You’re [tag-tec]rehabbing[/tag-tec], [tag-self]remodeling[/tag-self], or simply working on your own home. How far can you go? Is it really smart to buck the trends, neighbors and general convention?
Let me say I love contemporary. I’m going through my minimalist mod mode about now. I guess I’m getting tired of Tudor because I’ve lived in a Tudor for a long time. But I may be the exception. Tutors are very hot in Nashville.
Is it really okay to invest in the newer forms? That box-like simplicity that rids you of all that architectural junk from the 50’s?
It depends. Do you really want to guarantee a profit? Builders and [tag-ice]-rehabbers[/tag-ice] know what works and how much they’re going to have to pay to get it to work. That’s why you don’t see many of them going out on a limb very often. They’re in this business to make money, not to lose money.
I wouldn’t get caught up in newness just for the sake of being different, even if I’m building my own dream [tag-cat]home[/tag-cat]. Why? Because I’m always thinking about the future buyer. Will it sell? And will it sell quickly?
Is it really smart to narrow down your future market? Do you want to appeal to many buyers, or only to a few? I definitely think that’s a no-brainer.
“I’m just mystified that people want the newest cell phone and the newest car and the newest gadget. They like those things-yet much of what they live in is based in the 1950’s,” a contemporary home owner recently told the Tennessean.
Don’t bet on it.