.

    I don't know who lives here but it has the same affect. it's a couple of miles from my house.

    https://www.google.com/maps/@37.5188...7i13312!8i6656
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKIP KILPATRICK View Post
    I think it might! That is one ugly SOB.

    I don't know who lives here but it has the same affect. it's a couple of miles from my house.

    https://www.google.com/maps/@37.5188...7i13312!8i6656
    But it's got beautifully landscaped grounds!
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    A bulkhead without cleats or bollards? Where do you moor the yacht?

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    Designed by a committee?
    My first thought, too; a committee of recent hires designated by an Architectural Principal who didn't want to bother with this particular client.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    A bulkhead without cleats or bollards? Where do you moor the yacht?
    Someplace with security from now on.
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    A bulkhead without cleats or bollards? Where do you moor the yacht?
    The Cayman Islands. That’s where her yacht is registered.

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    how old is the place? I see a few different architectural styles there
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    Actually, I wish I had enough family and friends to make that much house worthwhile. Sadly, I don't and I don't know anyone who does.

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    It provided a lot of building work to the trades, but it's stylistically confused.
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    I like it does Amway sell a kit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    Would it garner this level of distain if you did not know whom owned it?
    mmt: I do realise that you are Canatian, and do not regard that as an inherent defect.

    But, this is your second warning. Please write it on the chalkboard 100 times: Disdain.
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    The bottom two levels sort of work for me, apart from that weird bay window with the bulbous shingled underside. The top level and roof treatment, not so much.

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    There's a 72-inch TV in every room, tuned to FOX News.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Smith porter maine View Post
    I like it does Amway sell a kit?
    eh Bobby, that you?
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Fellas, I know she's a worthless vandal, but the house could be a LOT uglier.

    A LOT.
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    Looks like the architect(s) went out of their way to attempt to make it look like a grand old house that had been added to over time, but failed miserably.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    Would it garner this level of distain if you did not know whom owned it?
    Yes.

    It is a forced and contrived attempt at recreating a classic style.

    Fake architecture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    Would it garner this level of distain if you did not know whom owned it?
    Yes... all I did initially was to look at the image in the OP - which contained no commentary. What I saw was architecture which harkened back to an interesting (and already a bit lush) aesthetic: Resort Shingle Style. But within that rubric... it appeared as if the marching orders were: look for ways to pack on the ornamentation, detail, and general busyness. Overdone is better.

    Lots of interesting details, and attractive touches. Just crammed together, one on top the another, without any apparent integrating aesthetic vision. It'd be interesting to see the floor plan - as I suspect from the exterior views that it's a bit of a mashup as well... but I could be wrong, and the exterior could make more sense if it was driven by a creative, innovative, well-considered floor plan.

    But I doubt it. I suspect that it's just an over-inflated bit of Conspicuous Consumption. And a lost opportunity.
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    Oh, crap. Foisted by a 't' and not a 'd'...

    ... although the 't' version sorta works, too:

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    The mall door works. Could be a mall inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    A bulkhead without cleats or bollards? Where do you moor the yacht?
    You leave it on a public dock where some chucklehead can cut the mooring lines in the middle of the night.
    As for the house, I like most of the features.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    As for the house, I like most of the features.
    each of the features could work independently but as a whole they make a kitsch mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Conway View Post
    each of the features could work independently but as a whole they make a kitsch mess.

    Hugh put it in a nutshell.
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    I've seen worse, but it's certainly a case where more has been wrought into less. And about that odd, bulbous bay window -- maybe it's an illusion, but it looks like it's sagging to me? Perhaps an intentional "wabi-sabi" effect? Now that would be something!

    On the up-side, that was a lot of interesting and (I assume) profitable work for a lot of tradesmen.

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    If the house were about 1/4 its present size, it would be charming.
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    You might think the same about this house....




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    .... until you see what's inside. ( Never judge a book by its cover)












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