Posted in: Louisville Homes Information, Louisville Real Estate, Real Estate News, Author: Younger Group (July 26, 2012)
When you are looking for a new Louisville home, you may want less space, either because of the needs of your family or your commitment to living a smaller-scaled, more sustainable life. If you want to keep the price near the average price for the area ($178,249), you may come to the same conclusion reached in a recent MSN real estate article: homes built in the 1970s have good bones, some desirable design features, and just the right amount of space. You might not seek out a home from this decade, but many had features that work well today that you might keep in mind when house -hunting..
You may see “newer” homes as “better,” but the crops of homes produce 40 years ago might be worth a look. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development say the median U.S. home was built in 1974. What’s to like about home from this era?
Smaller size: The average home size is currently 2,480 square feet in contrast to 1,660 square feet back in 1973. More space means more to clean, more to heat, and more to clutter. More homeowners are realizing this; 2011 survey from the National Association of Home Builders suggested that smaller homes are coming into vogue again.
Fewer stairs: Staircases add character to home, plus allow builders to create more less on less land. As Baby Boomers seek retirement homes, one-floor homes are easier to maneuver.
Some green features: The energy crisis of the early 1970′s jumpstarted the interest in green features in homes. Technology has improved since this time, but you might find some solar and wind energy equipment still in place.
Simpler roofs: The multiple peaks and gables of modern roofs may be attractive, but the lower, simpler roofs of years past are easier to repair.
Green walls: Letting ivy cover your siding was thought to take on toll on brickwork, but recent studies have shown that walls benefit from being covered by plants. Why? The plants absorb the temperatures, pollution, and moisture. The plant-covered wall popular in earlier days are akin to the green roofs fashionable in NuLu buildings.
Awnings: Although homeowners opt for pricey SunSetter awnings to shade porches and decks, window awnings are less popular than they were in the 70s when whole-house air conditioning was less popular. Awnings are still a great way to keep your energy bills down by keeping your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
Great materials: Older homes may have used more natural materials. Cork, now a trendy sustainable flooring material, was used in the 1970′s. Wood was often from old-growth forests, now considered bad environmental practice, which produced durable boards that could be cut more accurately than wood from newer trees. Now, reclaimed wood as well as engineered lumber, attempts to offer similar benefits – but if you can get old wood, why not? Consciousness of the dangers of lead paint came to the fore in the late 1970′s, so homes from this era or later may be free of these substances under later coats of paint.
Looking for a right-sized home that has desirable features you’ll love? Call me, Mollie Younger, of the Younger Group Real Estate. I can point you to homes in neighborhoods that have properties you’ll love that include some of the features mentioned here.
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