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Tell me in your opinion what you think of this house? (see details)

Asked by SQUEEKY2 (20663points) August 11th, 2014

Please take a look at this house and give your opinion.
Is it elegant?
Is it too over the top?
Is it too ritzy?
Is it well done?
http://youtu.be/9tx-JG1UYzI
It’s my dad’s final project before he retires, he designed, and built it.

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

That is fucking horrid. I hate it. Sorry, I like things that fit their environment. That doesn’t!

dappled_leaves's avatar

Just realized that it’s your dad’s project.

Let’s just say it’s not to my taste.

talljasperman's avatar

It is too dry. Could use a water fountain and better watered grass. What about mosquitos? Needs laughing kids in a slip and slide and a adult BBQing some steaks. Inside it too crowded with nick knacks and art work. I would like to see it more family friendly. It would be a nightmare to clean all the dust off of everything.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 It doesn’t fit the neighborhood at all, and they are way too close.

dappled_leaves's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 It is too over-the-top, but also the exterior looks like a warehouse, and as @Adirondackwannabe put it, the furnishings and materials do not fit the environment at all. It looks like a very uncomfortable space.

filmfann's avatar

Very nice, though I wish the video showed more house and less view.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@filmfann there is a longer version on YouTube just thought I would post the shorter one, and Thanks.

chyna's avatar

I think it’s pretty.

ragingloli's avatar

Bland, uninspired exterior with a pointless and directionless mix of different window sizes and shapes. Especially the road facing side looks like some 80’s warehouse entrance.
The water facing side looks like an old east German congress centre.
Tacky interior with no consistent theme. A hanging lamp with a starfield case? Really? Disastrous.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@chyna You Southerner’s are weird.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

If all your opinions are true and what you feel there are no wrong answers some may like it others hate it,and no way should anyone be run down for their opinion.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

It harmonizes with the landscape reasonably well.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@SecondHandStoke Thanks for your opinion. ;0)

SecondHandStoke's avatar

That’s saying a lot because the plot is so restrictive. Narrow and flat.

Obviously the water view is of great importance.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

The view and the fact that it is on the water, notice the big doors in the front with a ramp?
That is a boat house that can be accessed from the house,you don’t have to go outside.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

I noticed that. Very nice.

I love the radiused bank of floor to ceiling windows.

anniereborn's avatar

I don’t care for the look of the outside. I do think the inside is pretty though.

ibstubro's avatar

It was your dad’s final design, or final home?

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@ibstubro My Dad has made a living in real estate for the last twenty some years and this was his final project.
And this was his final project before he retires.

snowberry's avatar

It’s unfortunate that the photography sort of emphasized the flat roof, which is not a selling point in areas where you get a lot of snow. I’ve seen a lot of other houses that looked worse, that’s for sure. I’d like to see more yard for entertaining. Looks like all the yard is in the front, and the back butts right up against ocean. That’s nice or a pain, depending on how you want to look at it.

The interior is pretty and I loved the special features like the fireplace in the master bath and the fancy stairway. I didn’t see if they mentioned how big it is, but it looks like it has a lot of square footage. Does it have servant’s quarters?

ucme's avatar

Looks a little like my gardeners tool shed.

AshlynM's avatar

The inside is awesome but I think it has too many windows.

dxs's avatar

I love how many windows there are! Whenever I make buildings, there are always a lot of windows because I love natural light. I don’t care for lavishness, though.

ucme's avatar

I had to hit mute, that muzak was so fucking irritating it uncurled my pubes

Buttonstc's avatar

I like the inside so much more than the outside. The exterior of the building has an industrial look to it from either side. It looks like the type of
buildingyou’d see in an office park. There’s no landscaping. It looks so cold from the outside.

Even painting in warmer colors would improve that
office type look.

What a relief that the inside
actually looks like a home
people would live in.

Pachy's avatar

I love the view but the architectural style, inside and out, isn’t my cup o’ tea.

That said, I respect your dad’s talent and effort.

syz's avatar

The setting is lovely. The interior is nice enough, with same odd design choices. The truly redeeming aspect for the interior is the way the design takes advantage of the view. The exterior is horrible, and I don’t like the lot/landscaping.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@snowberry It is located on Vancouver island they get little to no snow in the winter,but they do get a lot of rain in the winter instead of snow.
They golf all year round on the island.
So the flat roof makes no difference about snow load down on the island.
We are located 300 miles inland from Dad and we only get about 8 inches of snow a year, but half and hour north of us they get 3 feet.

gailcalled's avatar

How much? What’s the square footage?

Who chose that soul-searing music?

It seems incompatible with both the beautiful location and the other homes. Looks like a pseudo-villa in Dubai.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@gailcalled first that isn’t what I asked, two over 5,000 and I don’t care for the music either,third thanks so in your opinion it clashed with the other houses in the area?

gailcalled's avatar

I went back and rechecked the video, which is not very well done, given what I guess the house costs. Disproportionate .5 acre lot and 5000 square feet, and what looks like neighbors really close by. Too many duplicated exterior shots and from what i can tell, no shots of any bedrooms. It seems to loom much higher and broader than the neighbors, but again, hard to tell.

To me it is an overly opulent home that would require a staff to keep it clean. I am still curious about the price. My daughter lives N. of Vancouver and says that the housing prices are dramatically higher than similar ones in the states, or at least in the states that she is familiar with.

Aster's avatar

It looks like a very expensive home but it isn’t to my taste. it looks too industrial on the exterior and too cold on the interior. Plus, it’s on the ocean and I much prefer mountain views.
Still, I think it could fetch a very high price from someone who likes ultra modern. And I do love the windows.

ragingloli's avatar

it would have been better to combine the interior shots with a pimped out 3D visualisation of the outside, instead of the actual footage

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@ragingloli sounds more like your opinion is against the video rather than the house, my father nor I had anything to do with the video.

ragingloli's avatar

@SQUEEKY2
Nope, the house is still hideous.
My point is that a well made 3D Visu can make even the ugliest concrete block look good.

gailcalled's avatar

$3.8 million dollars, 7,744 sq.feet, huge areas of public hallways, and still no shots of any of the 5 bedrooms. http://www.victoriahomes.com/listings/default/1/1579882080/7/

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, not my cuppa tea. I’m more of cozy farm house with a wrap around porch kind of girl. That house is boxy….. but what a view! And I did like that tub with the fireplace thing.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I see what your dad achieved. There isn’t a room in the place that lacks a spectacular ocean view. It’s opulent, but in spite of the other comments here, I think it is it still on the right side of the line separating opulent from garish. I was wondering though, if there are provisions for shuttering all that glass from Pacific storms? The interior spaces are quite open and tastefully appointed. The place is not to my taste, but it is an absolute showpiece, and a
BIG trinket for the well moneyed.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yes, I caught that too. A view from every room!

Nimis's avatar

My first impression is that it was designed by someone who works in construction.

Having been in several of these, they tend to be uninspired giant boxes. Usually lacking a general understanding of proportion and space.

Unfortunately, despite the nice view, this house is not an exception.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Here is the longer version from you tube and it does include the bed rooms…..

http://youtu.be/o_aKj2ajY4g

talljasperman's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 The inside view looks good. I still would worry about enjoying an outdoor patio with mosquitoes. Also I still think It would take a team of servants to constantly clean the dust off of the windows and glass.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, if you can afford 3 million + for a house, I would imagine you could afford live in servants @talljasperman!

JLeslie's avatar

A little too big for retirement in my opinion. The location is very nice, but I would have liked to see more of the house and to have been given some specs like square footage. The decor and cabinetry is not quite my taste, the decor looks a little Italian-esque-American modern to me. Which is not a real style obviously, just my own description. I like modern but it is a little too slick, but not so far off my taste that it would prevent me from appreciating the house nor prevent me from buying if I wanted a house like that and had the money. Since I live in FL all those windows make me think of having to cover them up during a storm. My new house will have lots of windows across the back to, but the house in the video is beyond when it comes to glass. I also think about utility bills, but maybe the temps are mild where the house is. It also was a little closer to the water’s edge than what would make me comfortable.

Dutchess_III's avatar

See Gail’s comment for the specs, @JLeslie

JLeslie's avatar

Is that the total sq. ft. or living space? For me it is too big for retirement either way. If it is total sq. ft, it isn’t too huge otherwise since it has a lot of garages. The location sounds wonderful I love Victoria. I would want a pool. Maybe an indoor pool that had doors that could slide open for an indoor outdoor feel, or an indoor outdoor pool that you can get in the water from inside the house. I like to swim. Unless there is a nearby pool at a gym or club I could use.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I think they only use living space when they list square feet. Like, if you have a full basement, but it isn’t finished, they don’t count that in the square feet.

Well, you have an ocean at your feet! Could swim there.

rojo's avatar

@SQUEEKY2
I like it.
Not my particular style but then it was not built for me. I do like that it is not your typical cookiecutter type even for that price niche.
I especially like the lighting over the dining room table. I question some of the finishes but, again, that is my own taste coloring my judgement.

I like all the glass and the location both in general and where it was situated on the lot, at the edge of the water with a beautiful view.

Kudos to you dad and his interior designer.

JLeslie's avatar

It’s way north in the pacific the water is freezing most likely.

ibstubro's avatar

Out of my league, but I believe the majority of the budget for a new home should be spent on the land. I would prefer a smaller house with some privacy, personally. A $800,000 house on $3 million worth of ‘elbow room’.

talljasperman's avatar

@Dutchess_III Then the defeats having a large private home.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What are you talking about @talljasperman?

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@rojo My Dad did it all inside and out, plus the design of the house itself.

gailcalled's avatar

@SQUEEKY2; Are the floors all marble? There is a high shine on them and a lot of reflection.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@gailcalled yup imported from Colombia south America, Dad didn’t cheap out on anything with this house, did you check the longer version of it on YouTube scroll up a few posts and you will see I posted that link as well.
It shows the bedrooms, each one has it’s own on suite, the walk in closet in the master bed room is just under 400 square feet.

Dutchess_III's avatar

The dang closets are about half of what my entire first home was!

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@Dutchess_III Just the master bedroom has that huge closet the others are just big normal sized closets.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@ibstubro You ever price ocean lots in a nice area, doesn’t matter what country yours or mine your going to pay a high price just for the lot.

JLeslie's avatar

I wanted really big closets in this new house. They’re big, but not big like I wanted. 400 sq. ft. is big! Although, it sounds like it is one closet and not his and hers.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

@JLeslie with a 400 square foot closet ,you really need a his and hers?

JLeslie's avatar

@SQUEEKY2 No. My husband likes having separate closets so I went along with it, but if I had done one closet it would have been around 210 sq ft, which is a nice size, instead I lost about 35 sq ft doing the separate closets. Now, I wish I had done his and hers bathrooms and one closet.

talljasperman's avatar

@Dutchess_III If you have servants then you don’t have privacy… I would like to live in a home where I can walk around commando (naked).

Dutchess_III's avatar

Not with those windows you can’t @talljasperman!

SQUEEKY2's avatar

My step mom does a splendid job of keeping that house clean all by herself without any servants to aid her,so yes the place is big but not so big you can’t maintain it yourself.

gailcalled's avatar

Just damp mopping those acres of marble floors would be daunting plus worrying about how slippery they would be when wet. On a different location it would make a nice conference center.

Gabby101's avatar

I love how the house looks from the water and the views of the lake from the inside.

I was disappointed with the exterior of the house from the front view. The main entrance seems small and out of focus and the windows are random and small. Not enough effort on how the front of the house looks.

The interior wasn’t my taste – too busy and a little dated.

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