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Old 03-11-2015, 08:19 AM
 
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Why would you care if someone calls that house a McMansion or not?

That house seems too small to be called a McMansion, if it is called that I would take it as a compliment.

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Old 03-11-2015, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Miami
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I would consider this a regular house. In Miami I consider a McMansion is a smaller version of let's say a large mansion (like jambo and macrodome2 linked too), without the land a Mansion typically has. McMansions in Miami have typically been built on lots in older communities, where they've torn down the previous regular ranch style home and then built these big homes to take a much larger foot print than the previous ranch home did. Sometimes going right to the property line with the house.
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Old 03-11-2015, 08:23 AM
 
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McMansion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In American suburban communities, McMansion is a pejorative term for a type of large, new luxury house which is judged to be oversized for its parcel, or incongruous and out of place for its neighborhood. Alternatively, a McMansion can be a large, new house in a subdivision of similarly large houses, which all seem to be mass produced and lacking in distinguishing characteristics, as well as appearing at odds with the traditional local architecture.[1]


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Old 03-11-2015, 10:27 AM
 
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McMansion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In American suburban communities, McMansion is a pejorative term for a type of large, new luxury house which is judged to be oversized for its parcel, or incongruous and out of place for its neighborhood. Alternatively, a McMansion can be a large, new house in a subdivision of similarly large houses, which all seem to be mass produced and lacking in distinguishing characteristics, as well as appearing at odds with the traditional local architecture.[1]
Thank you cause people were going off on tangents just for the sake of input.
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:41 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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A "McMansion", I think, is a in group of homes that are upscale, but the whole neighborhood looks the same. It's hard to tell one house from another. It's hard to label the home you pictured without seeing the other homes in the area.

I always think of a McMansion as a house that appears to be too large for the property it's sitting on. I've seen these McMansions lined up in zero-lot line communities, and IMO they look ridiculous. I know there are setbacks required by municipal building codes, but they're minimal and even if a builder observes those setbacks a house that's large and ostentatious enough to look as though it belongs on a 10 acre estate ( or even a one acre site) can be built on a quarter acre lot.


From what I can see of the house pictured in the OP's post, it doesn't look like a McMansion to me.
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:50 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I would consider this a regular house. In Miami I consider a McMansion is a smaller version of let's say a large mansion (like jambo and macrodome2 linked too), without the land a Mansion typically has. McMansions in Miami have typically been built on lots in older communities, where they've torn down the previous regular ranch style home and then built these big homes to take a much larger foot print than the previous ranch home did. Sometimes going right to the property line with the house.
What I've often seen builders do in Miami over the years in areas such as Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, as well as other upscale areas, is to buy those older houses sitting on one acre, knock them down, and try to build as many jumbo houses as they could get away with on the property. So they end up with three of those huge houses sitting very close to each other on property that formerly had just one house on it.

IMO THOSE are McMansions. When they manage to build five or more of them on a property that really is too small for them, I call them "housing projects", LOL.
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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In Florida, the sq footage of the home includes the garage. And even if it were not, this is not a McMansion.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McMansion
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Old 03-11-2015, 12:00 PM
 
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What I've often seen builders do in Miami over the years in areas such as Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, as well as other upscale areas, is to buy those older houses sitting on one acre, knock them down, and try to build as many jumbo houses as they could get away with on the property. So they end up with three of those huge houses sitting very close to each other on property that formerly had just one house on it.

IMO THOSE are McMansions. When they manage to build five or more of them on a property that really is too small for them, I call them "housing projects", LOL.
I agree 100%. I've seen that in some areas of Pinecrest. What was formerly a ranch-style house sitting on a one-acre lot is now 3 separate properties with houses too big for the lots that they were built on.
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Old 03-11-2015, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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A "McMansion", I think, is a in group of homes that are upscale, but the whole neighborhood looks the same. It's hard to tell one house from another. It's hard to label the home you pictured without seeing the other homes in the area.
I agree. I'd call the home style neo-craftsman or craftsman revival. Seems like that look has become common for both custom and mass builders in recent years.

It becomes a McMansion when the original owners were offered a choice of six different floor plans in the subdivision, and could only really pick from four of them because the mass builder didn't want to put three 'Pasadena' or 'Morris' floor plans next to each other on the street even if the colors or elevations were slightly different.
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Old 03-11-2015, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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McMansion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In American suburban communities, McMansion is a pejorative term for a type of large, new luxury house which is judged to be oversized for its parcel, or incongruous and out of place for its neighborhood. Alternatively, a McMansion can be a large, new house in a subdivision of similarly large houses, which all seem to be mass produced and lacking in distinguishing characteristics, as well as appearing at odds with the traditional local architecture.[1]
And I thought I'd seen bad material use and bad design. Eewwhhh.
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