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(News.com.au)   Why it doesn't pay to have a large house. Apparently bigger isn't better. It's just bigger   (news.com.au ) divider line
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2014-08-19 10:29:00 AM  
I'm pretty sure I could have guessed all those "points."
 
2014-08-19 10:59:46 AM  
Bigger homes are more expensive? Where's the 'Newsflash' tag?
 
2014-08-19 11:13:24 AM  

Demetrius: Bigger homes are more expensive? Where's the 'Newsflash' tag?


Yeah, but did you know more stuff means more upkeep and maintenance?
 
2014-08-19 11:14:38 AM  
6. A large house makes your penis look smaller by comparison.
 
2014-08-19 11:21:57 AM  

Diogenes: Demetrius: Bigger homes are more expensive? Where's the 'Newsflash' tag?

Yeah, but did you know more stuff means more upkeep and maintenance?


Get the fark out!  No way!!
 
2014-08-19 11:22:33 AM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: 6. A large house makes your penis look smaller by comparison.


When I show off my extensive collection of firearms and sportscars, it fixes that problem.
 
2014-08-19 11:47:41 AM  
It is not an exaggeration to say that this is one of the Top 10 stupidest articles I've ever read on the internet.
 
2014-08-19 11:50:09 AM  
Did you know that if you hire housekeepers and landscapers, they have to come to your house and that means people will be in your house?

Did you ever think of that?
 
2014-08-19 11:52:54 AM  
My new house has a bigger yard than my old one and it takes me longer to mow.  Who'd a thunk it?
 
2014-08-19 11:53:22 AM  
What if I told you that if you buy a really expensive house, the ease of reselling it is reduced because people with less money than you wouldn't be able to afford it?

It makes you want to burn all of your money, doesn't it?
 
2014-08-19 11:57:18 AM  
Did you know that if you buy a house with a working vineyard, that vineyard requires sunlight and water to survive, not to mention pruning and harvesting? Wine does not come out of the ground ready to drink. It involves a complicated process of vats and tubes.

So before you buy your house, make sure to find out if it has a vineyard on the property.
 
2014-08-19 12:31:45 PM  
Big houses are good for parties, and for avoiding family members. But that's about it.
 
2014-08-19 01:15:05 PM  
When I was a kid, I used to read books and watch movies where people had homes so big, that they'd forget about rooms or have wings closed off for decades.

Many a horror movie took place in an old mansion that seemed to be about two acres in size. I used to dream about what it would be like to live in such a huge house, especially after reading National Geographic and getting to see palaces and country mansions, huge homes that had been built hundreds of years ago and had something like 4 stories.

The concept still stirs some excitement in me -- but today seeing such a home, the first thing I consider are the property taxes. Probably a million or so a year. Even inheriting one would bankrupt me.

The shows I watched usually had folks in various richly paneled rooms, with big fire places, sitting in over stuffed chairs and discussing things before a crackling hearth.

Today, I think about the cost of the wood for those many fire places, how forests would be stripped to keep the place warm in winter, the never ending repair and cleaning of the chimneys and -- of course -- the massive amount of air pollution caused. Especially from those places with like 10 chimneys poking up over the acre of slate covered roof.

Those cool, vine covered brick mansions seemed so exciting -- until I realized the roots of the vines which held them to the walls gradually destroyed the bricks.

I saw rooms nearly the size of baseball fields, with rich wooden floors, huge, multi-paned windows, high ceilings and often holding a table that had to have been made out of an entire Oak.

Now, I realize that just to keep such a place clean would require a staff of at least 10 people, working all year long.

Plus, the power needed to provide even just basic lighting, these days, would, for such a huge place, cost thousands of dollars a month.

Pretty much, I realized I'd love such a place -- if someone else would pay the maintenance bills.

I read true stories of people living in old massive mansions -- where they'd shut ¾ of the place down and lived in just a few rooms, had to open the place up for paid tours just to get money to pay the taxes and, on a few, roof repairs were so costly that they seemed to go on for decades.

I once worked in a large house in my city, in the wealthy section, as a medical assistant. I was charmed to discover it had unused servants quarters. Three small rooms that were basically cool efficiency apartments. Each, however, predominately had a call bell panel, so they could be called to any room of the house at any time.

Even though the owners were filthy rich, the rooms were unused. You need to be mega-rich to have live in servants -- and cover them with all the necessary insurance, health plans, time off and so on.

Once I ventured into an abandoned mansion, which sat on 8 acres of land and had out buildings. The kitchen was surprisingly small, as were the bedrooms on the second floor. There was one 'great room' with walls paneled in Cyprus Wood -- which people were in the process of stealing, a smaller sitting room, narrow staircases, an over grown walled in garden and an old fountain.

Above the 4 car garage was a fair sized apartment. There was a pool house and a huge swimming pool that folks had dumped refrigerators and junk in. There was another small, two story wooden building that I chose not to explore because of the couple of homeless folks living in the lower, garage like, cluttered open area.

I thought the place was cool -- but the taxes had to be hideous and the repairs probably had kept handymen busy all of the time plus the huge expanse of lawn, packed full of trees and flowering plants would have required nearly constant tending by a crew of yard men.

The yearly cost of the place, I reasoned, would have come to more than 5 times what I was earning yearly at the time -- and that was just for the taxes and up keep.

Of course, I did find a secret compartment under the floorboards of the smaller living room, about 1 foot square, but nothing was in it. However, someone had done some pretty nice work building it.
 
2014-08-19 03:01:43 PM  
I agree a house bigger than 6k sq ft is overkill and ostentatious but anything smaller is just uncivilized.
 
2014-08-19 03:16:37 PM  
The five major problems with living large that no one talks about  everyone already knows. Except maybe for #5, but that one's pretty farking obvious, so fark you

FTF news.com.au
 
2014-08-19 03:32:02 PM  
biatching without a solution is to remain part of the problem

http://www.susanka.com/

That's the solution to this problem.  And yes, it really is a problem.  Building right-sized houses is always the correct answer.  Building big just to be big only costs the homeowner money needlessly.
 
2014-08-19 03:55:55 PM  
A large house for a wealthy person only made sense in a certain period of history when that large house was the only place to stay if you were traveling.  As time went on and society became more stratified then the wealthy and royalty would need a place to stay.  So you basically had to own/reside in a hotel and be ready for the Queen to show up...just in case.  Why people feel the need to mimic that today just seems ridiculously ignorant.
 
2014-08-19 04:41:53 PM  
As someone who is going to build a 700 sq.ft. home next spring I am getting a kick....
 
2014-08-19 04:44:52 PM  

darkman2000: A large house for a wealthy person only made sense in a certain period of history when that large house was the only place to stay if you were traveling.  As time went on and society became more stratified then the wealthy and royalty would need a place to stay.  So you basically had to own/reside in a hotel and be ready for the Queen to show up...just in case.  Why people feel the need to mimic that today just seems ridiculously ignorant.


I've always wanted to get a huge building and turn it into condos.

The Detroit City Library is SCREAMING for my attentions, but that would involve moving to Detroit and getting financing for "luxury condos" within the city.
 
2014-08-19 05:25:53 PM  

darkman2000: A large house for a wealthy person only made sense in a certain period of history when that large house was the only place to stay if you were traveling.  As time went on and society became more stratified then the wealthy and royalty would need a place to stay.  So you basically had to own/reside in a hotel and be ready for the Queen to show up...just in case.  Why people feel the need to mimic that today just seems ridiculously ignorant.


Another reason never to own a couch - there's always someone who wants to crash on it "for just a night or so."

mike_d85: I've always wanted to get a huge building and turn it into condos.


I've always looked at old schools with this kind of eye. Any former schools where you live?
 
2014-08-19 09:51:08 PM  

mama2tnt: darkman2000: A large house for a wealthy person only made sense in a certain period of history when that large house was the only place to stay if you were traveling.  As time went on and society became more stratified then the wealthy and royalty would need a place to stay.  So you basically had to own/reside in a hotel and be ready for the Queen to show up...just in case.  Why people feel the need to mimic that today just seems ridiculously ignorant.

Another reason never to own a couch - there's always someone who wants to crash on it "for just a night or so."

mike_d85: I've always wanted to get a huge building and turn it into condos.

I've always looked at old schools with this kind of eye. Any former schools where you live?


There will be in about two years when the new catholic school is built and the 2 old buildings are sold.
 
2014-08-20 12:46:20 AM  

mama2tnt: darkman2000: A large house for a wealthy person only made sense in a certain period of history when that large house was the only place to stay if you were traveling.  As time went on and society became more stratified then the wealthy and royalty would need a place to stay.  So you basically had to own/reside in a hotel and be ready for the Queen to show up...just in case.  Why people feel the need to mimic that today just seems ridiculously ignorant.

Another reason never to own a couch - there's always someone who wants to crash on it "for just a night or so."

mike_d85: I've always wanted to get a huge building and turn it into condos.

I've always looked at old schools with this kind of eye. Any former schools where you live?


Speaking as an architect that's done a large number of remodel projects in the past I'd advise you to look at anything but an abandoned school.  You are almost certainly going to be looking as a major abatement project of both mold and asbestos as well as requiring major renovations for plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems.  Unless the school was built as a shell with non structural partitions inside it's going to require an abnormally large demolition budget for this kind of project.

I'm not saying don't do it but before even taking that first step you'd want to bring in an architect that specializes in this kind of thing.  You won't regret the expense.
 
2014-08-20 01:19:28 AM  

mama2tnt: darkman2000: A large house for a wealthy person only made sense in a certain period of history when that large house was the only place to stay if you were traveling.  As time went on and society became more stratified then the wealthy and royalty would need a place to stay.  So you basically had to own/reside in a hotel and be ready for the Queen to show up...just in case.  Why people feel the need to mimic that today just seems ridiculously ignorant.

Another reason never to own a couch - there's always someone who wants to crash on it "for just a night or so."

mike_d85: I've always wanted to get a huge building and turn it into condos.

I've always looked at old schools with this kind of eye. Any former schools where you live?


A customer of ours bought a school recently to live in. He and his wife live in the old gymnasium, and plan to consolidate the classrooms into 4 large apartments to rent. I really want to see it. /I think of my elementary school, with the beautiful walnut trim, marble floors, and large solid oak doors with the huge vent windows above...
 
2014-08-20 02:21:14 AM  
"Why it doesn't pay to have a large house. Apparently bigger isn't better. It's just bigger "

Funny that's what all the guys with little dicks say.

Also a bigger house IS better more room and you don't feel like you are in a sardine can trying to put your pants on. Don't believe me try living in japan.
 
2014-08-20 02:37:58 AM  
I CAN'T GET WIFI IN MY KIIIIIIITCHEEEEEEN
 
2014-08-20 10:09:44 AM  
6.) Rain is wet.
 
2014-08-20 11:48:52 AM  
Dafuq?
 
2014-08-20 12:42:50 PM  

Luven: "Why it doesn't pay to have a large house. Apparently bigger isn't better. It's just bigger "

Funny that's what all the guys with little dicks say.

Also a bigger house IS better more room and you don't feel like you are in a sardine can trying to put your pants on. Don't believe me try living in japan.


How much room do you need to put a pair of pants on?
 
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