April 13, 2011Proof That Ripping Out Your Mid-Century Bathroom Is A Bad Idea
So, you guys have been putting up with a lot of ranting lately from me, especially about wrecking vintage bathrooms and misleading “going green”. And I appreciate your patience. But I just have one more thing to say on the subject, then I am going to stop. I swear.
And I also wanted to gloat. Just a little.
Here are some direct quotes from CNN Money’s recent article, Avoid 4 Common Remodeling Mistakes, that proves the preservationist attitude we all share doesn’t just keep our homes looking their best, it also happens to make good financial sense.
Mistake 1. Being a slave to fashion
The more up-to-the-minute your project is today, the more out-of-date it will seem in five or 10 years.
Skip trends such as glass tiles, wire-hung track lighting, and vessel sinks (the kind that sit on the countertop like a salad bowl), says Schultz.
Instead, go with classic choices that match the house’s original style.
For a bathroom in a 1920s colonial, for example, that might mean a white pedestal sink and subway-tile wainscoting, but those choices wouldn’t look so timeless in a 1980s contemporary.
Wow. I bet the guys who just demo’ed this peach bathroom down the street will be unhappy to read this one.
Mistake 4. Counting on a big pay-back for going green
Greater energy efficiency alone rarely justifies a pricey project.
Take windows. Window companies may tell you that replacing old ones ($300 to $1,200 each) will knock 50% off your energy bills. But windows really account for only about 15% of a house’s heat loss, says Jerry Thatcher of Energy Diagnostics, a green-building certifier in Valparaiso, Ind., so you’d save just $50 to $175 a year.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t go ahead with new windows. As long as they match your home’s style, new windows will add value. They’ll open and shut easier, tilt in for cleaning, and reduce draftiness — they just won’t pay for themselves too.
If you want to check out the other “mistakes” read the CNN Money article here.
Turns out we are financial geniuses, and we didn’t even know it!