Wanna Freak Out?

In May of 2016, the fabulous Kelly from Old House Dreams posted an incredible Spanish-style house built in 1930, in San Fransisco, and owned by the same family ever since. The house was GORGEOUS and rich with luscious OMG details. The listing description stated that the home was “waiting for the next owner who will lovingly restore it to its original beautiful state.” And who wouldn’t treasure such an opportunity?


Well, one total ass did not. This total ass gutted the entire house and created an of-the-moment open plan so beloved by TV makeover shows. This should be illegal. All this was done to flip the house for resale.


This lavender wonder is to-die-for. But it was, with nary a thought, thrown away.


And the total ass thought, really, that this banality was an improvement. A thinking mind is boggled at the idiocy.


Kelly has a lot more images.

Be prepared to weep. And rage.




  1. Ruth Anne on March 5, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Well, we Americans do tend to tear down things the least bit outdated, all in the name of modernization, then travel overseas to ooh and aah over the historic places and buildings there.

  2. Brian E on March 5, 2017 at 10:04 am

    I rehab houses for a living. Part of the fun is maintaining and restoring the historic elements. It kills me when people think that new is better.

    • Ross on March 5, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Yea, I just will never get it.

  3. Carrie on March 5, 2017 at 11:28 am

    This just hurt my heart 🙁

  4. Julie C. on March 5, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    I really truly don’t get it. Why not just buy a new house? I guess that’s not an option in some areas- but I’m sure that there are plenty of beat down houses that are not so lovingly kept in original state that he could’ve done this to! I mean, really if you are going to gut the place anyway? Save one that truly needs it – don’t mess with an original beauty. They are so rare these days.

  5. tiffaney on March 5, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Why bother?! Why not just buy a modern house? FFS. Also I hate open concept with the passion of a thousand christs. I hate it any house, but especially this one. Congratulations, morons! You ruined history.

  6. Brian E on March 5, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Open concepts are for poor people. Unless it’s a custom built, spectacular mid century ranch that was built for rich people.

  7. Bethany Otto on March 6, 2017 at 11:25 am


  8. Vicki F on March 10, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Well, I just looked at all of Kelly’s images and honestly, I feel a little nauseated. We live in such a “throw away” world where you toss a perfectly good I-phone to get the latest update-just because you can. Somehow an appreciation for historical skills and workmanship has just disappeared. I, too despise open concept and can’t believe someone traded all those beautiful historical elements; still standing the test of time, for all that monochromatic rubbish. I guess your friends would feel right at home in your “new” house because theirs probably looks just like it! They all look the same to me. I have to wonder if they salvaged anything at all or just demo’d the heck out of it. My heart breaks, especially for that wonderful kitchen…there should be a penalty for this!

  9. Mike on March 17, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Ross, I might be changing the subject here, but I wonder if you saw this listing on Kelly’s OHD site. Check it out.

    I am wondering if this might be one of your Mr Squires’ houses. It certainly isn’t on the scale of your house, but some of the elements are there; the eyebrow window in the front gable, the rough-cut stone foundation, the lap siding on the first floor with shingles on the second, etc. Some of the stained-glass is similar to yours as well…keeping in mind that this house was more of a middle class house rather than a mansion.

    • Ross on March 18, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      Hi Mike!

      I love that you have developed a Squires “eye”!

      I looked at the house, thank you. It certainly has signature Squires elements! And it could be by Squires.

      I have been developing a Squires rating system:

      A: Confirmed Squires.
      B: Almost certainly by Squires.
      C: Possible Squires.

  10. Susan Y. on May 5, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    Ahh! *cries*
    A purple bathroom and they made it beige!!!
    There is a special level of hell for people who do things like that. Just bulldoze the whole house why dontcha?!

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