Originally Posted by gomestar
I never understood the appeal of the McMansion or the need for 5,000 square feet. Even worse, usually it's 5,000 square feet of poorly designed space. I would MUCH rather have a smartly designed place than an exhibition of sheer size. Metro's place, IMO, is a little too small since I do like living space and sleeping space to be separate entities.
A couple friends had mcmansions when I was a kid. I would imagine that the appeal is partly in the buffer zones. :P We used to play in rooms that were far away from the master bedroom and areas where the parents spent a lot of time. My best friend had a huge game room where we could be as loud as we wanted without driving his mother crazy. No knoll furniture in that room, but since it was the domain of kids and nobody else saw it, i don't think they cared too much. Even as an adult, i could see the appeal. Were I married, I might want to listen to music in peace away from kids, or work without having to deal with tons of noise, etc. Large square-footage enables everyone to have their own space where they can enjoy quiet/music/movies/video games etc without disturbance.