Twittering Tales: Tacky

My (vitriolic) contribution in 219 characters to Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales.

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The backpackers frowned, not at the plethora of B&Bs but at the street architecture, wondering if there might still be a corner of the planet that was not afflicted with the plague of that particular mass-produced door!

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

30 thoughts on “Twittering Tales: Tacky”

    1. They shouldn’t have stuck those awful plastic mock-Georgian doors on old cottages. I don’t know why people do it. Every other house in the world has one. They’ve defaced so much of the vernacular architecture in Ireland. I wish they’d leave it alone.

      1. There’s that, true. But there’s also the fashion effect, replacing of perfectly good doors and windows to look more ‘modern’. The number of lovely old stone houses that have been relegated to ‘the shed’ while the family lives in a brand new breezblock effort built next to it, it’s tragic. I know they can be draughty and need insulation and bits replacing, but PVC doesn’t last forever, and it looks dreadful long before it rots away.

  1. Ha ha! I love it. And totally agree. Horror of horrors, I actually lived behind one of those monstrosities in my younger years in a dirt cheap apartment; plastic panels on a hollow metal frame with the trim held in place by conspicuous dull grey staples. There should be a law. 😉

    1. There is a law if you’re renovating a listed building. Otherwise, you can do what you like, PVC blinds instead of wooden shutters, garages with pvc doors instead of a downstairs room.

      1. I now live in a historic district, where laws do constrict what homeowners can do. And I believe there are some gated communities that restrict construction as well. But in general, people can do as they wish here as well!

      2. They’re realising now that it’s too late, that the old window glass, for example is unique. Each pane is different, and it changes the quality of the light it lets through. You can’t change the old windows now in the historic part of Bordeaux, but most owners have already done the dirty deed.

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