I thought that when I lived in Florida, the construction there was shoddy. I was wrong. At least there they used concrete pillars and floors for the houses, and the building code was so strict everything was anchored properly, especially after Hurricane Andrew. When I moved to the DC area, I thought construction would be [...]
Christopher Solomon of MSN Real Estate has a great article on the backlash toward McMansions, also called "starter castles", "Hummer houses" or, my favorite, "garage mahals". From the article: "Local governments and ordinary citizens are saying 'no' to so-called Hummer houses and starter castles. Tactics include energy-consumption restrictions, petitions and outright building moratoriums..." Great read!