January 7, 2011Inappropriate Updating Isn’t A New Thing–1950’s Homes Given The 1970’s Treatment
So, I know on this blog we post a lot of horrible “flips” and demos of MCM houses, and then all huddle together and cry about it. *Sniff*
And it truly is a sad, sad thing. But in no way is the “updating and demo” attitude of current homeowners a new trend. Nope. Probably from the time that domestic arts turned from “essential” to “fashionable” everyone at one time or another looked at the the walls of their home and thought, “You know, that wall should really be a little MORE dirt brown.”
And speaking of dirt, I present to you Sunset Ideas for Landscaping, which was published in 1972 and includes, in a few pages, some 1940’s and 1950’s homes given 1970’s curb appeal “makeovers’”.
#1 Before – This traditional cape cod. Cute, right?
#1 After – Not anymore! Now it is part of the scary forest in Alice and Wonderland.
That is the ENTRANCE. You can’t even see the door anymore!
#2 Before – Okay maybe not the height of 1970’s decorating, but you could see the front door. And the fireplace is cute.
#2 After – Wow. I don’t even….wow. And does anyone else thing that bush in the left corner looks like some kind of bird. A quail maybe?
#3 Before – The little doorway here is pretty cute, if you ask me. And doorways often open straight into the living room.
#3 After – Wait…where did the house go? Are you guys magicians? Are you?
Seriously guys, where is the house?
#4 Before & After – Ohhhhhhkay.
#5 Before – 1950’s Split-Level
#5 After – I….you know, this isn’t terrible, but is sure is big and different from the original outside of the home. I think if they just would have restrained themselves to the front deck, it would have been nice.
But you can’t argue with that station wagon. As long as it doesn’t get crushed by the “outdoor room”.
What do you guys think? Overdone or not?