Sep 18 2011

Dang! We installed the house upside down AGAIN!

(originally found at


Dang, we installed the house upside down again!

Dang, we installed the house upside down again!



Aug 18 2011

Hello, Packrats Anonymous?

Hi, Packrats Anonymous? We need a little help over here…

Packrats Anonymous?  We've got a problem!

Packrats Anonymous? We’ve got a problem!

(originally found at


Apr 10 2011

We’re big fans of making elements of your house do double duty, but…

(originally found at

Today we have a highly touted LEED Platinum home for your viewing pleasure.

We at Regrettable Homes have been wondering about the arrangement of the porches on this masterpiece.  Not only do both porch roofs appear to slant toward the house instead of carrying water away from it (ostensibly to avoid having an ugly downspout hanging out in mid air, ruining the aesthetics)  – ok, to be fair there may be a gutter running along the outer edge for all the good it’ll do – but what had us wondering most is the arrangement of BBQ grill directly below three vents of unknown origin just below the left side of the porch roof.

What are those vents actually venting?

If these are dryer vents, or bathroom vents, you could end up with barbecue chicken air freshener in the bathroom, or porterhouse-steak-scented pants;


The burgers and sausages on the grill might taste better if they are lightly scented with the fragrance of Bounce or ClingFree, with a light sprinkling of lint.  Or, well, bathroom exhaust.  (We’re also big fans of recycling, but the grill -> bathroom -> grill cycle might take things a little too far).

HGTV home

Lint flavored BBQ, anyone?

We’ve saved your vision by NOT showing you the scorchingly pink bedroom.  You’ll get a preview of it in image 11 at the above link… if you dare to continue to image 13, don’t say you haven’t been warned!

Remind me to find out who their decorator on that room was so I can avoid ever being in the same state.


Apr 1 2011

No Stopping The American Dream

(originally found at: There I Fixed It blog.)

Mar 16 2011

Awesome Electrical “Improvement”

Wow. On a house for sale.


May 26 2009

The rain in planes stays mainly…

… on your porch. Look out! Better hope it’s not a torrential downpour!

Waaaaay back in the old days, archi school used to talk about these things called “drainage planes” and how important they were to get right. Drainage planes help keep water out of your house, so it doesn’t rot and fall down.

For sale: new 4BR hm w/ seasonal outdoor shower by front entrance.

For sale: new 4BR hm w/ seasonal outdoor shower by front entrance.

May 26 2009

Maybe for two different garage bands?

How often have you come home, tired after a long day, only to find no place to park your car? Got an infestation of garage bands taking up your space? Living with someone whose newly-diversified income stream includes a garage sale every weekend? We’ve got a solution all these problems and more right here:

Garages galore

Hey, what is parked behind those doors?

Dec 11 2008

What is “regrettable”?


[ri gret uh buh l]– adjective

causing or deserving regret; unfortunate; deplorable.

Also, re⋅gret⋅a⋅ble.
Origin: 1595–1605; < MF regret(t)able; see REGRET

Related forms:
re⋅gret⋅ta⋅ble⋅ness, noun
re⋅gret⋅ta⋅bly, adverb