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Cinder Block Construction On Algregg - Yikes!


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If you get a chance, check out the cinder block abomination being built on Algregg St (borders Fiesta to the north), two blocks west of Fiesta/Studewood. No windows on the front, left, or back of the "house", but oddly, several facing the east. Seems like the front door is the only door at all. Looks terrible. Yikes.

Between that place, the abandoned house next door, and the crappy townhouses across the street, I feel bad for their neighbors.

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They are building cinder block houses down the road from me off 304 south of 71 (Bastrop). I have been following the progress of the construction since I have never seen cinder block houses being built before.

As far as I can tell, these houses will look just like adobe houses when completed, and I see nothing wrong with that look. My only

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Isn't cinder block a fairly common building material? Usually hidden by stucco or brick veneer on the outside and plaster on the inside? The building where I work is probably 3/4 cinder block but hardly any is visible.

Marty

May I polietly ask what cinder block is made of? Is it concrete? (Probably not!)

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The only experience I have with cinder block constructed homes is in Mexico and they seem quite well built. I agree that perhaps they will have a stucco facade, for some of the wealthier homes in Mexico seem to follow that style.

As far as the windows goes, your guess is as good as mine. I'd have to look at it.

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It may not look pretty in the beginning stages, but cinder block and tin can make for a stunning home. For comparison, take a look at one on west 23rd a few blocks west of Shepherd/Durham on the south side of the street. That will give you an idea of what a "cinder block" house can look like.

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Malove is right. I saw that thing on the way home from Fiesta the other night and it scared me. I made my kids look away.

I am a big fan of block houses with contemporary styling and used properly, cinder block can be a great building material. In this case, however, it is just plain ugly. I hope they put a tall fence out front.

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Malove is right. I saw that thing on the way home from Fiesta the other night and it scared me. I made my kids look away.

I am a big fan of block houses with contemporary styling and used properly, cinder block can be a great building material. In this case, however, it is just plain ugly. I hope they put a tall fence out front.

Gee. Now youre making me curious as to the home and I'm tempted to drive by it in the near future.

Alot of things can be surmised by how the house (or any other building) is constructed with aethestics in mind.

The small windows and the lack of ingress and egress options are a bit telling.

Are you sure a drug dealer isn't moving into your area?

Either that or someone that has some really bad taste issues, and I'm not refering to their choice of food.

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Ah, see, jgs1419 knows. My GF and I were walking by the place the other day, and stopped for a good 10 min just to try and figure out what they were doing. Really weird, ugly, place.

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Isn't cinder block a fairly common building material? Usually hidden by stucco or brick veneer on the outside and plaster on the inside? The building where I work is probably 3/4 cinder block but hardly any is visible.

Marty

Sorry but stucco just doesn't seem to work long term in Houston. Everyday I drive by any number of stucco houses/townhomes that are cracking, molding, or generally just look bad.

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I made my kids look away.

Btw, that was hilarious.

I drove by again last night. I don't thing there are any plans to cover up the cinder blocks. they used one row of white blocks around the entire house as "decoration".

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The blocks are certainly the finish material. They are "split face" and have the aesthetically appealing faux stone face on the exterior side. I'll try to slide by and take a picture today after work so nobody has to get too close to that thing.

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The blocks are certainly the finish material. They are "split face" and have the aesthetically appealing faux stone face on the exterior side. I'll try to slide by and take a picture today after work so nobody has to get too close to that thing.

"aesthetically appealing faux stone face"

That's all you needed to say, it must be a homemade job of some sort and not pro-designed modern block and tin construction. I'll have to drive by on the way home tonight. If you have the chance though, you really should check out the place on 23rd, beautiful structure.

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Anybody have a photo of this house?

Here are some. I walked by it on Saturday with my kids - it made them cry but I managed to take some pictures. Sorry for the poor quality of my cellphone camera.

Any possibility that this is some kind of garage? The dumpster parked out in front had a lot of carpet padding that appeared to be from the house on the left. Maybe some collector or hobbyist bought the house and wanted a big, cheap garage?

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Concrete Blocks are the way to go in Houston. It's termite proof and will stand up to hurricanes a lot better than stick houses. FYI, usually they fill up the hollows in the concrete block with concrete and put steel rebars. This is very strong construction.

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Concrete Blocks are the way to go in Houston. It's termite proof and will stand up to hurricanes a lot better than stick houses. FYI, usually they fill up the hollows in the concrete block with concrete and put steel rebars. This is very strong construction.

I don't think anyone was arguing the homes durability, but it's bad design.

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I don't think anyone was arguing the homes durability, but it's bad design.

...the perfect house for the conspicuous drug dealer and/or gangbanger with a penchant for minimalist bling. :P

It wouldn't be so bad if it didn't look computer-generated. I've always liked cinder block, but this isn't what I had in mind.

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It has 4 total windows and the "front" double doors face the house to its right. Oh yeah, the roof is bright red, and on the left side, they ran out of gray cinderblocks so there are 2 different color grays. Other than that, it's peachy.

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i had dreamed up something a little worse than what the pictures depict, but still...!

i would say that from really far away (and perhaps if one was nearsighted sans glasses) it would look sort of midcentury with the roof tilt and minimal front-facing windows - that being said, it also could appear to be a cinderblock-reinforced cardboard home :blush:

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Any possibility that this is some kind of garage? The dumpster parked out in front had a lot of carpet padding that appeared to be from the house on the left. Maybe some collector or hobbyist bought the house and wanted a big, cheap garage?

Is cinder block construction cheaper than stick framing?

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Right now it looks like a transmission repair shop. What's with the jailhouse windows? Maybe they're into privacy and the back will make up for the front glasswise.

I imagine it would be quieter (nice) and definitely sturdier though, but doesn't concrete sweat in our climate?

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...the perfect house for the conspicuous drug dealer and/or gangbanger with a penchant for minimalist bling. :P

If a drug dealer's think a cinder block house is gonna protect them then they are living in a fantasy world. I have a 25-06 Custom made Rifle with a German action that will go through one side of the house and out the other. :ph34r:

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Right now it looks like a transmission repair shop. What's with the jailhouse windows? Maybe they're into privacy and the back will make up for the front glasswise.

Nope. Only one window in the back.

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If a drug dealer's think a cinder block house is gonna protect them then they are living in a fantasy world. I have a 25-06 Custom made Rifle with a German action that will go through one side of the house and out the other. :ph34r:

Yeah, but how did you plan on hitting them? 'Spray and pray' doesn't work very well with bolt action rifles.

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i had dreamed up something a little worse than what the pictures depict, but still...!

i would say that from really far away (and perhaps if one was nearsighted sans glasses) it would look sort of midcentury with the roof tilt and minimal front-facing windows - that being said, it also could appear to be a cinderblock-reinforced cardboard home :blush:

I agree.

Being a fan of mcm and contemporary mod, I would say I like this house much better than that faux Tuscan, bright mustard stucco some jerk defaced the Blvd with and is now selling less than a year later.

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I'm sure the people in the adjoining bungalow are thrilled having that next door.

Actually, they are.

Several of you need a lesson in manners.

Some of you need a lesson in architecture and style.

Some of you need a lesson in construction.

Someone is building that house to live in. They are my brother and his wife. Your comments are purposefully hurtful. That shows your intellectual capacity, maturity, and lack of foresight. He is a lot bigger than you. Fortunately for you, he has a good sense of humor. :D I will be very cross with you, if you have hurt her feelings. I doubt you have, as I am sure she realizes what small minded people some of you are.

Architecturally, the exterior is more of an industrial style, inside quasi loft. The lack of windows is a personal choice, and is a bit of a privacy issue. The lots are small and you are close to the street and neighbors. The street facing windows are high, reminiscent of some Frank Lloyd Wright designs or mid-century modern. They provide light and maintain privacy. Residential construction code sets requirements for egress from bedrooms. Some of you strike me as architectural snobs with no sense of adventure. While it is not the house I would/did build, I respect them building the house they want and that fits their style. It is sad you have nothing better to do with your life than criticize someone else's home on the internet. Post you house up for criticism!

The house is not "cinder block". It is reinforced concrete block. The components and strength are very different. As someone noted, concrete block is a good construction method for Houston. It is very common in Florida, where they are subject to hurricanes and termites, as well. By the way, there is a front door on the street side.

The world is a very small place, try to be nice. The world is watching. :ph34r:

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Several of you need a lesson in manners.

Some of you need a lesson in architecture and style.

Some of you need a lesson in construction.

My mother and my boss told me that once.

Someone is building that house to live in. They are my brother and his wife. Your comments are purposefully hurtful. That shows your intellectual capacity, maturity, and lack of foresight. He is a lot bigger than you. Fortunately for you, he has a good sense of humor. :D I will be very cross with you, if you have hurt her feelings. I doubt you have, as I am sure she realizes what small minded people some of you are.

Sure, living in the house wearing rose tinted glasses, I would say that too. but show me a cinder block house that's looks halfway good.

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To me, "good architecture" is not only about the design of the structure, as an independent unit, but also about how the structure complements or embraces its surrounding elements. The Algregg "reinforced concrete block" house clearly fails in this regard, even with a scuzzy Fiesta anchoring one end of that street. Were this house built on a huge lot in the desert outside Tucson, I may view it differently, but, where it sits now, among early 20th century bungalows and somewhat respectful McVictorians, I consider it to be in very poor taste.

I have some good friends who live a couple houses down from this house. They hate it, and all of their neighbor's hate it too -- I understand one even went so far as to contact the Heights Association to try to stop construction on this house.

Good luck to your brother at next year's Neighbor's Night Out party.

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i have some construction photos - i'll try to locate them (edit - can only find one, and the file is corrupted :huh: )

so the house in the background is for sale, and the house in the foreground has a sign, too...hm

and i like the handwritten "715 algregg" sign out front...adds a nice touch

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Wow. It just keeps getting worse and worse. The sign is a great touch, but what I like better is the section of block to the left of the garage (where the gutter runs down) that was installed facing the wrong way....or maybe they just used the wrong block....but either way it doesn't have the same texture as the rest of the wall. LOL

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