Atlanta highlights their work in the 2000s and includes an excerpt about McMansions:
“When suburbanites come intown, they want to bring the suburbs with them. The day of the urban pioneer is gone,” says attorney Lee Meadows. The heart-pine floors, plaster walls, and black-and-white tile bathrooms of compact 1920s Craftsman bungalows can’t compete with the wired-for-plasma-TV mantel and Carrera marble–accented master bath of that “Neo-Craftsman” on Oakdale. (August 2007)
This is a short description but this seems to capture the McMansion era well:
-Bringing particular expectations about homes to cities and suburbs, whether they fit or not.
-Preferring new larger homes with features over historic homes.
-Particular features of these new homes included flat screens mounted over the mantel, marble in the bathrooms, and aping established architectural styles.
All that might be missing is the spread of McMansions in Sunbelt regions and the size of these homes, especially on certain smaller lots.
Of course, this comes before the housing bubble burst and more hardened opposition to McMansions. These homes are still constructed today in cities and suburbs but the thrill of McMansions has diminished. In other words, the “irrational exuberance” of McMansions is gone except perhaps in particular locations and for certain builders and buyers. For this reason, and perhaps many others, 2007 seems very far away.