Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Johnson County, Kansas: McMansion Hell!!!

One of the BEST, BRIGHTEST AND MOST KICK-ASS denizens of our blog community sends this links that offers an EXCEPTIONAL TAKEDOWN of our suburban neighbors to the West. Checkit:

50 States of McMansion Hell: Johnson County, Kansas

Hello Friends! Sorry for the late post - I got distracted yesterday by taking a moment to enjoy the beautiful weather after shutting myself in various libraries for so long as to not see the sun....

6 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Yep, he sure showed those suburban homeowners... meanwhile, back at Tony Botello's mom's basement....

Anonymous said...

When was this critique new and original? Fifteen years ago?

Anonymous said...

Having taken many Parade of Homes tours over the years, I had to laugh at his comments. Most of the "new" homes look just like the homes from 10-15 years ago. Find it hard to believe that people actually buy this crap. Must be dazzled by the "gold" bathroom fixtures, eh?

Anonymous said...

I've lived in crummy apartment dwellings in the city and fancy digs in the burbs. The burbs sure are nicer and they sure are safer, thank you very much.

Tracy Thomas said...

This site is beyond wonderful. I am in the process of "re-desecrating" my own modest McMansion in Shawnee. This one made fun of me--but worth it. The author really has an eye for what's wrong. And I go to lots of upscale estate sales in Leawood and Mission Hills, where the misguided compulsion to replicate Versailles is like a virus in their water supply. High-larious.

By the way, the author of McMansionsFromHell is Kate. Not a guy.

I found two other posts, from Connecticut (more excessive budget and a French door sickness, plus a kitchen with FOUR sinks!) and Des Moines/(just so pathetic, bad taste, but then you're just shopping an Younkers) Polk County Iowa that are even worse than the Joco story.

Can you imagine if Kate ever succeeds in publishing a book? A coffee table book of bad design? She could invite her neighbors and serve a signature cocktail: Hemlock Martini--because hemlock so compliments the juniper in the Bombay Sapphire gin.

Tracy Thomas said...

I just found a comprehensive interview with Kate Wagner, the publisher/author of McMansionsFromHell.com.

She's a grad student studying acoustics. And has monetized her blog enough to pay herself $1950 a month. Good for her!

http://www.papermag.com/mcmansion-hell-tumblr-1994391954.html