I think I've figured out what's wrong with this country!
A single secretary buys too much stuff in a state without sales tax. Trade up your reasonable 2 BR condo for a 3 BR, 2 BA townhome (only $100,000 more!).
Why not just get your spending under control?
Want to live green? Build your 6,000 sq. ft. eco dream home, but first, "design to sell" your bungalow across the street with green decor.
Isn't it more eco-conscious to adapt the existing space? A smaller footprint uses less resources & materials than new construction.
Don't get me wrong: I enjoy the creativity and recycled elements, and we could all learn a lesson about cleaning our our houses before putting them on the market.
Yet I have to wonder at the culture of normalcy this kind of entertainment creates. How can average families afford houses $500,000 and up? When will someone say, "You know what, it's okay to have 2 kids in one bedroom. Here's how you do it."
Is there a particular HGTV show you find inspiring? Let me know in the comments!