The term "McMansion" describes any spread out, land eating, mass produced house (AKA single family "home"), most likely made of brick and having a multi-layered roofline/frontage that faces the far away street. It is of the sort most common for the last two decades in the U.S.
They could be (and most often are it seems) only one to one and one half stories, but very rarely exceed 2 to 2 1/2 stories. They range in price from middle income to upper upper income (anything that's over 500K (in most of the interior southeast/midwest) should be designed by an architect anyway.
We can blame our upwardly mobile, disposable national culture, the housing bubble
, and to some degree HGTV
for perpetuting this phenomenon.
Other space eaters that contribute to suburban/metropolitan sprawl include the ranch
, the patio home
, and the "florida house
With any luck, the oil crash
will make livestock pens out of these architectural mistakes.
The only type of house those greedy developers seem to build in this metropolitan area is the mcmansion.
The mcmansion seems to go hand in hand with the big box
What was canopied country roads, split rail fences, primeval groves of trees, storied woods, charming old houses, and truck farms when I was a kid have been replaced by edge cities
and all that come with them. Eg, multi-lane highways, plop-down architecture
(anything that is very dulled down and closely related to the large motor vehicles that use them), and mcmansions