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Category Archive:   A Field Guide to Ugly Houses


It can be hard to decide – this or that, one or two, artisan whole wheat or quinoa spelt (hey, I live in Boulder).  Hopefully there is not a lot riding on those decisions and a mistake can be revisisted or disguised as toast.  A house it not such an easy fix. I am not […]

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I’m hesitant to even include this category because it seems so mean-spirited.  Gilding the Lily is house-proud gone awry from too much love.  It is  simple said, too much of a good thing.  When I look at these houses I want to go up to them and just snap a few things off, a corbel […]

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Of the many types of ugly that inflict the American house, Ugly by Design, although not the most pervasive, it is certainly the most offensive.  These houses clearly fall into the “what were they thinking” category of a design idea gone wrong. Sometimes Ugly by Design is the result of a once-interesting and innovative design […]

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I look at a lot of ugly houses.  No one who has a really beautiful house needs my help as an architect – they are willing to live with a too small house or a dysfunctional house because it is so well-suited to its site and well-composed.  No, as about half my work is in […]

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