The title of this post? Too easy.
The title of this post? Too easy.
We’re going to take a moment to appreciate the quality, charm, and craftsmanship of kitchens from 50-60 years ago.
This is a beautiful kitchen from 1948 with original cabinets and tile. Well-maintained and cared for. Looks brand new.
This Phoenix home was built in 1953. Original cabinets and tile.
Here’s its original stove/oven.
Original oven and tile in this 1959 Phoenix home. The cabinet doors are not original; they would have had beveled/sloping edges.
They say it’s all in the details. Same applies to home renovations & remodeling. Something new is not enough. You have to consider functionality too.
Here’s a recent home renovation that’s a bit lacking in thought. Starting with the kitchen. New cabinets, counters, and flooring. But the stove and refrigerator are shoved against a wall with no thought. Where is the triangle pattern (sink, stove, frig)? Where is the stove’s exhaust vent? Do you want hot (oven) next to cold (frig)? Why isn’t there counter space next to the frig? They could have made an L-shaped kitchen to tie in the frig and then added an island with stove & oven.
The bathroom looks new. With all that space between the toilet and sink, why didn’t they add a wider vanity with two sinks? An extra $300 might have given them an extra $2000 in value.
Different bathroom, but same design. Here we see the toilet close to the vanity. Notice how the toilet’s water supply line is stretched. What happened?
The laundry room is lacking doors. How expensive/cheap are folding doors? $100 on upper cabinets would have been a nice touch too. Do you like how they used old appliances in the laundry and kitchen?
The caption of this real estate promotional photo reads, “What are you waiting for?” For the kid to move out of the photo! Are they selling the granite counters or the kid?
This kid is watching TV.
They took a photo from the other angle to ensure buyers saw the kid.
She has every right to be proud of her beautiful kitchen. Now get out of the way, thank you.
Two boys in the spotlight at this Scottsbluff, Nebraska home.
All those corn fields to run through and he stays inside for a second photo.
Sad little kitchen before.
Happy kitchen after renovation in 2010.
Depressing bathroom before.
Cheerful bathroom after remodeling.
Sleepless bedroom before.
Peaceful bedroom after (not the same room as above).
Dark den before.
Expanded after to create a great room.
View of the living room after. This remodeled home sold quickly.
You can create kids’ toys on the cheap if you use your noggin. Here’s a seesaw made of a board and a barrel in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. What’s that going green phrase? Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Yep, it’s an old barrel all right. There’s also a deer in the yard.
See Saw Marjory Daw.
Frozen in time. Scottsbluff, Nebraska home built in 1975. Wanna bet these are original owners? Triple mirror. Hanging oil lamp (aka rain lamp). Tulips lights. Classic.
Teddy bear collection to go with the old drapes.
Pan a bit more to the right.
The basement features orange carpet, one of those hideous frilled shade lamps, wood paneling, and an old dinette set.
Shifting slightly to the right, we see a million family photos.
The original bathroom features a
Princess slimline phone for those long conversations.
When they say the real estate market collapsed in Amenia, New York, they weren’t kidding!
Two bathrooms in need of renovation.
Why is the toilet so close to the vanity? Someone didn’t measure the original vanity before purchasing this one.
The black bathtub and checkerboard wall tile might not appeal to most buyers.
Take them down when selling, please.