Beware the Giant Strawberries

Whether or not building is your ultimate goal, it is important that you are aware of and avoid giant strawberries.

An actual giant strawberry is too large, often contorted or stretched looking, and devoid of flavor and color on the inside.

In real-estate terms, a giant strawberry is a house that is big for the sake of bigness with little attention to detail or usability.  Cavernous rooms, tiny windows, and ill-conceived layouts are hallmarks of a house that was built simply to satisfy a requirement for X number of rooms and Y square feet. It is different from a McMansion in that it does not attempt to be particularly fancy–it’s big for the sake of being big.

Other attributes of a giant strawberry include poor quality materials, redundant rooms (two shared bathrooms within feet of one another), non-functional kitchen layouts, doors that swing into one another, and offices or massive “closets” that can’t be called bedrooms because they don’t have an exterior window for egress.

You may find yourself leafing through hundreds of architectural designs. Be sure you thoroughly examine any design you are considering and don’t just go off of specs and a pencil sketch drawing of the front of the house. Get a good idea of what it will look like from the sides and back, and really imagine yourself walking through it. See this post for more information on visualizing the completed structure.

Photo credit: The Austin Sage, M. Martinez

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s