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.
- 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???