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Double-Wide Meets American Gothic

Perplexing design decisions.
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Our Facebook friends wondered, facetiously, if this rural Gothic Revival house had become a drive-through bank. Someone called the addition a “porch-a-potty.” Another said this reminds her of a kind of Mr. Potato Head game for houses—put together in the dark. All agree, it’s just Goth-Awful.

The decisions that wrecked this house’s integrity are obvious: adding a near-windowless boxcar clad in red fake-brick composite shingles; siding the second floor in unfinished boards better suited to a barn; replacing windows with ill-fitting aluminum sash. In short, “Cover up any genuine country character!” says Julia Thomson, who came across this place when she and her husband, Matt, were searching for a property.

(Follow their DIY progress at Julia’s blog, Home on 129 Acres, )

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