Retro Renovating Existing Quality Kitchen for Resale

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Retro Renovating Existing Quality Kitchen for Resale

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Reader Kate and Tom recently asked how to approach a retro renovation of their 1960s kitchen—updated in the style of the 1990s by the previous owners — with the aim of being thrifty, especially in the face of a possible resale in the future. I gave other reader time to intervene, and now it’s my turn. In this story, I’m referring to research that points out why you don’t usually get your money back for renovations — so beware if you’re not made of money… I highlight the comments of reader that resonate with me… and I offer my advice for Kate and Tom’s kitchen updates to give it a retro look within the limits of the cupboard and countertop cards that have been distributed to them. Above: kitchen with Vintage 1960s kitchen wallpaper by Hannah’s Treasures.

In short: a lot – I see that research suggests that 90% of renovation projects do not fully return the money you spent on the projects when you sell your house. Read my story and the links to all the information from the main source, and you decide. If you are “renovating for resale”, you should be aware of the peril. If you’re renovating to make the house your own — as a discretionary expense-well, that’s a whole other matter; Of course, over the course of my life, I have spent a lot, a lot of money on my houses that I didn’t get back when I sold them, or I doubt that I ever will. Above: kitchen with 1960s floral wallpaper by Hannah’s Treasures
Beware of the trend: I wanted to present Kate and Tom’s kitchen for another reason: it shows how massively popular design features of an era can become old-fashioned and “obsolete” quite quickly.

The best example in this kitchen: the granite countertops. Many reader have pointed out the spotted gray Granite countertops in “Screaming 1990s” in the comments, and I agree. Now, however, the Granite is “out” and the quartz countertops are crucially “in”.”Some reader recommended replacing granite with quartz. I wouldn’t do that. Who knows how long the quartz countertops will be elegant? One of the things I also remember from reading the remodeling survey is that the modifications made and estimated were for parts that would be sold immediately. This suggests that if you find yourself in a “hot” region of the country where such investments are likely to recoup the highest, you should make the investments just before the planned sale so that what you choose is elegant. Even if you don’t get your investment back, be aware of the peril — spaces like kitchens and bathrooms are so personal about the wishes of buyers.

Honestly, and this is coming from someone who is shopping at home, don’t do anything but paint, curtains and Accessories if you are trying to look retro. Why? I love retro and would love to find an ultimate retro renovation to buy. But as for the number of people who buy? I am unique. And I said Reno because I want a kitchen that works well. Not to mention the fact that one person’s cool 60s renovation is another person’s 60s renovation. Unless you plan to make it your forever home, leave the big ticket and time-consuming food off the menu, unless they are timeless choices. Good Luck????

…. It seems that you don’t think that you will always stay in this house. Do what you can with inexpensive changes and use your big money for things you can take with you or save to make your next home a reality sooner. My last house was built by someone with a sensitivity to the country kitchen of 1982. We replaced and painted the Cutsey Hahn cornflower sapphire wallpaper, but we left the oak cabinets which were the opposite of our tastes, but well built and in good condition. The house had other things that we loved at the time with young children: a large fenced yard, an awesome neighborhood, 5 bedrooms and a large finished basement for playing. We only thought about it when the things we couldn’t change annoyed us. We saved our money and bought a plot of land to build a house that matched our style much better. The other house was sold to the first family who looked at it!


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