Words of Wisdom

Don Hershey Wall Unit (photo by Ralph Meranto)

Beautiful mid-century details, like this wall unit in a Don Hershey designed home are ending up in dumpsters. (Photo and text by Ralph Meranto.)

Thanks to Ralph Meranto for his thought-provoking article in the Democrat & Chronicle this past week. Here’s a portion of it:

…A recent article in the D&C Real Estate section explored a Brighton home that owners spent $30,000 to “renovate” while prepping to sell. In the article they discussed painting, removing worn carpet and refinishing hardwood floors. Those moves make good sense because they freshen without destroying original details. But the family also painted their fireplace and original 1950s wood cabinets in the kitchen. These decisions can turn off a buyer looking for an original 50s style and do not hide the fact that the house and cabinets are 60 years old. In my home, a previous owner actually chopped off part of the fireplace hearth to make room for a piece of furniture.

The article also mentioned that the home-owners replaced the kitchen linoleum that “was in vogue mid-century”. Guess what? Mid-century homes are in vogue again. Original-condition homes from this time are selling fast, so your updates could actually hurt chances to sell your home…

Click here to read the entire article.

Ralph’s Arts Blog can be read daily at: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/blog/communityartsblog/

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