Question: Preserving character & details
I've been reading over on the older homes forum, and a few other forums too, about their interest in preservation of a home's character and original details.
For those of us who live in a NON-historic home, or so we presume, and without a thought to the era in which our smaller homes were built, it is not in the forefront of our plans to increase the liveability of our home spaces.
But now, I am wondering if what I am doing to my 1950s cottage is going to damage the authenticity of the house? Folks who remodelled old homes and put in the now-regrettable 1970s style kitchens, were they doing then what we'll be accused of doing down the road by another generation of home buyers?
I try to be true to the house, and make my changes appear as a natural outgrowth of the house....like the folks in New England did when they built the tiny capes and subsequently kept adding on to them, and even the additions were a natural outgrowth of the changes in the family.
Even seashells keep growing, as long as they are alive. And the creature that lives in the shell needs more space, so it grows. Or if it is a hermit crab, it moves on. I think of my home as an organic extension of myself. I am very much connected to the places I've lived.
How about yourselves? Is this a thought which comes to your mind when you plan a renovation or a remodel?