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(New York Daily News)   EVERYTHING is BIGGER in TEXAS Including the chunk of cliff that collapsed and left the edge of your lakeside McMansion hanging out in mid-air   (nydailynews.com) divider line 166
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2014-06-11 06:31:41 PM  

whither_apophis: Day_Old_Dutchie: That there is a real CLIF-hanger.

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Where the fark can you get a pack of M&Ms for 25 cents??


Probably at someone's office. We don't have candy here but we have a 25-cent Coke machine.
 
2014-06-11 06:32:40 PM  

mesmer242: Lol. Free golf clubs and ipad mini when you preview their community:  http://www.whitebluffresort.com/They may need to up that offer.


I toured that property back in 1993 just to get the free golf clubs!  Crappy Tour Model III's.
 
2014-06-11 06:33:10 PM  

markie_farkie: LIVE VIDEO FEED HERE!!!!


Sadly, it's currently unavailable. :*(
 
2014-06-11 06:34:22 PM  

Vector R: Sadly, it's currently unavailable. :*(


Yeah I think the chopper went off to re-fuel or something.. The last 2 minutes of feed were of the underbelly and microwave relay, and the ground whizzing by before they killed it.
 
2014-06-11 07:07:14 PM  

Isitoveryet: Dog Welder: Wow. What a colossally stupid place to build a house. I'm no geologist but it appears that entire cliff is limestone. What did they think would happen?

this is Texas, regulations are a sign of the end of times.


Housing placement is decided on the county level and even then in the subdivision.  The State has regulations about building code, etc, not where some schlub wants to put his $800k mansion.
 
2014-06-11 07:09:05 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Snarfangel: I love Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture.
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The rooms are disappointingly small, and everyone gets upset when you want to break down a wall here and there.


Owners of his homes would complain because he would come back to visit them later, and put their furniture back where he designed it to be. "That doesn't go there. It goes right... here!"
 
2014-06-11 07:10:27 PM  

pjbreeze: When that next big chunk falls and sheers that house in half, that's going to make quite a little tsunami.


Whitney is pretty far below normal lake levels.  So it'll be a ripple.
 
2014-06-11 07:25:51 PM  

unyon: A $700k home is "luxury"?  I'll have to tell my wife that.  Apparently, we live in a 1000sq ft McMansion.


Welcome to Fark. McMansion means any house an idiot commenter can't afford. There are $125K McMansions out there according to a number of posters here.
 
2014-06-11 07:27:24 PM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: That there is a real CLIF-hanger.

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kick it
 
2014-06-11 07:28:42 PM  
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2014-06-11 07:33:36 PM  

whither_apophis: M&Ms


That's probably .25 Canadian
 
2014-06-11 07:37:22 PM  
When will they learn that gravity wont be denied . It has been that way for a long time
 
2014-06-11 07:39:31 PM  

Chach: $125K


That'll buy you a 5000 sq ft actual handcrafted 1900s mansion.........


In Detroit.
 
2014-06-11 07:41:10 PM  

Chach: unyon: A $700k home is "luxury"?  I'll have to tell my wife that.  Apparently, we live in a 1000sq ft McMansion.

Welcome to Fark. McMansion means any house an idiot commenter can't afford. There are $125K McMansions out there according to a number of posters here.



Welcome to Fark - the last stop on the internet for people desperate to impress strangers with their real or imagined wealth.
 
2014-06-11 07:51:04 PM  
FTA: A home that used to be worth more than $700,000 is dangling from a bluff high above Lake Whitney in Texas.

FTFM
 
2014-06-11 07:57:09 PM  

Gneisskate: Dog Welder: Wow. What a colossally stupid place to build a house. I'm no geologist but it appears that entire cliff is limestone. What did they think would happen?

I am a geologist, and these people are idiots.


Seconded, on both counts.

/How's your liver holding up?
 
2014-06-11 08:12:23 PM  

Dinodork: Gneisskate: Dog Welder: Wow. What a colossally stupid place to build a house. I'm no geologist but it appears that entire cliff is limestone. What did they think would happen?

I am a geologist, and these people are idiots.

Seconded, on both counts.

/How's your liver holding up?


Heh.  Liver is fine, it's everything else that's giving out on me.  My study area is on the Buffalo River, so it looks a whole lot like these pictures.  Also, the jointing there should have been stunningly obvious to anyone, even these people.

/drink beer, it helps you think like the rocks
 
2014-06-11 08:14:56 PM  
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2014-06-11 08:23:17 PM  

Gneisskate: Dinodork: Gneisskate: Dog Welder: Wow. What a colossally stupid place to build a house. I'm no geologist but it appears that entire cliff is limestone. What did they think would happen?

I am a geologist, and these people are idiots.

Seconded, on both counts.

/How's your liver holding up?

Heh.  Liver is fine, it's everything else that's giving out on me.  My study area is on the Buffalo River, so it looks a whole lot like these pictures.  Also, the jointing there should have been stunningly obvious to anyone, even these people.

/drink beer, it helps you think like the rocks


Saw a chunk of chalk come off a creek cut in the Niobrara a few years back. Much smaller but it still made a hell of a noise. They need a cameraman on a rowboat down below to film it when it finally rips loose.
 
2014-06-11 08:24:16 PM  
Somebody is going to end up with a much better lake view.
 
2014-06-11 08:49:53 PM  

BluVeinThrobber: whither_apophis: M&Ms

That's probably .25 Canadian


If it was in Canada it'd be full of Wunderbars!

/you Canadian farkers know what i'm talkin about
 
2014-06-11 08:50:41 PM  
Frank Lloyd Wright is style over substance. Houses built to look at and not live in. Uncomfortable for anyone over 5 feet 4 inches tall. No matter they were designed a long time ago, plenty of old houses had decent sized rooms and something more than 7 foot tall ceilings.
 
2014-06-11 09:02:57 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 628x650]


Alaska's Slutty Little Sister.

let's keep it true.
 
2014-06-11 09:03:48 PM  
I am reminded of an aunt, who proclaimed some years ago, proudly, that she lived in the second-oldest house in her town.

"It was built in 1868"

"and did you.."

"Gutted it. Opened it up, added an extension in the back, fully modernized it on the inside."

 WHY THE fark DID YOU BUY AN OLD HOUSE?

Tasteless, man.. tasteless.
 
2014-06-11 09:04:15 PM  
Iown at 3500sq ft house now. I never thought of it in "McMansion" terms. Just a big box. Does have separate upstairs/ downstairs AC units/ furnaces. Does have 6" thick walls, very good at keeping the heat/ cold at bay. When I first bought it, took me a while to get used to the size of it, seeing the downstairs as huge, then realizing there's another floor to it. Got it on the tail end of all the foreclosures going on, paid my 20% down. Only got a 15 year note, have 10 years left. Nice quiet neighborhood. A fair sight bigger that my last house in Texas, was 950 sq ft. Payments twice as much, house almost four times bigger. 3 car garage, room for another 6 cars in the driveway. The wife and I only have 2 cars, and a motorcycle.
 
2014-06-11 09:12:56 PM  
Not to worry. Anyone who can afford that kind of house, has found a way to get the tax payers to pay for it.
 
2014-06-11 09:20:32 PM  

sendtodave: Snarfangel: I love Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture.
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I don't think I've seen that house with people before.

It's smaller than I thought it was.


You should see the toilets.

/a squatting position was apparently considered very healthful at the time of construction
 
2014-06-11 09:32:32 PM  

loonatic112358: Snarfangel: I love Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture.
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if I ever have a house near a water feature I plan to cantilever it like how Falling Waters was done


but I'll sure as hell make sure the ground ain't gonna subside or erode from under the foundation before it's laid down


Last time I was at Fallingwater, they had an ugly mess of steel braces semi-permanently installed under the sagging cantilevers. I don't know if they've fixed it but it was going to take some serious work.

Not saying you can't do it, and I love FLW, but that house could be built way better today than it was then. Probably could have been built better then too.
 
2014-06-11 09:32:49 PM  

Dinodork: Gneisskate: Dinodork: Gneisskate: Dog Welder: Wow. What a colossally stupid place to build a house. I'm no geologist but it appears that entire cliff is limestone. What did they think would happen?

I am a geologist, and these people are idiots.

Seconded, on both counts.

/How's your liver holding up?

Heh.  Liver is fine, it's everything else that's giving out on me.  My study area is on the Buffalo River, so it looks a whole lot like these pictures.  Also, the jointing there should have been stunningly obvious to anyone, even these people.

/drink beer, it helps you think like the rocks

Saw a chunk of chalk come off a creek cut in the Niobrara a few years back. Much smaller but it still made a hell of a noise. They need a cameraman on a rowboat down below to film it when it finally rips loose.


Is that the kind of thing that will sit there for months or years before it finally comes off, or does that look like an "any moment now" kind of fault?
 
2014-06-11 09:37:13 PM  

Snarfangel: I love Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture.


---
great house... except for that $11.5 million dollar repair bill (and that was in 2002 dollars)

http://old.post-gazette.com/lifestyle/20011208lowry1208fnp3.asp

/ Wright was too vain to let others help him design mundane features like structural engineering components and functional septic/sewer systems
 
2014-06-11 09:40:37 PM  

Rent Party: Dinodork: Gneisskate: Dinodork: Gneisskate: Dog Welder: Wow. What a colossally stupid place to build a house. I'm no geologist but it appears that entire cliff is limestone. What did they think would happen?

I am a geologist, and these people are idiots.

Seconded, on both counts.

/How's your liver holding up?

Heh.  Liver is fine, it's everything else that's giving out on me.  My study area is on the Buffalo River, so it looks a whole lot like these pictures.  Also, the jointing there should have been stunningly obvious to anyone, even these people.

/drink beer, it helps you think like the rocks

Saw a chunk of chalk come off a creek cut in the Niobrara a few years back. Much smaller but it still made a hell of a noise. They need a cameraman on a rowboat down below to film it when it finally rips loose.

Is that the kind of thing that will sit there for months or years before it finally comes off, or does that look like an "any moment now" kind of fault?


It's impossible for me to tell just from the photos, but the answer could really be 'either'.  In geologic terms, the answer would be 'soon' and 'never build on top of this sort of thing'.
 
2014-06-11 09:59:09 PM  

Jixa: I cannot even measure how much I don't give a shiat about some multi-billionaire losing one of their vacation houses when I can barely afford the increasing property taxes on my cardboard box of a house with a highway in the back yard.


Try not living in a shiat box, you'll be happier.
 
2014-06-11 10:04:47 PM  

James!: I've been cliff diving in Lake Whitney.  That mansion needs to nut up and jump.  It's fun.


Standing on the edge and looking isn't going to help. Go or get out of the way, there's a whole neighborhood waiting.
 
2014-06-11 10:08:53 PM  
www.fototime.com

What's the big deal?
 
2014-06-11 10:43:28 PM  
$700K will buy a couple of one-bedroom condos around here. (DC)

When I lived just outside NYC it would kill me to go to TX and see houses that I could have bought with 2 years' rent.

So I'm getting a kick, etc.
 
2014-06-11 10:46:01 PM  

markie_farkie: Our subdivision was built out in the mid-90s just before the McMansion Expansion really took off in Texas.  No two houses look the same, and every lot is 2/3 of an acre.  Right across the road is a newer (2000-2005) subdivision, and damned if I can tell one house from the next, even in broad daylight.  Anyway, here's the humble abode!

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You posted that on Fark?

Copper pipes to be stolen in 5... 4... 3...

/hopefully kidding
 
2014-06-11 11:01:42 PM  
"However, we can save 700 lira and two months by not taking soil tests!"

/obscure?
 
2014-06-11 11:21:06 PM  
I'll give ya $300 for the lot, you seem like a smart guy, did you by chance inherit that money you spent on this place?
 
2014-06-11 11:22:23 PM  

LemSkroob: severedtoe: Most of Frankie's stuff is down right claustrophobic.  When you see photos of the spaces and then actually visit them, you have to wonder how the photographer took the picture.  Robie house is tiny inside.

They were small, yes. headroom especially. He always wanted his houses to read horizontally, so they were proportionally long and short.

But also remember, this was the turn of the century when many of his works were first designed. People didn't build 12' ceilings and double-height foyers like todays McMansions just because they could, and people didnt have as much "stuff" as we do now, so most furniture/storage/etc was built-in. He wasn't exactly anticipating 60" plasma screens to be hung in every room of the house with a Theater Room/Man Cave in the basement.

You have to keep in mind many people still didnt have indoor plumbing or indoor restrooms at this time. Its only small and simple by today's ballooned standards (chef-grade kitchens, double-sink master baths, or even master baths at all).

Ive been to probably 20 of his works, and i would gladly live in any one of them.


The Price Tower is a trip - the bar and restaurant there occupy multiple floors since there just flat out isn't enough space to actually house people for the restaurant.
 
2014-06-11 11:38:49 PM  
So, who is going to have to pay to clean that mess up? Or, since Texas, will they just let that pile stay?
 
2014-06-11 11:41:36 PM  

nanim: Snarfangel: I love Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture.

---
great house... except for that $11.5 million dollar repair bill (and that was in 2002 dollars)

http://old.post-gazette.com/lifestyle/20011208lowry1208fnp3.asp

/ Wright was too vain to let others help him design mundane features like structural engineering components and functional septic/sewer systems


ENGINEER > architect
 
2014-06-11 11:43:26 PM  
farm1.staticflickr.com
 
2014-06-11 11:52:28 PM  

sxacho: loonatic112358: Snarfangel: I love Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture.
[upload.wikimedia.org image 640x962]

if I ever have a house near a water feature I plan to cantilever it like how Falling Waters was done


but I'll sure as hell make sure the ground ain't gonna subside or erode from under the foundation before it's laid down

Last time I was at Fallingwater, they had an ugly mess of steel braces semi-permanently installed under the sagging cantilevers. I don't know if they've fixed it but it was going to take some serious work.

Not saying you can't do it, and I love FLW, but that house could be built way better today than it was then. Probably could have been built better then too.


The house was specifically built to collapse/return to nature in something like 75 years.

And that's exactly what it's trying to do. I know they were planning on post tensioning the cantilevers, but I don't know if it happened yet.
 
2014-06-12 12:05:54 AM  

dr_blasto: [farm1.staticflickr.com image 850x566]


Paging Mr. Kaplan.

/they pour a whole bottle of bourbon into you too??
 
2014-06-12 12:19:18 AM  

Cpl.D: Copper pipes to be stolen in 5... 4... 3...

/hopefully kidding


JOKE'S ON THE THIEVES, we installed plutonium-lined pipes right after moving in!!

Good thing we only drink beer and wine!
 
2014-06-12 12:42:10 AM  

markie_farkie: Cpl.D: Copper pipes to be stolen in 5... 4... 3...

/hopefully kidding

JOKE'S ON THE THIEVES, we installed plutonium-lined pipes right after moving in!!

Good thing we only drink beer and wine!


markie_farkie: Cpl.D: Copper pipes to be stolen in 5... 4... 3...

/hopefully kidding

JOKE'S ON THE THIEVES, we installed plutonium-lined pipes right after moving in!!

Good thing we only drink beer and wine!


What? you think they take that pipe home and install it?  The thieves get a shiat load more than they thought they would, because you filled them with a non ferrous metal (magnet test) that is heavy as fark.  Jokes on the hammer mill/smelter employees that all die around same time biatching about everything tasting like aluminum foil.

Don't be a dick, use lead.
 
2014-06-12 12:42:22 AM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: That there is a real CLIF-hanger.


I imagined George Costanza yelling 'Jump!'
 
2014-06-12 06:09:58 AM  
They weren't expecting Jesus to keep it on that cliff face?
 
2014-06-12 07:36:00 AM  
Are they sure that it wasn't vandalism?

cdn.smosh.com
 
2014-06-12 07:53:01 AM  

Ex-Texan: Iown at 3500sq ft house now. I never thought of it in "McMansion" terms. Just a big box. Does have separate upstairs/ downstairs AC units/ furnaces. Does have 6" thick walls, very good at keeping the heat/ cold at bay. When I first bought it, took me a while to get used to the size of it, seeing the downstairs as huge, then realizing there's another floor to it. Got it on the tail end of all the foreclosures going on, paid my 20% down. Only got a 15 year note, have 10 years left. Nice quiet neighborhood. A fair sight bigger that my last house in Texas, was 950 sq ft. Payments twice as much, house almost four times bigger. 3 car garage, room for another 6 cars in the driveway. The wife and I only have 2 cars, and a motorcycle.


I have about 3500sqft, but it's old as fark. No aircon. Central heat sucked so bad at actually delivering heat I actually ripped it out (the 'ducts' were 'lets just point the air at this gap between studs and assume that'll work!'). Need to reroof it. Might unpitch the roof some and get MOAR SQUARE FEET.

I also have what the property assessor refers to as an 8 car garage (IT HAS TWO DOORS! I COULD MAYBE WEDGE 3 IN THERE IF I TRIED!) and a a whopping 45-car driveway.
 
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