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Old 10-30-2013, 05:16 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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I want to buy a large piece of land in Northern Virginia with some McMansions on it. You know--lots of gables, siding everywhere, massive garage dominating the front, tiny sliver of a backyard. Then, I will tear down each one of the McMansions. In their place, I will build a low-slung three-bedroom bungalow out of stone, slate, plaster, copper, and reclaimed oak flooring--after which I will plant some extremely fast-growing trees near it. (Perhaps I will get Texas A&M to develop some freak cultivar of eucalyptus that can survive NoVA winters.) The house will have a fantastically huge backyard and will sit far back from the street.

I will then add a permanent covenant preventing in perpetuity its demolition or expansion. Then I'll sell it at market value to a deserving young family of my choosing. And then I'll deduct the massive loss from my taxable income! And I'll donate the McMansions' Hardieplank, OSB pressboard, and Tyvek to some charity for another tax deduction. Which will then allow me to buy and tear down any nearby McMansions that are spoiling the view from the house I just built.

Now that I think about it, this could be the seed of a new nonprofit organization devoted to bringing back tasteful, modest houses that complement nature--affordable housing for middle-income people. And nonprofits aren't taxed, of course. But just to be sure: I think God himself is telling me to do this. So my new nonprofit will actually be a new religion. And we all know you can't tax those.

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Old 10-31-2013, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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I want to buy a large piece of land in Northern Virginia with some McMansions on it. You know--lots of gables, siding everywhere, massive garage dominating the front, tiny sliver of a backyard. Then, I will tear down each one of the McMansions. In their place, I will build a low-slung three-bedroom bungalow out of stone, slate, plaster, copper, and reclaimed oak flooring--after which I will plant some extremely fast-growing trees near it. (Perhaps I will get Texas A&M to develop some freak cultivar of eucalyptus that can survive NoVA winters.) The house will have a fantastically huge backyard and will sit far back from the street.

I will then add a permanent covenant preventing in perpetuity its demolition or expansion. Then I'll sell it at market value to a deserving young family of my choosing. And then I'll deduct the massive loss from my taxable income! And I'll donate the McMansions' Hardieplank, OSB pressboard, and Tyvek to some charity for another tax deduction. Which will then allow me to buy and tear down any nearby McMansions that are spoiling the view from the house I just built.

Now that I think about it, this could be the seed of a new nonprofit organization devoted to bringing back tasteful, modest houses that complement nature--affordable housing for middle-income people. And nonprofits aren't taxed, of course. But just to be sure: I think God himself is telling me to do this. So my new nonprofit will actually be a new religion. And we all know you can't tax those.
Haha, love it. I disagree with you on so many things on a fairly frequent basis but on this one spot on
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:24 AM
 
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I like the sound of your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:26 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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...I like it...
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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How much is this project going to cost, I wonder?
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:04 AM
 
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Lol. That'd be awesome
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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I have some linoleum and Formica to donate...
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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...actually, I'm lying- I'm still using it in my kitchen, sorry!
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Ormond Beach, FL
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Lol, great idea. You need a name for it demansionizing or something like that. Start a movement, but I think this thread might get moved to the Detroit forum.
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:53 AM
 
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I'll probably buy one of the lots for a tear-down when you finish
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