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They've been building on this monstrous house for over a year... it's over 11K sq ft... and from what the neighbors tell me, an older couple will be living there... no children... so what does one do with 11K sq ft of house?

The pool house is bigger than my cottage fer godssake! The construction sounds have been annoying... especially when they were cutting the tile for the huge pool that's directly behind the house... and now, finally, it appears they might be finishing up... there's only the sounds of the big earth moving machines and dump trucks (replacing what they scraped away to build the house in the first place) getting the back yard area ready for landscaping...

I've got the creek and a goodly number of trees and forest growth between me and them... but I'm really looking forward to the ceasing of continuous noise!

Date: 2007-10-12 09:31 pm (UTC)
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Huh? I thought that was some kind of apartment complex. All that for 2 people? Oy!

Date: 2007-10-12 10:02 pm (UTC)
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I was raised in Oxnard, CA and I watched it go from strawberry fields to track housing called Strawberry Fields. During my short career as a realtor I came across house after house where no more than 3 people were living in them that were bigger than my 4 unit apartment building. It apparently has nothing to do with need and to my eye seems like nothing more than a socially acceptable big di*k contest. I love architecture and I've always been fascinated by how people nest but the McMansions, while fun to walk through, are not something I would want to live in. Too much like an institution and not enough like a home.

I'm finally making some progress on a story that I've been kicking around for years that touches on the trend for Garage Mahals and Starter Castles ::mumbles:: although it's more about the 3 guys who build them. Anyroad ...

I can't state it strongly enough: I prefer your cottage so much more.

Date: 2007-10-12 10:09 pm (UTC)
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Two people. TWO PEOPLE??!!

Date: 2007-10-12 10:56 pm (UTC)
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That's just...well, obscene is the word that comes to mind first.

When we bought in the central valley ten years ago, we had a hell of a time frinding a house small enough for us. Two builders told us flat our that they "didn't mess with" anything smaller than 2000 sq feet. O_o

Conspicuous consumerism at it's most pronographic. I think it's in China or Japan that the proverb goes: The bigger the bedroom, the higher the separation (divorce) rate.

Date: 2007-10-13 08:05 am (UTC)
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A bigger house in a hot area (i.e. doesn't need to be heated) can just sit there doing nothing when not in use. If you want a big kitchen and a big lounge or just like the feel of extra space around you it's really not so bad. The extra space has no downside, it's just not essential. Depending on location, of course. If you had to clear the remaining rainforest of the Amazon to fit it in then you may have gone a bit too big. A bigger house doesn't have to be a foolish extravagance.

That house, however, is also hideous.

Date: 2007-10-13 09:32 am (UTC)
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Ugly looking dump. Looks like an NHS clinic, ot something. Not nice.#
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