“your house degrades the value of our house”

Yesterday I showed the maquette to our future neighbors. It is actually an older lady who lives there with her husband and dog, but her daughter and son-in-law live next to her in a big house with two children. She called them to see the model and the first thing he said was: “It is super ugly!” They quickly agreed that it did not fit in the street picture and that it was too modern. The mother was the least critical, but only objected to the black colour. They are especially dismissive of the glass house part. The daughter complains about the alley-like space it creates but her husband sees other objections. “Your house degrades the value of our house.” I left the site astounded….