October 23, 2013Let’s Play Good Reno-Bad Reno with BH&G Improvement Ideas – 1974
We’re taking a trip back to the spring/summer of 1974 with Better Homes and Gardens Improvement Ideas today.
This magazine is basically all about ways to renovate – some ideas good, some ideas, definitely not! First off, let’s take a look at the good, shall we?
Here’s the before. This house is two bedroom, one bath, and although they don’t give a total square footage for it, it looks like it probably would have felt quite small and choppy inside.
Here’s the after. The major changes that were made were bringing the front wall out 5 feet and vaulting the ceiling. Why I like this reno – it was done in a style that I feel is quite classic and holds up over time; and it was not turned into some gargantuan behemoth, but instead renoed in a manner to make it feel bigger and more open. Let’s take a look inside, shall we?
So much wood! I love it. The vaulted ceilings definitely make it look huge inside, even though it’s really not.
The stairway is original, but I love the paneling they added.
This is the foyer – again the high ceilings make it seem huge, along with all of the windows.
This is a built-in bar that was added to the living room – how cool is that?
The only part of this reno that I am not a huge fan of is the type of brick they used on the fireplace. It’s the only part that screams 70’s to me and that I am not a huge fan of. Other than that the living room is great, though!
This was a pretty major reno, but I think they added a lot to the functionality of the house, and was well done in a style that still looks great today. However, now we move on to the bad …
This was the before, which the magazine states was a “pacesetter 50 years ago”. I see a gorgeous Art Deco style house – I love the angular lines and flat roof.
This is the after, and readers, I must tell ya, it makes me weep on the inside. According the magazine, the owners wanted to “soften it’s hard, angular lines” (which is what made it awesome, in my opinion!), and decided to cover it in bricks and shakes. The house now totally screams out 70’s, and not in a good way!
What’s your thoughts on these renos? Do you think they were a good idea or a bad idea?