McMansion Prevention?

While I thoroughly loathe the term McMansion, I can understand the angst they cause as people buy smaller homes on medium-sized lots and rebuild or renovate to make the dwelling bigger, faster, stronger, better because that’s the american way dammit. But, Montgomery County is doing something that other folks aren’t: putting Height Limits on neighborhood houses. Now, this is just a clarification of an earlier law that has loopholes so big you could build a spire through them, but this kind of backlash is only sure to continue as folks with money try to make their DC goldmine, er, house, into something more than it already is before the bubble goes pop.

2 Comments so far

  1. Jenn L (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 2:51 pm

    I’m curious, since you made the distinction between the thing and the term – why do you loathe the “term” McMansion?


  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on October 19th, 2005 @ 2:58 pm

    McMansion implies cookie cutter, when most houses in this situation are anything but.



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