Couple build 'Munsters' house in Texas
Owners watched all 70 episodes of the TV series and pored over old photos to re-create the details of the spooky abode in a new house. They are still working on the dilapidated look.
If you're of a certain age, you may remember a popular 1960s television show called "The Munsters," which featured a family of monsters trying to get by in a mortal world.
Sandra and Chuck McKee went way beyond watching the TV show. They built and inhabit a 5,825-square-foot replica of the Munster Mansion in Waxahachie, Texas, outside Dallas.
Most of the time, they go on about their lives without hubbub or ghostly apparitions. The home is not open to the public, except for their annual Halloween charity bash, when the two dress up as Herman and Lily Munster.
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"There’s a lot of research involved," Sandra McKee told Mike Yawn in an interview for his blog. "You just adjust. It’s no big deal for me to have half the house covered in cobwebs or statues. It sounds weird, but it’s kind of normal for me."
The couple spent about 18 months building the house. They knew they wanted traditional, not modern, style and settled on a Victorian. Sandra McKee said the project started when she joked to her husband that they could build the Munster house. In the end, they did.
To do the project, the couple watched all 70 episodes of the series multiple times and examined still photos of the set. Sandra McKee counted the number of steps from the front door to the staircase in the fictional house so they could build the same way.
Several members of the original Munsters cast have visited the home, which includes memorabilia from the show.
The home apparently isn't quite creepy enough, or at least it wasn't initially. A question at the couple's website notes that the house looks clean and fresh, not dilapidated like the TV mansion. The couple's response:
We are in the process of painting the house darker browns to make it look older as well as having it aged and distressed to appear very old. We are always working on ways to make the house look older and dilapidated. It is our ultimate goal for the house to appear exactly as it did on the television show.
Downright cool, the Mckee's have an awesome sense of taste and style. I would love to visit.
Hey, does the inside staircase raise up? Do they have a "spot" living down there? I would be glad to inhabit grampa's dungeon,,,,really,,,,,not joking,,,gimme a shot!
All I want to know is do they have a laugh track that plays when anything funny happens in the house? That would be great, but i'm sure that would get old very quickly. Just like having your house look like it wants to fall down. Still its pretty neat to be able to live in a childhood memory.
Lighten up, "Fanny". They were building a house anyway and decided to have fun with it.
There are an awful lot of people who could learn from their example.
Enjoy life! This is not a dress rehearsal!