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Don't fall for someone's idea of what your house should look like. It's no shame to live in a cottage versus a mansion. Clean, clutter free and repaired within your means works too.
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Your exactly right. the old plywood would be there another forty years. !! The education system is upside down. "Tenure" is the culprit ! The teaching proffession is lost in pursuit of progressing in the system. Every body wants to advance in the bureaucracy. Every body wants to be an administrator. A Principal, or an assistant to the Principal, Running a school like any business is a science of getting proper "Quid pro quo". For the available money. The product of the teachers education is a TEACHER ! .A TEACHER struggling to advance in a world of business with a Union that can't even drop an incompetent teacher, and saddled with the notion, to get ahead you have to get the hell out of the classroom!! The ones who do actually porogress, Are woefully over their heads, (Peter principal ) (ie: "advance to the level of their incompetence") about, containing costs. Mostly aren't aware of it. Dedicated teachers, are lost in the rat race.. In about 25 years the teachers union has taken us from 1st in the world to about 26th. The plywood cabinets did not make that happen!!!
Everybody just wants to rip out the old and replace with the mundane granite and stainless steel. The older styles were timeless and the appliances still work today because when you bought a refrigerator it was to last for ever. People are turning the housing market into a dying style. If everyone has granite and stainless steel.... Who is going to stand out and make a statement. What will all of you do when the granite and stainless steel era moves on to pink, turquoise, and rust colored appliances and boomerang countertops again. Every style comes and goes with the times and the 50's 60's retro look will come back with one downside. People have already thrown out all the durable items from the past, and now will have to pay 3000 for a vintage-looking refrigerator or stoven and a fortune for the formica countertop. Also if you tear out appliances, tiles, tubs, cabinets and countertops, use ebay and other services because there are people who will pay good money for the unwanted.
Please don't listen to advice from experts like this. For anyone out there who thinks that remodeling something outdated will add value, let me say this...I've been looking for a house for a year and will not buy an old house with an "updated" kitchen and/or bath unless expertly planned by an educated designer where style and quality were as important as the context of the rest of the house. Making your house look like everyone else's will not add value, it just means that when you sell you now have a whole bunch of other houses to compete with.
Granite is not always an upgrade to plastic laminate (Formica is a brand name, not the product) when it does not fit the style and character of the house overall. In those situations, you'll lower the quality of the house.
WHAT DOES IT FREAKIN' MATTER?! As long as its clean, comfortable, and functional, what does it matter! Who are you trying to impress with your bathroom! And with prices the way they are, it matters even less as long as its clean, comfortable, and functional.
What is wrong with people!!
My husband and I have an old 2BR+1BTH house with galvanized pipes. A few months ago, we called a plumber to fix a leak. He said that because all of our plumbing is located in one spot (bathroom next to the kitchen, laundry in basement directly below kitchen sink) and is exposed and easily accessible in the basement, he could easily replace all the galvanized pipes with pex tubing. He said that with labor and parts, it'd only cost us about $500, and he could do the entire house in just half a day. That's far less than what this article quoted.
And, who honestly calls professionals to come in and replace doorknobs and light fixtures? I first started doing those things myself when I was in my teens and I wanted to redecorate my bedroom. If a totally inexperienced teen can do it, then just about anyone can!
Depending on what you want, there are simple, inexpensive, creative ways to "fix up" an outdated room. I have, not even nice paneling in my dining room - cheap wallboard! I filled the cracks with spackeling, smoothed it out, painted over the paneling in two colors (one top and one bottom) with a wallpaper border separating the two at the level you would put a chair rail. Stick on tiles rejeuvenated the floor and the furnishings I already had made the room beautiful.
For a bath like above, paint, curtains and new linoleum would do wonders. White would lighten the room and a hanging plant near the window would bring the outdoors in and make the room appear larger. Not to mention mirrors.
michiganapple, You are working with the wrong contractors. First of all a 15 year warranty is bogus. With in a 15 year time, your contractor can sell his company to a cousin and void your warranty. Second, $3500 is a bit much unless you are living New York. What I am trying to say is your being robbed.