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Old 02-08-2019, 10:36 AM
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I think many like this modern look, but builders are still building them BIG to maximize the profits. I wonder if some are being purchased because there are no other options if one wants a house that looks modern both with the exterior and interior. Those 2 that I posted were built upon land that previously had older houses that was demolished for the new builds.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:40 AM
Location: North Idaho
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I see some custom houses in an expensive town in Central Oregon being built as the modern square boxes with flat roofs. They are in expensive neighborhoods so I wouldn't call them a Mc Anything. The McMansions are big houses with fancy finish over low end construction. These appear to be well built.

The thing that I see when I look at them is that they will become dated very quickly. That's a lot of money to put into something that will go out of style soon.

They look like small commercial buildings. Most of them would be fine for a doctor's office or a stock brokerage, or fitted into a shopping mall.
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:30 PM
Location: Phoenix
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I love modern design homes. I wish I can convert my house into one.
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Old 02-08-2019, 01:40 PM
Location: Ohio
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Originally Posted by leastprime View Post
You can build a snowman or build a sledding ramp on a flat roof. ... as some kids with parents did on our condo's roof.
No thanks.

I have been a homeowner since 1983 and I would never buy a home with a flat roof.

Properly maintaining a home is challenging enough without going out looking for a home with a trouble prone $$$$ design like a flat roof.


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Old 02-08-2019, 01:46 PM
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Best way to deal with a flat roof is to avoid it. Go around to large commercial buildings during a real heavy rain (Home Depot, grocery stores, Wal mart, etc.) and I guarantee you that if you visit five such buildings you will see at least two with plastic buckets catching drips from roof leaks.

Do not sign up to live in something like this unless you live in a true desert.
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Old 02-08-2019, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by safak View Post
I for one would much prefer a McRowhome in the city, a 50's style McCapeCod, or even a 80's era McSplitEntry over one of those cookie cutter McMansions.
Totally agree. My issue with McMansions is that they often try to cram conflicting design elements into one house. I know the term is based on their size, not their style, but I definitely prefer a more cohesive design to what you usually see with McMansions.

I'm with others who have passed on the flat roof, but I will say that the McModern is something I'm seeing more lately in Oregon, though the McCraftsman is still in the lead.

Personally, I like a neighborhood with older homes just because I couldn't live on a lot under 5,000 square feet and I don't want my house to look exactly like my neighbors' houses, so a Mc-anything is going to turn me off.
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Old 02-08-2019, 02:07 PM
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This is what I have also been noticing my area. They would break down a single family home and build a duplex. Gives the smaller space that some may want, with the profit margins the same for the builder when both are sold.

They also built this house recently not far from me - https://www.google.com/maps/place/25...!4d-73.9743481

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Old 02-08-2019, 02:11 PM
Location: San Ramon, Seattle, Anchorage, Reykjavik
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Originally Posted by Annie53 View Post
Nothing practical about flat roofs if you live where it snows.
The roofs in these houses are typically engineered for the snow load so structurally no issue (similar to commercial buildings). But if you don't regularly maintain the roof drains you'll have a mess.
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Old 02-08-2019, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by sonnymarkjiz View Post
Honestly, I don't see a difference between a McModern and a McMansion. Moderns just have flatter and boxier designs (didn't this style originate in the 60's, though?).

I'm a millennial though and I could go either McModern or McMansion.

I also think articles like this are silly because the oldest millennial's are in their mid-30s? The only reason why I'd want a SF house that's 3500+ SF is if I have 3-4 kids who were teenagers, but that wouldn't even happen until I'm in my late 40's at the earliest, so whenever I see articles wondering why millenials aren't buying bigger houses....that's the main reason why. For most younger couples, a townhouse or a condo will suit just fine for now.

Pretty soon, we'll see articles being like 'Why are generation Z not buying homes?"....cause...they're 22 at the oldest?

The Eichler Mid Century Modern stuff started right after WW II so late-1940s. The difference is those houses were typically quite small. 1,500 square feet and lots of examples smaller than that.

I'd love to own a MCM house built with 2019 technology so the thermal envelope is efficient and 1500 square feet is plenty since I don't have children where I'd want to stash them out of sight most of the time. I'd have a huge battle over furniture since my girlfriend would want to use period-appropriate stuff that is incredibly uncomfortable. I'd at least have to hold out for bringing in one of my Ekornes Stressless chairs.
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Old 02-08-2019, 03:07 PM
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I'm starting to like some of these modern homes the more I google them
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