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Old Is Back And Now New Is Here To Stay

“Don’t throw the past away. You might need it some rainy day. Dreams can come true again. When everything old is new again.” -Peter Allen, Songwriter/Performer

 

With new technologies coming to the market every day when you see something old coming back it brings a little coziness back into your home. Lots of styles from older generations are making a comeback with a hint of modern appeal but also old objects that use to have a use are coming back with a different use intended. Check out some of the things below to see if you want to add these to your next remodel.

 

Dutch Doors Dutch doors became popular in the 18th century by Dutch settlers of New York and New Jersey. They have split down the middle horizontally and traditionally used for stables to keep animals on one side and children on the other side while allowing for light and air to filter through. They are still used in barns for horses to look out of their stalls but keep them confined but they are becoming quite popular inside the household for ventilation.

 

Sleeping Porches– These became popular in the 20th century because it was advocated by health professionals that the fresh air helped with the immune systems. They became very popular in the south and west when sleeping outdoors was cooler and more comfortable. This was before air conditioners of course. In Arizona, they are called Arizona-rooms.

 

Transom Windows A panel of windows above doorways to let more light in when there was a lack of electricity or air conditioning became popular. Also, it was a great way to circulate air when doors were closed for privacy. Of course, the beauty of glass is why this has become an old new feature to add to design.

 

Stained Glass– This type of glass has been around for thousands of years and is a timeless feature but traditionally seen in churches or other significant buildings. It was made from flat panels and used as windows, the creation of modern stained glass also include three-dimensional structures and sculptures. It is colored by adding metallic salts during its manufacture. Then it is arranged in small pieces to form patterns or pictures. Nowadays it is referred to as art glass and seeing more of a variety of use than just windows.

 

Laundry Chute– With technology increasing so dramatically. We are wanting things to be easier to get the job done. Washer and dryers now have built-in steam options, specific load options even all in one job for tiny-living. Why not go back to the nearly forgotten feature of having a laundry chute. With 2 story homes or homes with basements, it makes sense to provide a low-tech convenience into one of the never-ending chores.

 

Intercoms/Video– These have not only come back but have capabilities our ancestors wouldn’t even dream of consisting of remote modules in several areas of the house, music options surround sound throughout the house or even video and surveillance systems right at your fingertips. You can even buy a phone system with a built-in intercom functionality if you want to avoid hardwiring in your home.

 

Clawfoot Tubs– These tubs provide a deeper soak than most modern tubs today, plus add a whimsical look to your bathroom. It is popular to even have them outside and bathe under the stars. Whatever suits your fancy. You can find these tubs inexpensively at salvage yards. With some porcelain paint and TLC, you can bring life to the old. Manufacturers are also making them brand new if that is a better route for you.

 

Rumford Fireplace– Henry David Thoreau once counted his Rumford fireplace as a modern convenience that was often overlooked by his contemporaries. Common in the early to mid-1800’s they were tall and not very deep, which allows them to reflect most of the heat generated by the burning wood back into the room. With utility costs increasing, this old design is becoming popular again as a way to save some real money.

 

Pocket Shutters- These were popular in the 18th & 19th century when walls were very thick providing a deep window jamb whose pockets could contain an entire interior shutter. These unique architectural details are coming back because they provide not only privacy but also insulation or shade when the elements really start to become overbearing.

 

Pocket Doors– These type of doors disappear when fully open, into a compartment in the adjacent wall. They were mainly used for an architectural effect or when there is no room for the swing of a hinged door. They travel on rollers suspended from an overhead track and floor track. They were particularly common in Victorian homes to close off such areas as sitting rooms or dens but now they are useful for walk-in closets and bathrooms to help save space

 

Dumbwaiter– These are convenient for carrying items like laundry and food from floor to floor in the 19th century. Today they have become popular again in restaurants and schools but homeowners are catching on to the fad and enhancing their multi-level homes with state of the art models.

 

Mail SlotWith the rise of online bill pay and the decline of USPS, and the increase of stolen identity through the mail; mail slots have become popular among the older neighborhoods that don’t have a community mail area. They are so sleek and secure.

 

Ceiling MedallionsThis was popular among upper-class homes in the 19th century which were designed to add architectural interest and beauty to the room. Usually above a chandelier so it could emphasize the patterns. Then they were usually made from paper mache or heavy materials like iron or marble. Now you can get the same look made from foam, plastic or wood.

 

Picture Railing MouldingThis was used to provide a way to hang artwork on plaster walls that could crumble under the force of a hammer and nail back in the Victorian Era. Nowadays it is a visually appealing design element that lets you hang art in a unique way.

 

             

 

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Upgrade Your Home Without Breaking The Budget

The first sign that your home is becoming outdated is when you start to complain about the space when you are working and nothing fits. Whether it is your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom there comes a time when its time to upgrade. Here are the basics to start with when you decide its time for that remodeling project to begin.

 

  • Start with a checklist- Before beginning, get a checklist on hand for reference. This can be a great way to keep your project organized.
  • Plan and make a budget for your project(s)- Draw up a detailed sketch of the new space intended that includes exact placements & measurements. You can find a lot of information and inspiration from magazines, the internet, home improvement stores other remodeling companies in your area.
  • Gather materials- Now that you know what you want in your new space the next step is to gather the materials you would like.
  • Out with the old- Once, the preparation is finished, remove any items for demolition.
  • In with the new- Make sure that after the install of the new products that you inspect things and make sure it is what you want and nothing has been damaged.
  • Clean-up- Your contractor should clean up their mess when they are finished.
  • Decorate- Lastly the most creative part is decorating your new space.

 

Paint- Paint can do wonders when trying to update the look of your home. Not only can it freshen up the space but it can help with redesigning the space if you add new furniture. Remember a few things when repainting; primer, good quality paint and professional paint brushes. It really does make a big difference in how the paint looks and how long it lasts if you plan out the preparation process. Primer covers all the imperfections; quality paint and brushes will make it look professionally done. Don’t forget to tape off your edges and baseboards, it will make the process go smoother.

 

Change your cabinet hardware- This is a simple update that only involves a screwdriver and you can have a beautiful makeover without adding much cost. It doesn’t just have to be cabinets in the house but can also be dressers or other furniture pieces that you have had for awhile and look outdated. It will make a huge impact. Ther are a lot of different metals to choose from now like Stainless Steel, Nickel, Pewter, Chrome, Wrought Iron, Brushed Bronze, Matte Black, Antique Nickel, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Champagne Gold, and much much more decorative styles.

 

Update your kitchen- A full gut of an outdated kitchen will definitely add value to your house for resale but if you plan on living in it for awhile longer and just want to do something minimal then painting the cabinets or adding new doors can make the space look updated. You can also change out the counter and add a new backsplash to add more to your kitchen without spending a lot of money.

 

Install new lighting or plumbing fixtures- New faucets and light fixtures can modernize your house. Do you have an outdated chandelier that you wish was a little different or you like it but bulbs make it look outdated? Changing it can dramatically change the atmosphere. There are also a lot of different styles to choose from and just the right style can really add a bold statement to the space. Be sure to check out the industrial styles, old-world styles and new modern styles they have to offer.

 

Refresh your bathroom- Even just changing out the shower curtain or accent pieces like the towel or wall hangings can have nice space changing advantage. It will be a fresh new look and it won’t be too drastic of an expense. You can also take a little more into consideration if your willing to spend a little more and change out the vanity, mirror or reface the bathtub.

 

Redo your entryway- Add some greenery or landscaping to your front entrance will really make it more inviting. Consider also a new door or repainting the door to add a dramatic new look. If the light fixture is outdated that could be an easy fix to really brighten up the space. Even something as simple as new house numbers can change the look and feel of your curb appeal.

 

Improve your outdoor space- Adding a patio or deck can spruce up the space you already have. One idea is buying a firepit and chairs and creating another sitting area to make the space more inviting. Add some outdoor lights, potted plants and yard accents can really create a cute outdoor space and it may keep you outdoors more too.

 

Change your window coverings, throw pillows, and other accent pieces- Nowadays drapery is becoming outdated. Try to go with a sheer look or if you want to spend a little more investment in some high-quality shutters or roman shades. Changing out your accents and pillows will also update the space minimally.

 

Wallpaper an accent wall or inside a bookcase- Accent walls are becoming popular; you can go bold and try a new fun wallpaper or just paint it a different color. Built-ins are coming back in style but if you want to give it some pizzazz then think about adding something to the wall of it to make it pop like wallpaper, texture, or paint color that works well with the space.

 

Get rid of excess furniture and clutter- Decluttering your space can really make a transformation with little or no money. Take a hard look at your belongings and decide what you need, what you can part with or what you change out with to add more space to your space. Reorganize your things, create better storage and downsizing is the first thing to updating an outdated space.

 

 

    

 

Other upgrades you can do simply:

  • Add crown molding
  • Add new outlets & light switch panels
  • Upgrade appliances
  • Change out doorknobs, handles, and hinges
  • Update all your windows in the house
  • New toilets
  • Add a nest thermostat

 

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