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If you want something done right, hire a professional. Otherwise, you might end up like the people who everyone is talking about in this Facebook group that’s all about questionable architectural decisions.

You Should Have Hired an Architect brings together people to discuss some of the more ridiculous manifestations of architecture caused by a clear absence of a professional.

And if any of this sounds familiar, it’s because it should as Bored Panda has featured this group not once, but twice.

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This Is How I Solved The Common Bookshelf Corner Problem. It Also Solved The Very Tall Book Problem

This Is How I Solved The Common Bookshelf Corner Problem. It Also Solved The Very Tall Book Problem

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Amsterdam's Homes Adorned With Whimsical Charm, Inspired By Zaandam's Enchanting And Eclectic Dwellings

Amsterdam's Homes Adorned With Whimsical Charm, Inspired By Zaandam's Enchanting And Eclectic Dwellings

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don’t know about the inside but I think it looks cool on the outside

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College House With An Emergency Slide Rather Than Stairs, Haha

College House With An Emergency Slide Rather Than Stairs, Haha

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So, You Should Have Hired an Architect is a Facebook group dedicated to showcasing examples of why it’s a bad idea to skip out on hiring an architect, as seen by the visual content shared in it.

The group also features discussions on topics related to what it means to be an architect in the modern world and what they actually do.

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Average Person: “I Would Like A Useful Handrail To Help Me Safely Navigate The Stairs.” Shanghai Metro: “Go F Yourself.”

Average Person: “I Would Like A Useful Handrail To Help Me Safely Navigate The Stairs.” Shanghai Metro: “Go F Yourself.”

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2 weeks ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Remember those games in takeaways where you had to follow the metal zig-zag with the metal hoop, without touching it? This is the life or death version of that game.

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#6

Why The Tiny Windows And Excessive Stairs?

Why The Tiny Windows And Excessive Stairs?

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is one of the weirdest houses I think I've seen. The dormer without a window really sets it off.

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The group was created by architect Allison B. McKenzie in May of 2021 and has since then blown up with its success. As of this listicle, the group has over 58,000 members who actively contribute.

In our previous listicle, McKenzie explained that the two biggest reasons why ridiculousness happens in architecture in the first place is money and lack of understanding about how much better off they can be with an architect’s touch.

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A Friendly Reminder For When We See Homes With Dust Shelves And Random Windows That You Can Never Reach, There Are People Who Find Use Cases For Them. Wondering How They Clean Up There, Robot Vac?

A Friendly Reminder For When We See Homes With Dust Shelves And Random Windows That You Can Never Reach, There Are People Who Find Use Cases For Them. Wondering How They Clean Up There, Robot Vac?

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Now…who In The World Thought This Carpet Was A Good Idea In This Hotel. We Are Staying At The Ameristar In Kansas City. When The Elevator Door Opened We Seriously Thought It Was A Crime Scene

Now…who In The World Thought This Carpet Was A Good Idea In This Hotel. We Are Staying At The Ameristar In Kansas City. When The Elevator Door Opened We Seriously Thought It Was A Crime Scene

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McKenzie elaborated that architects bring a lot to the project. It’s not just about making a house beautiful and functional—it’s also about making sure it fits into its environment in a sustainable way.

This is besides them making sure you don’t dig yourself into a deep, deep hole of building standard and code violations.

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Another Stair Of The Pointy, Slice-Y Persuasion

Another Stair Of The Pointy, Slice-Y Persuasion

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And while you can risk it and skip out on hiring an architect—there are cases when personal houses turned out to be just fine—the group has ample examples of why it’s probably not worth the risk.

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After all, there is a reason why architects go through years of studies and pass rigorous exams to be able to do what they do in a safe and sustainable manner. Having played the Sims throughout high school, however, does not count.

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Well, They've Certainly Got Me Believing Everything Is Made Of Marble. Either That, Or We're At A Crime Scene. Someone, Please Make It Stop!

Well, They've Certainly Got Me Believing Everything Is Made Of Marble. Either That, Or We're At A Crime Scene. Someone, Please Make It Stop!

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is the worst kitchen I ever seen! Did they come up with this brilliant idea while being high or something? It’s so bad I can’t even look at it. Thought someone was murdered there at first! Straight out of a true crime episode.

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In the most general sense of the concept, architects make problems go away.

For every want and need that you might have with a house comes a non-zero chance of a problem arising. Even more so when you need to translate your vision onto a three-dimensional space measured extremely precisely—and you bet that every nano-measurement counts.

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This Castle In Texas Is Still For Sale If You’re In The Market For A Kingdom

This Castle In Texas Is Still For Sale If You’re In The Market For A Kingdom

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ah yes, a priceless remnant from Texas' rich and colorful medieval history.

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#17

This Bathroom Is In An Old Elevator Shaft. Cool, But No Thanks

This Bathroom Is In An Old Elevator Shaft. Cool, But No Thanks

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#18

Again, With The Excessive Boob Lights

Again, With The Excessive Boob Lights

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An architect might cost you in the beginning, but you will surely end up saving money in the long run. Architects make sure each project is done in the most efficient and economically reasonable way. And it’s not just the early stages of a building that are set—they also future-proof projects by coordinating materials and layouts in the plan in a way that it would last long and would actually be something you could sell in the future if the need arises.

#20

Really Pushing That “Farmhouse” Vibe

Really Pushing That “Farmhouse” Vibe

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Habitat 67 Is A Housing Complex On The Saint Lawrence River In Montreal. Designed By Israeli-Canadian Architect Moshe Safdie, It Originated In His Master's Thesis In Architecture School, And Was Built For The 1967 Canadian World's Fair Called Expo 67. Safdie's Design Opened Up The Traditional High-Rise Apartment Building To Allow Natural Light Into All Four Sides Of A Dwelling And Gave Each Unit An Outdoor Garden Area, Almost Like A Single-Family House In The Sky

Habitat 67 Is A Housing Complex On The Saint Lawrence River In Montreal. Designed By Israeli-Canadian Architect Moshe Safdie, It Originated In His Master's Thesis In Architecture School, And Was Built For The 1967 Canadian World's Fair Called Expo 67. Safdie's Design Opened Up The Traditional High-Rise Apartment Building To Allow Natural Light Into All Four Sides Of A Dwelling And Gave Each Unit An Outdoor Garden Area, Almost Like A Single-Family House In The Sky

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is a brilliant design, but not for Canada. One of the big benefits of apartment buildings is the apartments either side, top and bottom give thermal insulation, from the cold, and a lesser extent the heat. Some of these rooms will be far, far colder than they would have been if they had been built in a conventional way. In warmer countries, this design would work.

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If anything, hiring an architect is just the easier thing to do. Sure, it’ll cost you more, but how much is your peace of mind worth?

It doesn’t take a cost-benefit analysis to know that if you’re trying to draft up a plan all the while working and living your life, plus all of the other engineering and design services that you might want to throw in there and coordinating and administrating absolutely everything—it’s always worth it.

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It’s Funny, But I See So Much Stuff Put Into “Big” Ada Bathrooms That Negate All Of The Accessibility Features

It’s Funny, But I See So Much Stuff Put Into “Big” Ada Bathrooms That Negate All Of The Accessibility Features

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#23

When Hgtv Gets A Hold Of A Historic House. These Are, Indeed, The Same House. Constructed In 1946 On Stage 12 At Universal

When Hgtv Gets A Hold Of A Historic House. These Are, Indeed, The Same House. Constructed In 1946 On Stage 12 At Universal

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#24

Great Example Of When Lipstick On A Pig Doesn’t Work

Great Example Of When Lipstick On A Pig Doesn’t Work

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2 weeks ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Reminds me of Vera Duckworth’s cladding in Coronation Street. Looked much better before

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And besides the architect, there’s a slew of other things to worry about too—your plan has to have the right amount of detail (including structural engineering drawings, survey plans and utilities logistics), having your finances properly sorted so that there's a budget to begin with, selecting the right builder, doing your research and all that jazz.

#25

Turns Out That Partially Filling In Two-Story Foyers Isn’t Great Either

Turns Out That Partially Filling In Two-Story Foyers Isn’t Great Either

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Me: Adds “Dog Stair” To List Of Potential House Features

Me: Adds “Dog Stair” To List Of Potential House Features

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Needless to say, it helps to get all the help you can get. Otherwise, you might end up with a door in the middle of your staircase… or a staircase that doubles as a Home Alone trap… or a house that’s out to get you because of all the architectural nonsense you’ve let yourself get carried away with.

Prompt for an architect, or suffer the consequences of being featured as an example on You Should Have Hired an Architect.

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This Is In One Of The Bathrooms Of An 1840 Almost $2 Million Beautiful Federal Home In Virginia. The Rest Of The House Is Museum Worthy! But This Little Feature Here Has Me Completely Puzzled!

This Is In One Of The Bathrooms Of An 1840 Almost $2 Million Beautiful Federal Home In Virginia. The Rest Of The House Is Museum Worthy! But This Little Feature Here Has Me Completely Puzzled!

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#29

This Door Is Always Open

This Door Is Always Open

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#30

Not Ai- This Is A Very Real House By John Lautner

Not Ai- This Is A Very Real House By John Lautner

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Note: this post originally had 80 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

So, what are your thoughts on any of this? Mayhaps you live in a building that has questionable architectural bends, breaks and bullpies? Share your stories and takes in the comment section below!

Also, share this listicle with your friend! I dare you. Share other similar articles we’ve done too. I double dare you.

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