“EH, CLOSE ENOUGH!” INSTAGRAM’S FUNNIEST CONSTRUCTION FAILS

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When I was growing up, my father insisted on doing all the house repairs and upgrades himself.  “How hard can it be?”  He would ask, and hours later he’d be nursing a mild electrical burn while my mom looked through the yellow pages for a legit contractor.  The house I grew up in was filled with light switches you had to wiggle as you turned on, lumpy, rippled wall-to-wall carpeting, and doors that opened the wrong way.  (The door of my bedroom closet opened into the closet.) “EH, CLOSE ENOUGH!” INSTAGRAM’S FUNNIEST CONSTRUCTION FAILS

DC DEVELOPMENT(S): MIDTOWN CENTER

We’re getting to the point in winter where, every once in a while, out of the blue, will come a sunny day that almost coerces you into believing that the worst is over; Spring has sprung. And while we’re not there yet (curse that little groundhog), there’s still enough construction happening around the District to give us all hope that it won’t be all February-ish forever. And, for now, I’ll take that (though I must admit I prefer chirping birds to jackhammers). While there are many projects that are trudging full-force through winter, there are definitely some especially monstrous ones making strides in the midst of the coldest months. One of those projects is Midtown Center. DC DEVELOPMENT(S): MIDTOWN CENTER

YOU CAN BUILD A HOUSE OUT OF *WHAT*?

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Container houses are literally made of trash, you know – the steel containers, most of which originate in China, just aren’t cost-effective to ship back and reuse, so thousands of discarded ones began piling up around port towns.  One day, someone looked at one and said, “I should make this into a house.”  That’s where so many things came from;  someone looked at a piece of trash and said to themselves, “I can work with this.”  (I mean, that’s how most of my relationships started, too.) YOU CAN BUILD A HOUSE OUT OF *WHAT*?

THESE “SPITE HOUSES” ARE MONUMENTS TO THE DEPTHS OF HUMAN PETTINESS

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Whoever came up with the economic law that people always make rational decisions clearly never saw a spite house.  (Someone actually won a Nobel for disproving that law.)  A spite house is a structure that’s built for the sole purpose of annoying someone, usually by blocking a view or access.  As a phenomenon, the spite house dates back to at least the early 18th century, when the youngest of three brothers in Massachusetts, angry about his share of the inheritance, built a tiny wedge-shaped house in front of the family mansion, just to ruin their view.  It didn’t get him into the will, but I bet it made him feel better.  Spite houses have been around for centuries and can be found in every part of the world, thus proving that if there’s a universal sentiment, it’s probably not love – it’s probably spite. THESE “SPITE HOUSES” ARE MONUMENTS TO THE DEPTHS OF HUMAN PETTINESS