Posts Tagged: spite houses

This Blog Guilty of a 'Tiny Home Fetish'

There’s also the “small-house movement”, a Whole Earth Catalog-style spin-off that posits the home as a crunchy, anti-consumerist statement, both in terms of space and resources saved and how living in compact surroundings can discourage excess consumption. Small Houses are typically self-builds, rich in craft and personal detailing, about as ideologically detached from the anonymous off-the-shelf homogeneity of the developer’s tract home as it’s possible to be. They’re also individualist and isolationist, frequently depicted as solitary human creations amidst great wilderness plots. The pared down off-the-grid small scale living of the small house movement is a form of utopianism, a Walden­-esque return to nature. Cabin Porn, like Shelter Porn before it, [...]


Eight Tiny Houses Built of Spite

Spite house: "A building constructed or modified to irritate neighbors." [Thanks, Kirsten!]


Spite Houses, Ranked by Spite-ness

A spite house is a house built for the express purpose of pissing someone else off. Personal comfort, adequate living space, and compliance with local zoning laws all come second to this all-important goal. Spite houses come in all shapes and sizes, but the best are absurdly small and very angry indeed. Here are a few of my favorites, ranked from least- to most-spiteful.

The Montlake Spite House, Seattle

The Story: You have options here. EITHER the house was a result of a divorce settlement in which the husband got the [large, non-spiteful house] and the wife got the front yard and decided to use it, dammit—OR, the [...]


Tiny Spite House Sells

The Montlake Spite House in Seattle, a building constructed to piss off a neighbor in a land dispute, just sold, and you can see what it looks like here. (This post goes out to two Ediths.) [Yahoo, Quirksee]