This reality show get’s a reality check. ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition is scaling back on the mansions because the lucky recipients of their homes are finding that they can’t keep up with the cost of maintaining the luxurious houses. Ever wonder what happens to these financially challenged families after they move into their their house? Along with a giant house comes giant utility bills, huge mortgages, increased property taxes, and more.
Now they’re scaling back on the homes and making the homes more energy efficient with solar paneling, etc. and not putting in a pool unless the person needs it for rehabilitation or therapeutic reasons. Makes sense to me. The homes are now usually around 2,800 to 3,000 square feet. Back in ’05, a featured a house in Lake City, Georgia, was essentially a castle – it was 5,300 sq ft with 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 5 fireplaces (WTF!) and an outdoor kitchen. That’s just insane.
More about this scale back in this article.