Ah, the model home. An anchor of suburban communities across the country, the "display home" gives prospective homeowners a life-size mock-up of their dream house. More effective than a scale model or abstract floor plans, the model home is the reusable, neutral canvas that can accomodate the personal vision of every customer.
The subject family (the Bluths) of our favorite sitcom (Arrested Development) live in a model home isolated amid the failed real estate speculation of their family business. Literally an "arrested development," the model home provides the cast with a recurring set while putting a new spin on the quintessential sitcom suburban house. To celebrate the much-anticipated fourth season of the show, we're offering some that we hope were intended to be ironic, but really doubt it.
Photo: Grand Homes [via flickr]
This gem of a model home takes the old proverb "a man's house is his castle" at face value. From the fieldstone appliqué to the defensive, deep-set porch, this house looks positively medieval. And who doesn't love a good polygonal tower?
Photo: Adam Dolch [via flickr]
This lovely residential model sports a curving walkway, connecting the shaded entry way from the ... garage-turned sunroom?
Photo: shanna_schneider [via flickr]
We usually love writing about dreamlike photo series, but this model home takes surreal to a whole new level. Apparently in this suburban community, the sun never goes down. So whether you're an early bird or a night owl, this well-lit house is the home for you!
Photo: Eric Allix Rogers [via flickr]
We've heard of single-family homes with attached garages, but this may be the first garage with an attached single-family home. For the gear-head whose baby isn't of the human variety, this is the ultimate wheelhouse.
Photo: Grand Homes [via flickr]
The flip-flopper's dream-house! For those with chronic indecision, this house has it all! Brick AND stone, gabled AND hip roofs, and more angles than we can even process.
Photo: Larah McElroy [via flickr]
If an Italianate portico tower, copious fan lights, and decorative mosaic panels don't convince you that you've made it, we're not sure anything will.
Photo: Dean Terry [via flickr]
Now that's a portico! The, erm, exuberant addition of a monumental arched porch really dresses up this show-stopper! If you're concerned about being able to fit your over-stuffed sectional sofas through that door, have no fear! Those ground floor windows could fit through a baby grand.
Photo: Jeremy and Carrie Isaac [via flickr]
Be still, my beating...clipped gables. We can appreciate the addition of old-world mountain village details, but where's the snow? All joking aside, we genuinely applaud the designer's game-time decision to opt for color camouflage on this beauty.
Photo: Preston Koerner [via flickr]
To show we can take what we dish, we've made sure to include a (post/off/late/alter)modern model house. By no means is insipid design restricted to conservative aesthetic taste. From the slightly projecting corner volumes to the punches of color, the designer here definitely tried to, um, put lipstick on a pig. To echo the exasperated plea of Erik Spiekermann: "Why is bad taste ubiquitous?"