what counts as an 'old house'
I've been lurking here for awhile and really enjoying learning about everyone's houses, and just picking up the lingo and ethics of owning/restoring an old house.
I have a question for folks here-- is a post-war 1947 blah ranch house an "old house"? I really love my house but I am pretty sure it wasn't anything special even when it was built. Houses just like it are being torn down right and left because they have really weird layouts (as mine does) and are hard to work with.
On the other hand, there are cute little details to my house that I love, and the floors are gorgeous. I sort of want to preserve the house because of its history, but no architect or designer I have over here seems to be remotely interested in the house. They just want to "freshen it up" and all of them say it is "just a tear down."
Is this just because right now newer "tuscan" homes are the rage? Will these 1940's houses be more valued later? Or are they not valued because they are not... valuable?
And (enough questions for you?) I wonder what responsibility I have to the house? Does a house like this have the same integrity as, say, a beautiful 1900 house with beautiful woodwork? Or can I do anything to it and not feel badly about it? I know the truth is somewhere in the middle, but reading here has me wondering exactly what the rules are.
thanks! sorry this is so long!