Judging Homes


I thought this was an interesting contrast, one is vinyl and one is faux stone. The one with stone is really unusual as the stone covers the entire house except for an odd addition up top that seems to be vinyl:


Any fans?

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  • I’m a fan!

  • I just threw up

  • I’m not moved one way or another. I would never put fake stone on my home.

    It mostly just seems unnecessary. Did they think they would be fooling anyone?

  • From the photos the fake stone doesn’t look half bad, but it probably looks fake in real life. It reminds me of one of those old stone farmhouses from the 1700’s in Bucks County PA. I wonder if they were going for the 1700’s duplex look.

  • I think Stan Lee could sue for trademark infringement

  • I’m torn — I can’t decide which one I hate more

  • Oddly enough, I kind of like it!

  • Where were these houses? I really like the yellow/green/red one on the left next to them.

  • The houses are on the north side of Quincy, just west of 5th Street

  • i think they went a little overboard, but it doesn’t look too bad. they should have left the eaves and roof peak clapboard like the bump-out on the third floor.

  • Lots of small, modest side-by-side houses (called twins) in the Philadelphia area have granite facing. It’s gorgeous. It sparkles in the sun, and makes little houses feel like cousins to the big fancy estates with the same stone exteriors. I adored my stone house in Philly.

    That said, this looks fake and poserish, and has none of the charm of the real thing. In this case, I prefer the siding.

  • Geez I like the stone. You people better have really nice clean brickwork on yours

  • I like the house on the right better, mostly b/c of the columns and I hate the door on the stone house.

  • I am in this house right now. It is my friend’s house. It actually looks good from the outside.

    It’s a shame you’re too snarky to come to the fun party we’re having here right now.

    My friend who owns the house points out that the stone facing protects the wood. It is low maintenance and she prefers it to vinyl.

  • @Redhead, I am envious of your friend’s rocking chair.

  • at least the columns are ionic and nor Corinthian. We’ve had an outbreak of corinthians east of the hospitals and your average bungalow isn’t up to that kind of architectural bling.

  • dumb.

  • that’s the real deal, folks. real stone. and the inhabitants are some of the most lovely people you could meet.

  • If the stone facade covers the wood siding that’s a huge problem. It does not protect anything, it merely hides problems. The wood siding and studs will be eaten by termites and the owner will never know it. He will have a leak behind the stone that rots his wood siding and studs and he will never know it.

    Covering up a wood frame house with anything (fake, “real” or vinyl) covers up problems that fester out of sight and costs tens of thousands of dollars when they are finally discovered. Forget about being ugly. It’s not smart and will bite the owner in the ass eventually. It’s not like he can peel back the “real” stone and peak underneath to inspect things periodically. Not to mention the mold he’ll be growing in there if the vapor barrier was installed incorrectly (and most times it is).

    The owners might be the nicest people in the world, but they’re living in a time bomb. They should sell before the stone siding is ten years old and hope the new buyer doesn’t ask for an inspection.

  • @crin: I suspect the house on the left shows the original outer skin of these houses; looks like some kind of asphalt shingle.

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