Stephen, you are one judgmental mo-fo. While I too dislike the McMansion farms, where 3.5k sq ft houses are placed on 10k sq foot lots, all with exceedingly similar elevations, etc., I would not talk of what people "should" be doing. It's their money, their choices. For some families, size > quality, particularly in today's mobile and peripatetic society. What's your take on this completely natural material dwelling? Why? Do people have no burden of social responsibility? You're under the impression that a person's choice to create a house is infallible and exists independent of others' well being. That's completely false. The different between a tepee and a McMansion is that one doesn't raze a plot of land, waste valuable resources, and force people to deal with the consequences of its existence for 100 years.