People with Big Houses

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 5:03 AM GMT
    Now I'm no country bumpkin, and my father owned his own business and built the house I grew up in. But what's going on with these couples who have huge houses for just two people? Got invited to someone's house tonight and there were like twenty rooms. Everywhere you turned there was another den or living room or spare room or guest room, and every one of those rooms had at least a 32" wide screen TV. Who needs all of that? It's almost like they're trying to fill some kind of void. Can you imagine how much of your life you'd waste just getting to the rooms you need to get to.

    My place you can get anywhere within twenty steps (mostly less). I just don't get it.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 5:10 AM GMT

    The house I grew up in had 11 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.... BUT, my mom and dad had seven kids. It is said that every time they had a baby, my dad went out and bought a bigger house...icon_lol.gif
    I'm the youngest...so, by the time I was born, my mom and dad slept of separate floors. Guess the finally figured out why they had so many kids..icon_lol.gif
    By the time I was 16, it was only mom and I living it the house...so, my older brothers and sisters decided it was time to sell. DAMN THEM!!! ..icon_twisted.gif
    What I wouldn't give to have that house today...all to myself!!!!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 5:11 AM GMT
    I fly over mansions every fucking day. The more I see them, the more I feel they ARE within my financial reach someday.

    The advantage of having a big house (to me) would be the social status associated with it, which in turn yields more high profile clients, which in turn yields a higher income.

    In the end, it's really more about what a person wants out of life. Some like to keep it simple. Some like to go as far as they can before they croak. I'm slowly shifting from the first group to the second.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 5:46 AM GMT
    Paul, you mean it's about acquisitions rather than ability or talent? icon_wink.gif

    "The advantage of having a big house (to me) would be the social status associated with it, which in turn yields more high profile clients, which in turn yields a higher income."

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 5:49 AM GMT
    meninlove said Paul, you mean it's about acquisitions rather than ability or talent? icon_wink.gif

    "The advantage of having a big house (to me) would be the social status associated with it, which in turn yields more high profile clients, which in turn yields a higher income."

    It's about who you know...and you won't know the right people until you can identify with them. icon_wink.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 11:53 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    meninlove said Paul, you mean it's about acquisitions rather than ability or talent? icon_wink.gif

    "The advantage of having a big house (to me) would be the social status associated with it, which in turn yields more high profile clients, which in turn yields a higher income."

    It's about who you know...and you won't know the right people until you can identify with them. icon_wink.gif


    Lord.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 11:57 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    meninlove said Paul, you mean it's about acquisitions rather than ability or talent? icon_wink.gif

    "The advantage of having a big house (to me) would be the social status associated with it, which in turn yields more high profile clients, which in turn yields a higher income."

    It's about who you know...and you won't know the right people until you can identify with them. icon_wink.gif


    I agree
    But for the 2 of us the 2200 square foot bungalow is just fine. Wouldn't want to keep up anything bigger, that's alot of work.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 12:03 PM GMT
    S60turbo said
    paulflexes said
    meninlove said Paul, you mean it's about acquisitions rather than ability or talent? icon_wink.gif

    "The advantage of having a big house (to me) would be the social status associated with it, which in turn yields more high profile clients, which in turn yields a higher income."

    It's about who you know...and you won't know the right people until you can identify with them. icon_wink.gif


    I agree
    But for the 2 of us the 2200 square foot bungalow is just fine. Wouldn't want to keep up anything bigger, that's alot of work.


    That's almost double what you need.
  • cageym

    Posts: 99

    Aug 13, 2011 12:25 PM GMT
    When folks have inquired about whether I want a house larger than the Cape Cod in which I live I have to wonder why. I only live in a fraction of the space I have. Beyond that I'm just heating and cooling places to store stuff.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 1:03 PM GMT
    S60turbo said
    paulflexes said
    meninlove said Paul, you mean it's about acquisitions rather than ability or talent? icon_wink.gif

    "The advantage of having a big house (to me) would be the social status associated with it, which in turn yields more high profile clients, which in turn yields a higher income."

    It's about who you know...and you won't know the right people until you can identify with them. icon_wink.gif


    I agree
    But for the 2 of us the 2200 square foot bungalow is just fine. Wouldn't want to keep up anything bigger, that's alot of work.
    That's what hired whores help is for. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 1:29 PM GMT
    Don't knock having a big house

    My parents HATE, I mean absolutly CAN'T Stand the sight of each other. If they collide in the kitchen, my step mother will ask can my farther to move the car becaus they're preening the hedge, And he'll call her a stupid bitch and tell her to fuck off and the next thing she's crying, saying marrying him ruined her life, and throws a plate across the room

    You have no idea how having 20,000 square feet of space to hide in helps. the chance of them meeting each other decease exponentially as the sq footage increases


    The worse the relationship the more space a modern family needs
  • HndsmKansan

    Posts: 16311

    Aug 13, 2011 1:31 PM GMT
    I think it's mostly about appearances and social standing, but there are some that need a larger place to accomodate possessions. It also depends on your definition of a "big house". My home is about 2,500 sq feet, 3 car garage and I certainly don't have a big house.

    I'd rather have an upgraded home than some 5,000 sq foot place. Too much effort to keep up.
  • HndsmKansan

    Posts: 16311

    Aug 13, 2011 1:33 PM GMT
    MsclDrew saidDon't knock having a big house

    My parents HATE, I mean absolutly CAN'T Stand the sight of each other.


    The worse the relationship the more space a modern family needs



    Pretty sad Drew, but who knows!
  • conservativej...

    Posts: 2465

    Aug 13, 2011 1:36 PM GMT
    Does your perception of how much living space one requires also include the hanger? I'd hate to have birds poop all over an airfoil.

    icon_razz.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 1:44 PM GMT
    I'm not one who needs a ton of space. I think I'd want my house to be appropriately sized for me, my future spouse, and any kids I do have. But more than that, I want a condo in a nice city, and maybe a beach house. So maybe the combined space would be a lot. icon_lol.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 1:51 PM GMT
    I'd rather have nice condo than own a house. I can just lock up my place and head off somewhere nice.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 1:57 PM GMT
    Definitely not a big fan of oversized housing, particularly those crap David Weekley style McMansions that popped up everywhere in the mid 1990s and beyond that were practically distanced doorknob-to-doorknob to each other to give pretentious young middle-class families the impression that they were living life large....

    Costs too much to heat, and the tax man in NY is fuckin' merciless.

    Most of my need for space is connected to the crap I've accumulated.

    So I could make do with around 2000 to about 2500 s.f. -- anything beyond that would be wasted unless it was garage or shed space.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 2:20 PM GMT
    It's all relative. A McMansion for two people does seem a bit excessive, though.

    I grew up in a 3,500 square foot house that my parents built. There was also a detached three car garage with machine shop, a 2,000 square foot storage shed that had separate rooms for deep freezes, a double insulated room for home canned goods and spud cellar and lots of room for general storage. There was a also a pump house for the well that had enough room to store garden equipment, lawn mowers, big rototillers and other stuff.

    That may seem extravagent to some, but keep in mind that at the time it wasn't in many rural areas. It was all built for under $30,000 in the late 70's using only family labor and no contractors. It was a farming community and the tradition was that you had a big house for a big family to work your farm.

  • Import

    Posts: 7190

    Aug 13, 2011 2:22 PM GMT
    my parenst live in a 5 bedroom mcMansion on 1 acre and its just the two of them. . .

    if you've got it, flaunt it...
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 2:29 PM GMT
    Import saidmy parenst live in a 5 bedroom mcMansion on 1 acre and its just the two of them. . .

    if you've got it, flaunt it...

    Agree. Don't believe in being ostentatious or advertising about where I live, but there has become a PC disease sweeping the country that we shouldn't look or shouldn't be too far from average.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 2:35 PM GMT
    I love the people in the big houses because I know they are paying a lot of municipal property taxes for the luxury of each extra square foot of living space. And those homes are often beautiful, so I appreciate the aesthetic benefit enjoyed by the public. There is considerable good to the community by such homes.


  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 2:41 PM GMT
    I prefer to live simply. Small, quaint, and simple is more my style. Why have more than you need? Seems like people who live in excess are trying to fill a void in their lives with material things that they cant fill with something substantive and meaningful . Quite pretentious and sad. But keeps Wellbutrin and Zoloft flying off the shelves. icon_lol.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 2:50 PM GMT
    I personally never wanted a huge house. When i went to Europe for the first time at 16, I loved all the small cars and cute beautiful house. They are so cozy and intimate.

    We now live in the Hollywood hills in a 1300 square foot house with amazing views with a great garden. It reminds me of Italy in Tuscany. It is just beautiful to see it all lit up at night.

    I also drive a little Audi A3 just like the little cars in Europe.

    I think Americans can learn that bigger is not always better. Simple, romantic, intimate and charming details are key.

    Big obnoxious Hummer trucks(dead brand now icon_biggrin.gif) super sized houses, blingy jewelry is tacky and usually all to American.
  • Import

    Posts: 7190

    Aug 13, 2011 3:07 PM GMT
    KaliforniaCool saidI personally never wanted a huge house. When i went to Europe for the first time at 16, I loved all the small cars and cute beautiful house. They are so cozy and intimate.

    We now live in the Hollywood hills in a 1300 square foot house with amazing views with a great garden. It reminds me of Italy in Tuscany. It is just beautiful to see it all lit up at night.

    I also drive a little Audi A3 just like the little cars in Europe.

    I think Americans can learn that bigger is not always better. Simple, romantic, intimate and charming details are key.

    Big obnoxious Hummer trucks(dead brand now icon_biggrin.gif) super sized houses, blingy jewelry is tacky and usually all to American.


    omg, you're so european!!! and like u sooo just get it.

    ugh, stupid americans should just die already. !!! icon_lol.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 13, 2011 3:07 PM GMT
    I think it depends on whether or not people have a void to fill in their lives. At one point in time I myself wanted to have a lot of things because I tried over-compensating for lack of appreciation of myself.

    At the same time though, it is going to be a practical move if let's say they want to open Jane Addam's Hull House...