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Old 03-13-2010, 05:59 AM
 
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LOL, beats me. Our house was custom built. No Chinese materials at all in this structure. Can we still call it a McMansion? Beats me (but we do, I'm one of the people who thinks it's an affectionate term.)
really, maybe it is because i worked at mcdonald's as a teenager. the term makes me want to puke

We don't have a 2-story foyer (we needed an extra room so we put a floor in and cut the space in two. Saves energy, too.). Does that mean we lost our McMansion status the moment we lost our foyer? LOL, again--beats me.
i'm so happy we don't have a 2 story family room for the sake of energy cost and conservation.
Do I have a gym in my house? Well, I have an exercise mat in front of the tv, does that count?
no, i don't think that counts. But it gets to my point. One person living in a 2 bed townhome could turn the 2nd bedroom into a gym or a media room and that would not qualify for a mcmansion. i just brought it up, because some else mentioned it.
We have lots of rooms in this house, but we don't exactly qualify under the definition of empty, unneeded space. We also have a lot of people living here, so every single room is in use. We do have a media room--we partitioned off a corner of the basement. The kids use it to practice band instruments but we also installed a projector--voila, we have a media room.

So do we officially have a McMansion? Beats me. Like I said before, any house bigger than 1500 sf seems like a McMansion to me so as far as I'm concerned it's a McMansion to me!
i think using anything more than 1500 sf is not accurate, but that is just me. i'm curious to see what others have to say

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Old 03-13-2010, 06:00 AM
 
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Big house+small lot=McMansion
Thanks. A simple but helpful post. Under these terms we do not have one
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Old 03-13-2010, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Bedford County, Va.
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I think of them as having houses that look like this (often with little to no landscaping and any trees being very young)...
McMansion No. 1

McMansion No. 2

...in neighborhoods as jam packed as this:
McMansion sardines (http://www.treehugger.com/mcmansion-subdivision.jpg - broken link)

My guess is that they have more than the 2,500 sq ft that was described earlier -- probably more in the 3,500-4,000 range, or more.

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Old 03-13-2010, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Northern VA/DC
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Big house+small lot=McMansion
+1...when an over-sized house is "squeezed" into a postage stamp sized lot. you see a lot of these in the "older" neighborhoods where the lots are small. why anyone would buy one of those is beyond me

just because a house is BIG, doesn't qualify as a McMansion. You need to consider the neighborhood and surrounding other houses. We have a very large custom home in FFX and its def not a McMansion. Once the cinema room is completed, it will be just over 11k sq feet, but it sits on almost 3 acres with circular driveway, inground pool/spa, etc. Now put our house in a ridiculously small lot next to another large house on an equally small lot, then sprinkle in some small houses on small lots and you get the McMansions
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Old 03-13-2010, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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A descriptive term used affectionately by those who can afford one and disparagingly by those who can't .
You know, even though this bit of wisdom sounds like a fortune cookie I think this may actually be the most accurate gauge. After all, McMansion is a nickname not a realtor's term. If the word makes you want to puke, VAMom, then I think you've answered your own question. You don't own one.
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Old 03-13-2010, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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why anyone would buy one of those is beyond me
Obviously, they buy it because they like the house or the neighborhood. Or both. Or, because they hate doing yard work.

I'm a person who has a fairly large piece of land. Believe me, right now I understand the meaning of townhouse envy. Yards are a lot of work.
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:14 AM
 
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We've all heard the term. What qualifies as a McMansion?
A large cookie cutter house in a community where homes are identical were built up quickly.
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Northern VA/DC
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Obviously, they buy it because they like the house or the neighborhood. Or both. Or, because they hate doing yard work.
I can buy that...i guess there is no yard because the house takes up the entire parcel of land...lol! To each their own, and that is my opinion.

I have other properties around the area, other states, and abroad, so I always look from "resale" perspective. You never want to have the most expensive house on the block, and to put in a ginormous house on say .35 acres looks silly amongst other 60-70s era houses that havent updated. At least some of those McMansions are in fabulous (re: close-in) locations, so its a choice some make.

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I'm a person who has a fairly large piece of land. Believe me, right now I understand the meaning of townhouse envy. Yards are a lot of work.
Believe me, I hate it as well, thats why i dont do it. Thank god for weekly yard/lawn service
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:15 AM
 
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A descriptive term used affectionately by those who can afford one and disparagingly by those who can't .
It doesn't change the fact that the McMansion is what it is, a cookie cutter house.
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Every detached tract house built here in the past 30 years.
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