Hate haughty houses? This blog’s for you

Hate haughty houses? This blog’s for you

Blogger Kate Wagner gleefully chronicles hot-mess mansions, pillorying about 200 homes across 45 states since she launched McMansion Hell two years ago.

Wagner, 24, created her near-instant viral blog to mock ostentatious houses and educate house haters. Who doesn’t loathe a McMansion, typically thought of as oversized homes squeezed onto small lots, with inept designs that are shoddily executed.

But few people can as intelligently articulate such architectural folly as Wagner. Her go-to definition: “McMansions are like obscenity: You know it when you see it.”

And when she sees it, she doesn’t hold back.

On the blog, Wagner overlays biting commentary on top of...