20 Trends to skip (or keep) for 2010

green and grey walls with wood floor and blue and black rug

BHG assembled a brain trust to discuss home features that we might want to skip or splurge on in 2010. Some I agree with, some I do not.

First the 'skips':

  • Crown molding. The BHG gurus say skip it due to cost considerations. They suggest wainscoting or chair rail as an alternative, which are simple DIY additions. 
  • Fancy tile (which is code for 'expensive'). Instead use tile  ceramic (or porcelain) in kitchens and baths. 
  • Fancy lighting fixtures all over the house. Only put one or two in common areas. 
  • Expensive custom kitchen cabinetry. The mid-range stuff comes with excellent features these days. 
  • High end flooring alternatives. They say stick to a nice quality carpet. 
  • For big impact use paint to save on redecorating. 
  • Skip built-ins and buy free-standing pieces.
  • New tubs. (Re-line the old one.)
  • Expensive front door overhauls. (Update by changing your door's hardware, house number, etc.)
  • Big box stores. (Buying locally in some instances can be less expensive, and it's good for your local economy.)

Now for the slurges:

  • Ten or more foot ceilings. (This would make Sarah Susanka tsk, tsk, tsk.)
  • Heated bathroom floors. (Our upstairs bath has a heated floor, thanks to the heat duct that runs in between the floor joists.)
  • Permanently-wired exterior for Christmas lights. 

Exterior of house decorated in lights

  • Pot fillers.
  • Media rooms.
  • Home security.
  • Towel warmers.
  • One more garage stall than you need. (For storage.) 
  • Walk-in shower. (Especially for mobility issues for an aging population.)
  • A wine cellar. 

So, what do you think? What is or would be on your splurge and skip lists???

(For the entire article go to BHG.)

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