"There's an awareness now that some of the homes frankly are too big," says Scott Van Duzor, a home builder in Illinois's Fox River Valley. "The McMansion has almost become embarrassing to some people," he says. "They're listening not just to their wallet but their conscience."
It is indeed ridiculous seeing some of these behemoths. No so much the fact that people live in big houses. Hey if you want to worry about cleaning, heating and cooling a 4500 sq ft house with 11 rooms of which 7 are never stepped foot in, go for it. What gets me is seeing these obscenities on 1/5 acre lots with neighboring houses 10 feet away. You have families of 3 or 4 people living in these monstrosities, using up only 20-30% of the living space and at the same time living like sardines with no privacy and practically no yard.
Maybe I'm just a little loco, but I'll take an acre or two of land and give up the 5th, 6th and 7th bedroom, not to mention bathrooms #4 through 6, for the same money.