The American McMansion is officially a dying breed of architectural design, which is good news for those who consider the unnecessarily massive and disproportionate homes an eyesore.
The blog Worst of McMansions, also known as McMansion Hell by its URL, has taken on the daunting task of chronicling these monstrosities and helping the general public understand exactly what makes these homes so hideous.
The anonymous author, who simply goes by “Kate,” studied architectural acoustics and has been writing about architecture for six years. We’ve asked Kate to gather what she considers to be the ugliest McMansions built in the past five years. Below is her list, accompanied by her own commentary in quotes.
'Huzzah! Money can actually buy taste! Loudoun County, the wealthiest county in the country, is at the very bottom of the Top 19 List, with this cheap, remarkably boring tract home.'
'Another tract house hub, as evidenced by this dated, low-budget estate.'
'Tract house or cult compound? You decide!'
'Though this house is still a mess, it got bonus points for its use of high-quality materials.'
'Ah, yes, the rare 1.5-story McMansion. Truly a remarkable sight.'
'Like a worse version of the house above, the eye can't focus with this busy combination of different features.'
'Here we have our classic West Coast Tract House, complete with beige 'stucco' and goofy turret.'
'The mix of brick and stone, along with the number of masses, makes this house a mess!'
'A throwback to the McMansions of yesteryear, featuring monolithic stucco, a gaggle of gables, and inappropriate window styles.'
'This is perhaps one of the most bizarre houses I've encountered yet.'
'Ah, New Jersey. Home of oversized, overdone McMansions since 1980. This house would fit right in around 2005.'
'When people say that McMansions are built cheap, this is what they're referring to.'
'Ah, Fairfax Co. One of the most infamous DC Suburbs in terms of sheer ... ugh. This house is no different.'
'Does anyone else feel like their souls are being sucked out? No? Just me?'
'It's like a McDonald's from 1996 except a house and in hell.'
'Behold, the beige Monolith of the Mountains.'
'I regret to inform you that there is, in fact, a worse one.'