Reddit user u/wazzel2u recently asked, "What is a terrible trend found in new home design?" and the masses found a lot of answers to agree on.
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Here's what they had to say:
"No door between the master bedroom and master bathroom. It’s so annoying. The last three houses I’ve lived in have had this issue. I like to be able to close the door when I take a bath or shower."
People on the Netflix reality show Instant Hotel had similar complaints about the top-rated home in Season 2.
User u/02K30C1 said the same thing, but in a less polite way: "Open concept bathrooms. I don’t need to see you taking a dump from my bed."
Yeah, can't argue with that.
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"Lack of storage space. Just bought a new home and didn’t realize how little space there was. We have one storage closet upstairs. That’s it."
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So true. These days, a linen closet is a rare find, especially in NYC apartments.
"Hollow interior doors that don't keep sound out from within the house and hallways — especially hollow bedroom doors when you're trying to sleep."
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Oof. Another major city apartment building problem!
"Bedrooms that are only juuuuust big enough for a double or queen bed and a nightstand."
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Yes! Did all of these commenters team up just to talk about my apartment woes?
"Most sinks are absolutely terrible. Looking better is nice, but not at the expense of hitting your hand on the bowl every time you wash your hands."
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"The lack of secret bookshelf doors. I mean, who designs their custom home and does not include a bookshelf secret door? People design houses for a reason, and that reason should be secret doors."
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"I really don’t like the fireplace design where you are intended to put your TV over it. A TV is way too high when over the fireplace."
This was a popular one.
"TV over fireplace. I refuse to have a place where this is expected or the only option. I love my gas fireplace and run it six months a year. I would cook a TV if mounted to the mantel. Also, its awful aesthetics. I can't stand it."
"I hate the design of homes that have a massive garage in the front; 'Welcome to my garage — the home is in the back.'"
"I don't know if it's new new, but it drives me crazy when people replace cabinetry with open shelves. Don't people understand dust? Bugs ring a bell? Pet hair? Speaking of pets, how do you keep your cats from messing around with that setup?"
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"Big showers but no bathtub. Grayish-colored floors. Shelves instead of upper cabinets."
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"Kitchens that they cram into a narrow rectangle. A lot of apartments and town houses come with these. They are so narrow that if you open the fridge door, nobody can walk past you. A kitchen should be open, not walled in all sides and shaped like a narrow rectangle. It drives me crazy when I see these."
"Gray. Laminate. Floors."
"Painting over bricks. It's just like how people used to put carpet over nice wood hard floors."
Some people got really passionate.
"Why is everything so damn bland? Why are white and gray the popular colors? Whatever happened to color? Why can't we have living rooms wallpapered with big bright flowers, long suede couches in deep fuchsia? And mile-high blue carpets that you sink into when you walk? Whatever happened to walnut paneling and colored subway tile in the bathroom? Whatever happened to delicate stenciled flowers on the inside of the bowl of the bathroom sink? When did we lose our personalities?"
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"Beating minimalism to death with a sledgehammer. Everything being gray/white, even painting over gorgeous natural wood, practically zero color anywhere. Just breaks my heart when they take beautiful vintage homes and renovate them to shit by making everything look so sterile."
This person would hate to see what Molly Mae is planning to do to her bathroom.
Breaks my heart that Molly Mae’s new house has the most beautiful green tiles and she’s going to rip it out for them white ones 😣😣😣
Some people had milder opinions.
"I don’t get why people need a bowl full of ornaments or just shiny balls."
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Best comment goes to u/NotSoGreatOldOne for this one: "Not being able to afford one."
What do you think? Did they leave any really important ones out? What's your most hated new home design trend? Let us know in the comments!
Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.