Becoming Besties with Your House
Understanding your home can help you set reasonable expectations when planning your projects.
Most of us have considerations beyond aesthetics when we select a home: school districts, budgets, neighborhood amenities, proximity to our jobs, etc. And while those are all great reasons, they do leave opportunity for us to shine glaring light on its shortcomings. How many times have you said, “It’s perfect… but _________”
- the closets are too small
- the kitchen doesn’t have enough counter space
- I wish it had a bay window
and so on…
By understanding the history of your house and the time period in which it was built, you will have a new appreciation for why the kitchen was designed the way it was and why the closets are that size.
For example, did you know that ranch-style homes first made their appearance in the 1920s and there was a boom in the building of these homes from the 1940s through the 1970s? Their livability, flexibility in floor plans and uncomplicated design were perfect for the post-World War II growth of American suburbs. (1)
A study conducted in 1956 by the department of housing and urban development, found that female homeowners wanted a screened off area where guests can remove wet clothing and dripping umbrellas before entering the house. A vestibule entrance was the result of a functional necessity both for housekeeping and for living. (2)
Pretty cool stuff, huh? The burden is now off your home and back on the historical need at the time it was built so grab a Sherlock Holmes hat (or is that just me?) and get your investigation on!
(1) Facts on Ranch-Style Homes
Tony Guerra – https://homeguides.sfgate.com/ranch-style-homes-1473.html
(2) Ncptt | Identifying the 1950s Ranch House Interior As a Cultural Resource