What's the best type of floor tile?
For instance, our house was built in the 70's. It looks like it was built in the 70's, and no matter what we do it will always look like it was built in the 70's. While I would love an old Victorian bathroom with the octagon tile and claw foot tub, it would look absurd in our home.
I would advise to keep in mind the style of the house and don't try to make it look like something it's not.[/quote]
This is one of the most insightful comments ever posted on this site.
Blondsense, if you needed help I would take you on pro bono as a client. You summed up my feelings so completely about frustrations working with clients at times. Nine more years and your home will reach antique status. And, one assumes, become part of an era.
Given my clients and their homes I get it in reverse though, especially with new owners of the oldies but goodies that had no respect for what they were buying in the first place. Twits walk into an 1870s home and think it will work just great with black glass walls, a new home theater in the damp basement, etc, etc.
My usual answer, because I know it is immediately true? It will not fit. And I mean it physically. "Well when I lived in LA/SF/Seattle we never heard things like this!" NYers don't mess with us here so much. I do miss NYC at times but hope California falls into the ocean soon. Florida can go the day after.
So hang in there. Homes antique and part of an era usually hold value well and move quickly off the market. Idjuts I have encountered that thought they wanted one usually bail quickly unless the property is inherited.
Whatever the era and even if not yet antique, a house should have character and sing to the spirit and care of its inhabitants.
So as Blondsense suggests. Be true to your house, the people in it and design around those things? I suspect you might be potentially if not completely content at times.
Last edited by sdsester; 06-07-2011 at 01:51 PM.