McMansion

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McMansion

A derogatory term for a large house on a small lot; the term is intended to give a sense of uniformity and pretension.Also called starter castle.

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The fallout of the monster home debate had profound implications for the Chinese who identified with the politics and culture of Vancouver's historic Chinatown.
Most striking moments in a polished design package are when Wyle's character views a pristine Northern California hillside--and graphically visualizes a bounty of "monster home" subdivisions on its virgin hillsides.
Rothera slugged a monster home run for Schwartz in Wednesday's victory over Townsend and he was hot again last night, going 3 for 3 with four RBIs, including a solo homer to left field in the third inning.
His most memorable moment of the season didn't come in the form of a monster home run or perfect hitting performance at the plate--rather, it was his sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning that helped the Razorbacks to a 7-6 win over Missouri State.
Contreras put the Cubs on the board in the second when he hit a monster home run off the videoboard in left field with one out.
John's stranded six runners and could only score single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth - the last run coming on a monster home run to right by Pat Quinn.
Drawing on his experiences as an architect, planner, world traveler, and educator, Avi Friedman delves into issues such as the North American obsession with monster homes, the impact of scale on the feeling of comfort in our communities, environmental concerns such as deforestation, innovative recycling methods in building materials, the booming do-it-yourself industry, the decline of craftsmanship, and the role of good design in bringing families together.
Chapters are devoted to showing how children can be helped to take responsibility for themselves and others; to criticizing what are called "monster homes" in wealthy suburbs; and to arguing for communities that facilitate human interaction.
To be sure, I was sometimes left wondering what stake residents of the downtown eastside should feel in this conflict over things beyond their reach--like expensive neighbourhoods with colonial British character that are being culturally transformed by gaudy 'monster homes'--but that is perhaps a story for another book.
They worry the suburbs will be "the slums of the future"--with multiple families huddling in monster homes like refugees--while offering hope that New Urbanism based on close-knit communal organization and values might become the lifestyle wave of the future.
Monster homes with mountainside views sell well; downtown infill does not.
While many people are building highly inefficient, oversized monster homes, you can choose to build an appropriate, low maintenance smaller home of quality and charm that is not trying to kill you.