How Big Does A House Have to be to be a McMansion?

posted 3 years ago in Home
  • poll: A house would have to be (sq ft) at least
    1500 : (1 votes)
    1 %
    2000 : (3 votes)
    2 %
    2500 : (4 votes)
    2 %
    3000 : (28 votes)
    16 %
    3500 : (15 votes)
    9 %
    4000 : (44 votes)
    25 %
    4500 : (7 votes)
    4 %
    5000 : (39 votes)
    23 %
    5500 : (3 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I said 5000. 

    Post # 5
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    8720 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I say 5,000+

    Post # 6
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    1992 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Well our house is 3500 SF but not a McMansion at all. Its a hil country farmhouse style with a rock front porch on 2 acres. To me, a McMansion has more to do with the style, like those faux Mediterranean style houses that have tile roofs and lots of iron balconies. That’s what I think of. 

     

    Post # 7
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    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I said at least 5,000. My parents’ home is around 3700 and honestly I don’t think its mansion-like in the least.

    Post # 9
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    2299 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We refer to this type of house as a “starter castle”, lol.

    I voted 6,000+, but even a 5000sqft house is getting up there! Our house seems so tiny in comparison!

    Post # 10
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    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    My parents live in a 2700sq ft house, and that’s roomy but comfy for a family of 6 (when we all lived at home).

    I’ve been an a couple of 3500sqft homes, and they’re SO big! But not insane or anything.

    So I voted 4000sqft or more. Unless you’re the Sister Wives or the Duggars, and have like 15 kids, that’s a TON of room!

    Post # 12
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    6273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

     a boy i went to elementry school with called my house a mansion.  it was a 4 bedroom 2 1/2 bath modular rancher. by no means anything impressive.

     

    i think it only looked big to him because he lived in an apartment, and because everything was spread out on one level.

     

    i put over 6000 but i think it depends on your perspective.

    my house now is 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath and about 2500 sq ft.  it is a good size for a starter home.

     

    Post # 13
    mswallabyBee
    2070 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    I voted 3,000 sq feet or more. DH and I just moved from a 950 square foot house into a 2200 sq foot house, and honestly, it feels humongous and it’s wayyyyy too much space for just the two of us. My family has always lived in houses ~2000 sq ft (with my parents, my brother, and I – four of us) and I just can’t wrap my head around houses more than 3,000 sq ft.

    I know it’s really a regional and even neighborhood thing, but still. DH and I live immediately in downtown Houston, a huge metropolitan area, so space here is very expensive. You can get a big 5,000 sq ft house in the suburbs for the same cost as our house (or cheaper!). To me that’s just too big, unless you have a very large family. Our standard of what’s a “big house” in most of the US is wayyyyy more than anywhere else in the world. I’ve noticed on pretty much every single episode of House Hunter’s International, the Americans complain about how small everything is abroad- tiny kitchens, no walk-in closets, etc. I count us as super lucky to live in a 2,200 sq ft house and in my mind it’s ginormous haha.

    Post # 15
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    1414 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    Is a McMansion different than a regular mansion? Is this something I can order at McDonald’s??

    Post # 16
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    3000+ square feet.

    Homes are 750-1500 on average where I live (yup, single family homes are like 750-1500 sq ft!) so that’s huge. My aunt in Texas had a 5000 sq ft home and all I could think about when I was in it was what a horrific waste of showy space it all was.

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