Entries Tagged as 'Hall of Shame - Dumb'

Cockamamie Guest House Design

February 11th, 2014 · 12 Comments

We have a new member for our Hall of Shame, in the Dumb division.  This is a guest house.  Brand-new remodel.  Which meant plenty of time to plan it out.  However, let’s take a closer look at their design and execution.

The guest house has a new bathroom.  Looks nice, right?  But what’s missing?  Privacy walls, for one.  And no cabinet space.  Where do you put your toiletries?  Was the pedestal sink an afterthought, because the water suppy lines are spaced so wide apart and now you see them every day.

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This bathroom is approximately 10 feet by 7.5 feet.  All that space and yet such a tiny shower?  And again, no walls.  Let’s say you add a wall along the edge of the tile.  Look straight up.  There’s a ventilation intake vent!  Oops.  Can’t put a wall there.  Now what?  A half wall?

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Lots of light comes in through the three French doors.  Sounds great.  However, there’s that privacy issue again with the bathroom.  So why not put curtains up?  Well, the doors have to open against the curtains.  Then blinds will have to do.  Can you imagine closing the blinds every time you had to pee or change clothes?

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Do you put a bed in the right corner?  And a sofa in front of the shower & toilet?

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Tags: Bathroom · Remodeling · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Phoenix Homes · Hall of Shame - Dumb

Neat Idea In Concept - Bad Idea In Practice

March 29th, 2011 · 9 Comments

People and their clever ideas.  Too bad they don’t stop to consider reality.  For example, this Glendale, Arizona owner added nice looking barn doors to his kitchen.  So far, so good.

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But…the doors are for the refrigerator and the pantry.  So EVERY TIME you want something from the refrigerator, you have to open the barn door plus the frig’s door.  How many days would it take for that to get old?  You’d end up leaving the barn door open all the time.

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Tags: Kitchen · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Glendale, AZ Homes · Hall of Shame - Dumb

Worst What Were They Thinking Photo Winner

March 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Best Worst What Were They Thinking Photo:  FLY STRIP

Our big winner of the Worst “What Were They Thinking?” Real Estate Photo contest truly is a head scratcher.  Why would the seller of this home use a close-up photo of a fly strip to promote the sale of his home?  What message does it send to buyers?

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Thanks, everyone, for voting!

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Tags: What Were They Thinking?!?! · Phoenix Homes · Hall of Shame - Dumb · Worst Of

Cody Welcomes You

November 1st, 2010 · 12 Comments

The caption for this Sun City West home’s photo is, seriously, “Cody welcomes you.”  Why is a ventriloquist dummy used to promote this home?  To cover up the ugly chair?  The weird things sellers do sometimes.  Well, at least it isn’t a Chucky doll!!  “Buy this house or I’ll kill you.”

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Tags: Dolls · Other Arizona Cities · Ugly Couches/Chairs · Hall of Shame - Dumb

99 Hats On the Ceiling

August 12th, 2010 · 10 Comments

This game room is the seller’s way to reinventing the song “99 Bottles of Beer On the Wall.”  Here we have 99 ball caps on the ceiling.  Over 250 hats?

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The seller offered to sell all of the hats and fixtures to the buyer for $1,800.  How about the buyer paying the seller $20 to remove it all?

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Tags: Staging · Clutter · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Phoenix Homes · Collections · Ceiling · Hall of Shame - Dumb

Damp Dumb Dump - part 3 of 3

January 27th, 2010 · 8 Comments

More evidence that the previous owners lived in the house under the horrible conditions of extensive roof leaks, water leaks, and bad remodeling jobs:  this is a craft project that took a long time to create.  It’s in the corner of an enclosed carport.  This is what happens when you lose your marbles; you glue the marbles to the wall!

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Another view of this delightful art project.

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He/she painted the ceiling.

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Oh, look, more ceiling paint!

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Sponge paint in the living room.

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Rag rolled paint in a bedroom.  Lovely, huh?

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Tags: What Were They Thinking?!?! · Phoenix Homes · Ugly Décor · Faux Paint & Murals · Hall of Shame - Dumb · Art

Really Stupid Air Conditioning Ductwork

August 10th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Three Phoenix homes with ridiculously stupid do-it-yourself air conditioning ductwork.  No professional heating & cooling company would have done this.

House #1:  I previewed a house and then saw the neighbor’s house with their cockamamie exposed air conditioning vents.  Oh, it’s only 109 degrees in Phoenix.  That shouldn’t affect the cold air blowing through these metal vents, right?

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House #2:  I’m still shaking my head at how dumb this is.  This is a foreclosure home going for $47,500.  The previous owners paid $203,000 for it in August 2006 and then proceeded to make their mark.  They enclosed the patio and made it into three little rooms.  Well, these West-facing rooms get hot and there is no attic space.  So they added air conditioning ductwork along the ceiling.  Here’s the first room.

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The second room gets the dumb award of the month.  They cut holes in the ductwork to cool the room!  Unbelievable.  The ductwork ended at the beginning of the third room.

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House #3:  I shake my head a lot when I visit homes like this.  Someone decided to remove the flat ceiling to create a vaulted ceiling look throughout the house.  But they left the air conditioning ductwork as before.  Now it’s all you notice in the house.  This is the dining room.  Guests get to look at this while they eat.

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The view from the living room.  The kitchen’s on the other side of the latticework.  They paid $186,500 for the house in August 2007.  The bank’s selling it now for $54,900.

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Tags: What Were They Thinking?!?! · Phoenix Homes · Hall of Shame - Dumb

Remember the Alamo Amusement Park

August 8th, 2009 · 15 Comments

This Phoenix, Arizona home doubles as a new amusement park called “Remember the Alamo.”  Here’s the front entrance with the ticket counter.  Buy this home and pay off your mortgage by charging admission.

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In all seriousness, the photo caption reads, “Fountain & Pass-Thru Window.”  Yep, they built a water fountain into the wall.  That’s worth the price of admission right there!

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They continued the insane madness to the rest of the back yard.

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How many hours were wasted spent on this stupid project?

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In the kitchen, they tiled up the wall.

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Tags: What Were They Thinking?!?! · Patio · Phoenix Homes · Back Yard · Hall of Shame - Dumb

Finger Painting Gone Horribly Wrong

July 11th, 2009 · 15 Comments

Ugliest faux paint ever?  Let’s check the mental health of the “artist” who finger-painted this home.  Hopefully that is paint on the walls and not feces.  Can you imagine the first thing buyers say when they walk in this house?

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ugly gross finger paint faux painting wall living room bad MLS photos Phoenix home house

They used window shutters as closet doors.

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Tags: Bedroom · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Phoenix Homes · Faux Paint & Murals · Hall of Shame - Dumb

Bad To the Stone

May 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

What was going on in the mind of the person who created this mess?  Crazy bathroom remodel.  1980s brass light.  No mirror above the sink?

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Tags: Bathroom · Remodeling · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Phoenix Homes · Hall of Shame - Dumb