The Property Brothers at Home recently started on HGTV and it involves renovating a large home outside Las Vegas. Though they don’t call it this, here is why the home is a McMansion:
1. It is about 5,000 square feet. Plenty of space inside, particularly with the cavernous living room.
2. It is on a quiet residential street about 11 miles outside of Las Vegas. Classic suburban setting.
3. It is a relatively new build. It does beg the question of why a relatively new house needs so many new design ideas.
4. The home has a Mediterranean exterior which is not exactly “native” to Las Vegas (though defining “native” Las Vegas architecture could be interesting).
5. It was purchased as a foreclosure. Las Vegas was one of the foreclosure centers in recent years.
There are a few factors going against the McMansion trend: the home does not necessarily seem poorly built (often a critique of mass-produced homes) and it is on a decent size lot.
Why would the Scott brothers want to be associated with such a home? I understand that they are putting their own personal touch on it but many critics would argue they are starting from a bad place: garish home in a lonely suburban neighborhood in the metropolitan region that exemplifies suburban and consumerist excess.