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If you've ever watched an HGTV show like Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, or Property Brothers, you've probably seen the trends in design that come and go throughout the years.

Some of them look absolutely stunning but end up being inefficient, expensive, and sometimes down right useless.

The trends are a flash in the pan in the fast paced home buying market because people find out how terrible they really are in practice. We went to Reddit to find out exactly which ones were the worst.


Redditor wazzel2u asked:

"What is a terrible trend found in new home design?"

These are honestly just laughable.

Going in the open.

"Open concept bathrooms."

"I don't need to see you taking a dump from my bed."

- 02K30C1

"My dad has a huge bathroom that's open concept and has high ceilings, like the toilet is surrounded by nothing for a solid six to ten feet in all directions but the one where it's backed against the wall. I don't know why but there is some deeply buried primal instinct that comes out when I use that bathroom, I feel panicked. Like my lizard brain is screaming, 'Don't sh*t out in the open you're going to get eaten by a bear.' I hate it. It's unnatural."

- mandy_skittles

"A someone who lives in Alaska this fear is not unsubstantiated. Its also a reason to carry around deterrent like a high power firearm in to the bathroom... which comes out handy too when the bear steals the poop knife."

- Traumatized-Educator

"And In contrast, vanity and bathtub open to the bedroom, but the toilet is in a tiny stall that isn't even big enough to put an extra roll of TP in."

- helena_handbasketyyc

Hollow doors.

"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."

- Back2Bach

"I just purchased another home and one of the first things I did before making an offer was 'door inspection.' Having solid exterior AND interior doors is important to me. I would say it's more of a builder cost cutting measure rather than a trend though."

- TickTacWhat

"You know, this kind of thing perplexes me. So often I find people make changes to up the value that I think are ugly or irrelevant, but a serious QoL upgrade like good doors gets ignored? I don't understand people's home priorities man."

- Qadim3311

"As an appraiser, we look at the overall general condition and quality of a home. Things like doors and windows certainly don't go unnoticed, however, there's no real difference to the average buyer between types of doors. People mainly look at what condition they're in and are they functional."

"Now, if we're talking high end homes, then the quality of finishes really matter, including building materials. I've started adding solid doors as a personal preference as well, but I'm doing it for my own comfort, not for added value."

- Purposefulpurple

Storage is a must.

"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."

- A_Bit_Off_Kilter

"It's so weird - I grew up in a place with snow - so these were critical and in every home (even new construction as of 6 years ago) but I live in warm climate now and have no use for it - since we don't need to shed layers and snow covered boots - so they don't have those here. Never really gave thought to it until you said that."

- cantwaitforthis

Mullet houses.

"Go to a high end gated community development ($800k - 2M price points in my area) front of the homes is beautiful stone, brick, etc., but on the back every house has cheap ugly vinyl siding all the same color as far as the eye can see. I never understood this since you actually spend time in the back yard not the front."

- MisterSolid

"Mullet houses. Business in front. Vinyl in the back."

- Express_Simple9726

"It's obviously a cost saving measure. Typical on McMansions where they want to sell you as much house as they can without spending too much building it."

- PD216ohio

The TV is too high.

"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."

- 0rangePolarBear

"This is why I don't like fireplaces in general. Most people who don't live in areas where fireplaces are functional don't even use their them more than once a year. Despite this, if your living room has a fireplace, it pretty much determines the layout of the whole room with almost no flexibility."

"Every TV I've seen mounted over a mantle has made my neck hurt just seeing it for the first time, but it would look stupid to put a couch in front of it, so basically there's no good options if you have a fireplace."

- Revenge_of_the_Khaki

Too many rooflines.

"I don't like it when they have like ten different rooflines that are only a foot or two deep. Are they hoping it looks like an older house that's had many add-ons done?"

- LeonardGhostal

"My brother's house has this and my god the leaking and drainage problems it has! His siding is rotting away from it."

- Coconut-bird

"One thing it does is hide shoddy workmanship. It's a lot harder to see that the framing isn't straight or the cheap materials are sagging if there are no flat surfaces more than 10-12 feet long."

- katlian

Cookie-cutter layouts.

"The grotesque housing developments of the same like 4 models and 3 colors with no trees. Not to mention the houses are built like sh*t. The terribly inefficient road layout with a million cul de sacs."

- Individual-Text-1805

"Cookie-cuttervilles."

- valkyriespice

"Exactly. They're all the same and all soulless. There's a liminality to them. Something about them is so creepy and completely unnatural."

- Individual-Text-1805

The barn door trend.

"Barn doors are so stupid. It's a heavier, more expensive, harder to open door. And then it still has a public bathroom-style gap that eliminates actual privacy."

- mywifemademegetthis

"We had one of these for the bathroom door in our freaking hotel room one time. Guess what happened when someone took a shower? The ENTIRE room filled up with steam and felt like a rainforest."

- neko_brand

"They're fine for a closet, but it's horrible for something like a bathroom because of the gap. Give me a pocket door over a barn door any day."

- s404064

Whether it's open concept bathrooms or a lack of storage, there's a lot that goes into finding a home that is functional and fashionable.

If you're looking into your next home, really take a good look at what you're getting into. Is it functional? Or is it just a bad trend.

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