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The curse of the supersized garage

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis July 10, 2013 07:29 AM

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OK, I am feeling fed up this morning. Why do so many new home designs lead with a big, hideously ugly garage in front?

I'd ask why builders are so stupid, but they are selling these monster garage homes, and for big money as well. They are laughing all the way to the bank. So if there is stupidity here, it is clearly with the buyers.

My latest example comes from a new subdivision of million-dollar homes in the Walnut Hill neighborhood of Natick.

It's a nice part of town, with lots of old Victorians and a few more modern homes sprinkled in.

The home in question looks to be last of a pocket of pricey new homes, most of which have that typical, unimaginative big new home look, but don't lead with the garage.

Boring yes, ugly no.

But this last one is an exception, with a giant garage sticking out from the house and into the driveway, the dominant feature of the front of the house. Really the dominant feature of the entire house.

Amazingly, someone will spend more than twice what my house on more humble Marion Street near Natick center is worth for this big garage, sorry, I mean house. It's hard to tell where one starts and the other leaves off.

Here's what a fellow named Joffre Essley an engineer out in Ohio writes a blog on house design called House Design Coffee, had to say about this dreary trend.

Perhaps in some situations this is unavoidable, but too often it is avoidable and still built, ugly side out. We have simply come to accept it as normal. We buy houses that have this fault when the builder could have put the garage off to the side. Until we make these houses unpopular they will continue to be built and we will continue to live in neighborhood of garages rather than neighborhoods of homes.

What makes a house ugly in your view? Are all new houses ugly now or there. Is there something I am missing about these big garage McMansions?

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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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