Bad design comes in all shapes and sizes. Even if we agree that taste is subjective, we can't help but scratch our heads looking at weird furniture, pointless products or just really, really awful buildings. Sometimes designers can have so many ideas that they end up choosing them all at once. And it shows.

For our entertainment, lots of terrible building examples have been documented on this Twitter account. As the creator said, "I review cheaply designed buildings online. Loves good architecture and loathes walmartification and awful design." From overly busy facades and carpeted pool rooms to doors that lead to nowhere—the list goes on.

Bored Panda has collected some of the worst house design hiccups shared by the account, so keep scrolling, upvote your favorites and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Don Golosso
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Must be Belgium

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The founder of this account describes himself as a Google street-view globetrotter who reviews tasteless buildings online. As stated on the official website, "You can put down a bad book; you can avoid listening to bad music; but you cannot miss the ugly tower block opposite your house". And the worst of the worst examples end up getting posted on this account.

Huge ugly mansions, awful interior design, and walmartification—short for turning something into a Walmart—are just a few things that the curator of the account loathes. And not only the creator but also the people watching. Since joining Twitter in 2019, the account has gained more than 53K followers who enjoy tacky buildings and their interiors being publicly shamed. And awful design definitely deserves it.

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Lyone Fein
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1 month ago

I like it

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How could we define what constitutes "bad architecture"? There are a few basic architectural concepts that explain why some houses just look wrong. We can start by looking at the mass, which is the largest portion of a building: "The primary mass is the largest shape in the building block. The secondary masses are the additional shapes that form the facade of a building." So if there are too many of them, the house has no concept and looks bizarre. Also, buildings need balance. Good-looking houses are usually symmetrical or asymmetrical. Any other way of designing them could result in conflicting rooflines and other architectural elements.

Even though today we have countless tools to make a design work, a few mistakes still end up getting made quite too often. According to Build It, it's not a good idea to save some money on parts of construction that will be difficult to upgrade later, like bricks or roof tiles. Also, employing too many different materials could be one of the reasons a house turns out wrong. It can make it seem overly "busy" and distract from other features.

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boredpanDaman
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1 month ago (edited)

even its caption sounds freaky

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1 month ago

This looks really fun for dressing up in a mermaid costume and crawling/slithering around, but it's not very useful as a shower.

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Another thing to have in mind is the proportions of the house. You should have a well-prepared brief that shows accurate numbers on the amount and size of the rooms. Failing to do that is a pretty classic mistake which "can cause awkward furniture arrangements and wasted space due to circulation paths across a room." Not being able to adapt to the existing landscape is also a common error. Quite too often, people don't think about the impact of the trees or hills to get the best views that the location offers.

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Firstname Lastname
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1 month ago

With the coloring, it almost looks like an award winning sand castle.

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Katie Lutesinger
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1 month ago

Looks like something I built in The Sims 2!

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Moreover, rhythm is one of the most important aspects that define a properly designed house. If the style is inconsistent, if there is no flow throughout the rooms, it can make us feel uncomfortable and annoyed. Since a balanced building is easy to understand and look at, we can immediately detect if something seems off.

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anarkzie
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1 month ago

It looks like that church has a tumor, a modern architecture tumor.

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Dave van Es
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1 month ago

Architect likes bouncy castles?

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Brunettechameleon
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1 month ago

It might be useful for places with heavy snow. It still looks kinda weird though.

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Now that we've established what a bad house looks like, let's see how it affects us as human beings. When you see an example of bad architecture, you feel it. Low ceilings, lack of windows, or dead-end corridors can make your head spin. You might even get a headache and look for the quickest way to get out of that place. BBC Future states that "buildings and cities can affect our mood and well-being, and that specialized cells in the hippocampal region of our brains are attuned to the geometry and arrangement of the spaces we inhabit."

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1 month ago

Boss I think my spirit level's broken

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boredpanDaman
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1 month ago

this one's quite good

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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1 month ago

If the owner likes you, they'll open the right-hand door. If they don't, well, down you go!

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Thanks to modern psychological studies, now we know the kind of urban environments people find stimulating. It seems that city life might be one of the reasons why people are prone to mental illness and stress. Colin Ellard, a researcher at the University of Waterloo in Canada, said, "When we ask people about their stress, they say it’s no big deal yet when we measure their physiology, we discover that their responses are off the charts. The difficulty is that your physiological state is the one that impacts your health."

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Rosemary Probert
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1 month ago

Plenty of balconies to throw yourself off when life gets too much.

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AndyR
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1 month ago

I wouldn't live in a building with cladding after Grenfell Tower.

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BigOrangeTractor
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1 month ago

The top floor went fine and then what?

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One of the most important findings of Ellard's research was that people are strongly affected by building facades: "If the facade is complex and interesting, it affects people in a positive way; negatively if it is simple and monotonous." And it's no surprise when you think about our cities where colorful blocks are constantly getting replaced by dull and cold spaces.

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Not-very-graceful
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1 month ago

Looks like it was a normal house which then got a disease

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Roborowski
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1 month ago

Would be nice if there would be a garden instead of asphalt

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Not-very-graceful
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1 month ago

Is it bad that I actually want this?

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In a previous article, Bored Panda spoke to an expert in urban planning about what separates good and bad building design. According to her, “There are circumstances where the architecture should create a sense of calmness and safety, yet there are instances in which it is not bad if the architecture provokes us and makes us think, ‘Why don't I like the look of this building?’”

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Sarcastic Cow
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1 month ago

Nah, it´s Poland. Castle on home made meth.

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River Webb
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1 month ago

how to appear relatively well off, when in fact you're broke

Otter
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1 month ago

I would love to know the story behind this, and that might be it. Or it might be a "spite house", built to piss off a neighbor...

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Vasana Phong
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1 month ago

Looks more like a prop house for movies, developments under construction ect. ect..

Tiny Dynamine
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1 month ago

Definitely. Especially with the tree right behind it.

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GodintheEther
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1 month ago

This is the Pie House in Deerfield Illinois. Named so because it is wider on one end due to the lot. It's actually about 1,600 square feet and really nice inside.

Lady Laura
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1 month ago

I was going to say the lot size is so small this must have been the only option. Thanks for sharing the backstory. Very interesting

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lara
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1 month ago

Please note that they did not destroy the tree behind the house to make it wider.

M Rosa
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1 month ago

Flat Stanley's house.

Steve Barnett
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1 month ago

Spite house?

Sarcastic Cow
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1 month ago

Potemkin Mansion

Perfumista Perfumista
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1 month ago

To steal from Chas Addams "I get the feeling they're not really people of substance."

BensMom
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1 month ago

*Flatiron.

Octavia Hansen
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1 month ago

This is being built on the installment plan. Add more money, get more house. Should be paid for in another 40 years but you can't move in for another 10. Repainting this thing only takes a couple of hours.

Beta
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1 month ago

It’s great if you’re a paper cutout

Rachel Graham
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1 month ago

970 Chestnut St, Deerfield, IL 60015

redties_and_blackparades
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1 month ago

minecraft house didn't generate correctly

Jennifer Courtemanche
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1 month ago

Flatiron?

Heather Menard
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1 month ago

How do you put any furniture in it?

Viviane
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1 month ago

The owners have had to narrow down their choices.

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Kristin Malliet
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1 month ago

I was hoping to see a trailer parked behind it.

Nancy Lynch
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1 month ago

A spite house.

James Pasquini
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1 month ago

Good for when you need a fake home address.

Bonnie Edwards
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1 month ago

If this is the one I'm thinking of, the neighbour was being a prick, managed to take most of the property through some legal loop-hole, and wanted to buy the remainder - cause what're you gonna do with that tiny bit anyway? This wedge house was built as a stuff-you, and was built tall enough to deliberately block the neighbours view.

Judith Wilson
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1 month ago

I've seen this before. Someone actually lives in that mess

Jane W.
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1 month ago

This doesn't even look one room deep! Is this a movie set?

Janice Fikse
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1 month ago

Flat Stanley must live here.

Cheryl Carter
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1 month ago

This can't be livable! I want to see the inside!

Ellen Lanser
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1 month ago

they live in a tent in the garden, right behind the front door?

Evangeline Valhalla
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1 month ago

It just sold last year I think. It is actually pie slice shaped

xolitaire
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1 month ago

What is this, a garden wall with windows?

Jenifer Riggs
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1 month ago

This must be a movie set, who else would make something like this.

Linny H
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1 month ago

I think this is a Hollywood facade

Izzy Curer
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1 month ago

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Dave Lee
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1 month ago

Flatiron is more to the ooint . .

Nazda Pokmov
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1 month ago

One of the original Potemkin homes????

Hello Here’s My Opinion!!!
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1 month ago

ok remember word girl there's an episode and the monkeys house is low key like this

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1 month ago

wut

Bobbie Meyers
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1 month ago

Do you just side step around and only turn around if you open the front door?

Thomas E S Thomas
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1 month ago

That's a spite house. Somebody wouldn't sell their property to a greedy developer so on the land they could buy they built a view blocking building.

Umi chan
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1 month ago

I have seen some sims builder make this in the sims I wonder this is how they got the idea 🧐

Cassie
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1 month ago

Is it an optical illusion or is the sidewalk wider than the house is deep?

Judith Reilly
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1 month ago

Flatiron, maybe

Lara Verne
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1 month ago

Marco's house.

Mattie
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1 month ago

it looks straight out of a movie set

R Carson
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1 month ago

Ridiculous

Max Thompson
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1 month ago

Nice yard?

Jo Johannsen
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1 month ago

Was there even a point to building this?

Rosemary Probert
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1 month ago

I bet there's a trailer behind this facade.

Sum Guy
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1 month ago

I don't understand why this exist

H Edwards
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1 month ago

I've seen this before, IIRC someone only had a tiny, narrow plot of land to build on and they made this. Some of the rooms look surprisingly normal inside.

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Dominik
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1 month ago

how to meet your city's building requirements when you actually don't

Mewregaurd Hissyfit
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1 month ago

Must belong to one of those anorexic super models.

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Mimi La Souris
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1 month ago

its ugly AND fascinating :D

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Of course, everyone has the right to express themselves when it comes to their private property. “Quirky architecture comes from our innate desire to demonstrate our uniqueness. However, not everyone who has the means has an average taste for aesthetics. Yet, as long as it is for the people who inhabit or use their private space, I mean why not?” she told Bored Panda.

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BigOrangeTractor
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1 month ago

Housezilla, rawr

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Julia Atkinson
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1 month ago

It's a house! It's a bomb shelter! It's a tomb!

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Lyone Fein
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1 month ago

This is not a house. It is an office building: the world headquarters of Longenberger Baskets.

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The urban planning expert was kind enough to give some advice on what good design should feel like: “Firstly, even though I often advocate for unconventionally looking buildings, I do not encourage purposefully provocative architecture. The building should be designed with the intention to accommodate and protect society. It should create a sense of safety but not be boring.”

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Jack Holt
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1 month ago

It's very depressing

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Julia Atkinson
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1 month ago

Proof that money can't buy you taste

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Rosemary Probert
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1 month ago

Looks like they decided to fill in the pool. Or is that a pool cover made to look like grass?

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Architecture should be neither bizarre nor boring, neither ugly nor impractical. It should be good. If you're building a new house, remember that taste is subjective but there's no denying the flaws once you see them.

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Julia Atkinson
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To be fair, they're easily accessible by ladder

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Jo Morris
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1 month ago

This could be a funeral parlour.

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Jack Holt
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1 month ago

I wonder how many tiny houses for the homeless he could've built with all that money. Seems wrong for a preacher to have such an opulent residence when we know it's from his parishoner's tithes.

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Julia Atkinson
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1 month ago

Paint it pink and Barbie would love it

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Andy Acceber
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1 month ago

Some of these look like bad creations from the Sims.

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Carbonel
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Looks like a factory or mill that’s been remodelled as a house but they’ve opted to retain most of the features, or perhaps not finished the remodel. Don’t really see anything wrong with that either way.

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No this isn't medieval times, this is a house.

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River Webb
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1 month ago

when you really hate the sight of other people

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Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

If it has Tacos Supreme I'm good.

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Not-very-graceful
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1 month ago

That's actually cool.

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Sarcastic Cow
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1 month ago

and used plasterboard?

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Katie Lutesinger
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1 month ago

It could work as a themed hotel.

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Tamra Stiffler
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1 month ago

This is hideous.

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SlothyK8
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1 month ago

Looks like it started as a double wide mobile home and just went to hell from there....

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