I was thinking this thread would die, but since it hasn't, I've decided to confess.
I live in a McMansion. There, I said it. I'd post a picture to prove it, but it looks like every other one, so what's the point. It's a house on steroids with those weird, stupid details such as those silly brass outdoor sconces (I know someone here knows the correct word) tacked on the side, the fake muntined windows (thanks for the new vocabulary!), fake Candyland shutters, etc. It's an impressive house, in that it's constantly trying to impress the casual viewer (large scale, granite in the kitchen, hardwood floors, etc.). Maybe the best adjective might be simply "more". The house seems designed by a committee. Everything is a safe choice of options that have supposedly worked for others. The layout works, but especially when I'm driving around and seeing dozens of other examples of the same house, I feel like I've achieved the (generic) "American Dream." That said, my kids like it. It's easy to live in.
Nonetheless, it's lost probably a third of its "value" since it was built six years ago. Plus, it's prematurely aging and parts of it seem kinda run-down already. I can't imagine this house lasting another 80 years (especially since it was built on backfill on wetlands and the foundation has already sunk enough to put in a couple cracks).
So happy were renting. I feel sorry for my landlord whose trying to sell it (and it probably underwater). I have trouble imagining the future of this house. The McMansion's greatest appeal seems to be when new. Does anyone know how they're performing on the market?
Overall, it's a weird experience. We'll be moving out soon (after about a year). It is easy to live in, but we'd never want to own it. It's too much, it's cheaply built, and it's not us. I feel I'm living in a Kenneth Cole house. I constantly have the urge to apologize for the house because most people are very impressed by the house. I do feel like I'm living in the setting of the American Dream, and it's off-putting. Still, we've learned a lot living here. It's our first time living in a house built in this century. The higher ceilings and big windows (even if fake muntined) make for a pleasant living environment. We'll look for that if we ever buy.
Should this be in the DT confessions thread? Anyone else want to confess? There's got to be others.