Spite Houses: Where Would You Build One, And Why?

Spite Houses: Where Would You Build One, And Why?

Tess Wilson
Jan 2, 2014
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We're all back to work, right? And resentful about it, right? (Please forgive me if you've worked straight through the holidays- I have been there!) Let's give that bitterness a healthy outlet by daydreaming about where we'd build out spite houses, and who we'd be spiting...

The Hairpin recently published Spite Houses, Ranked By Spiteness, and it is a juicy read. The inspiration behind the houses ranged from bitter divorce settlements, brothers cutting each other out of their inheritances, disagreements over the value of land, and landowners underestimating what can be built on a 10-foot wide stretch of land. So much ingenuity and spite!

I'm racking my brain to think of whom I could exact justice upon by building a house, but I'm coming up blank. Oh, I've got one! I worked at a lovely cafe for a terrible boss. It was a sweet corner spot with an entire wall of windows and a large outdoor patio with plenty of room for tables and planters, in a wonderful neighborhood. I would build myself a sunny little home up against the cafe's windows, taking over the patio, blocking all their light, and enjoying my posh new address.

I'll probably think of other architectural-based revenge fantasies, but for now: what are your spite house fantasies?

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