Thursday, August 29, 2013

Georgia Mansion

Another grand mansion for your viewing enjoyment.

Several people have commented on the difficulty of maintenance and upkeep on these huge houses. The truth is, I think most of us buy more house than we need. We end up buying for visual pizazz rather than rationally looking at what we need and can afford. The burden of house payments, cleaning, maintenance, and upkeep on a "too big" house puts stress on the family. I think it would be great to seek after a simpler lifestyle.


  1. Having a larger family, I don't feel we bought more house than we need. But compared to the third world, we do live quite nicely. I had your same thoughts PJM looking at this week's photos -- how extravagantly many folks live.
    -Anne K.

  2. These mansions were built using slave labor. Of course it was difficult to maintain after they had to pay a wage to the help. The same was true in England.

  3. One of the largest and most expensive to maintain would probably be Builtmore in Ashville N. Carolina.

    The Trust supporting this fabulous home from the 1880s uses timber sales, investments and tourism revenues to keep the building and grounds in good repair. In todays value of the dollar, it is doubtful that any one person could keep it up.

  4. This looks like Saturday's mansion again.
    - Scoops

  5. We do live in a very materialistic society with the emphasis on appearance; style over substance.

    One thing about a large house, it lets you collect a lot of junk.

    Our house has six bedrooms. When we bought it, we had eight children. Now only one is left at home. The cats have lots of beds to sleep in.

  6. Probably getting off the topic but did you ever notice on the Beverly Hillbillies that they had that huge mansion and spent most of their time in the kitchen. Also the kitchen was very small comparred to the rest of the house. (Yes, I have alot of time on my hands today.) I checked out that mansion that Al mentioned, The Biltmore. That place makes todays mansion look like a kids playhouse.

  7. I like the point that these mansions (and those in other countries) were built and maintained by slaves and/or people "in service." The lifestyle depended on deep exploitation of other people.

    The other thing I notice is how many semi-replicas there are of these mansions in the awful "McMansion" tracts being built in California right now. Huge houses that come up to 2 feet of the property lines. They look ridiculous and slightly pathetic. We seem to want more house than we need and no yard at all for gardening, relaxing, or kid play.