On 8/24/2021 2:28 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:
> On Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 12:18:18 PM UTC-4, Michael Trew wrote:
>> It always makes me sad when people do that. Buy a new house if you want
>> an open floor plan, don't tear up a historic house. They aren't making
>> any more 100 year old homes.
> To some extent I agree, but I also see the point of adapting a house so
> that it fits your lifestyle - as long as you do it with respect. I'm glad that they
> opened this house up, I just wish they had done the trim with the respect
> that I mentioned. We'll take care of that.
That was huge gripe with my house. The floor plan hasn't changed, but
half of the first floor windows were replaced. The replacement windows
are solid 2-pane sheets of glass, that look faceless, and cannot open.
Efficient, sure, but they look awful and don't let in fresh air.
To add insult to injury, they ripped out the oak trim around the window
frames, and put up rough cut pine that doesn't even come close to
matching the rest of the oak trim in the house. All of these years
later, you can still see the knots, and a few spots still have
bleed-through after a coat of oil primer covered with latex. I suppose
it's not a big deal in a woodworking group, but it looks like a project
to me. I've done minor wood working, but I don't think I even have a
router now. I put up heavy curtains to hide the shame.
> Would you live with a 1935 kitchen just because you live in a 1935 house?
> I put wide drawers in the base cabinets. That's not how they built the
> house. Does that make you sad?
I can understand some level of modernization such as the kitchen, to
work for people today. Me personally, since you're asking me, yes I
would keep and enjoy the 1935 kitchen layout. I have my limits, if my
house still had it's original 120 year old wood cook stove, that would
be a bit much for me. I could easily handle a 1935 kitchen and
> When I imagine hanging out in my daughter's house without the open
> floor plan, I can only imagine how inconvenient it would be. Living room
> cut off from the rest of the first floor, tiny kitchen with no place to hang
> out and talk, etc.
> You see those 2 people sitting on the stools? They are talking to 3 people
> in the kitchen, 2 which are sitting opposite them chopping vegetables while
> the third prepares the turkey. 'm in the living room and can be as much a
> part of the festivities as everyone else.
> Imagine a wall in place of the peninsula and another wall between the living
> room and the dining room. Totally different - and way less enjoyable - house,
> just for the sake of preserving its original layout. Tell me how (where) the same
> 6 people are having their holiday conversation while dinner is being prepared.
> Why do you think new houses are being built the way they are? It's because it
> makes more sense. My daughter looked at another house of the same vintage
> that had retained its original layout. The rooms felt so small and completely cut
> off from each other. That was one of the main reasons she didn't buy it. No way
> for guests to mingle comfortably.
> Not opening up an older home just because it was not built that way is the
> definition of cutting of your nose to spite you face. IMO, of course. ;-)
Well, to each their own. I much prefer the original floor plan, and I
personally like having the kitchen cut off. I don't like to be bothered
while I cook, and especially in the hot months, I much prefer shutting
the kitchen off and keeping the heat/sights/sounds in the kitchen, out
of my living area. That's a feature, IMO. :) Older kitchens did have
less cabinet space, true, but they usually featured a built in as well
as a large pantry. Even a small pantry can account for several cabinets.
I've been looking for an early mid-century kitchen sink. You've
probably seen the huge white enamel top ones; I prefer the 60 - 66 inch
wide ones with double sink basins with a built in drain board on either
side... (link below) they were popular in their day with metal cabinets
under them. My requirement for moving is having a garage again. If I
found a 1935 house with a period kitchen, unaltered over the years, with
a 2 car garage, you can bet I'd move in a heart beat. Yes, I'd live in
it almost like a little museum. ;)
Side note, do also keep in mind that I'm a huge history buff, and an
architectural snob. It pains me to see people rip out history, slap up
vinyl siding, replace 100 year old double hung wooden windows with
vinyl, etc. Yes, some of that can be recreated, but when that historic
old growth lumber is gone, it's gone.