A few months ago, our general contractor, who is also the president of the local homebuilders’ association, told me there’s a true movement nationwide among millenials to choose existing homes—especially historic ones—over new construction.
I hope he’s right, and when it comes to my own family, the “trend” is definitely a reality.
My sister bought this cute storybook Tudor last fall. She and her husband have already painted the interior, dressed up their front door with mossy-green paint, updated their landscaping, added fencing, and purchased cabinets for a kitchen remodel. Today when we drove by their place, Lonnie said, “If everyone on this street did what they’ve done to their house, this entire neighborhood would look awesome.” He’s right! They’ve done a great job in just a few months’ time. And I love that original shake roof with all its “waves.”
And just last week, my brother-in-law and his wife purchased this yellow Cape Cod a few doors down from us. It’s a great home they can live in for a long time, and they love the exterior (look at that shake roof and happy siding color), the mature trees, the hardwoods hiding under the carpet, and the cozy finished attic space.
Congrats and a pat on the back to all young couples choosing to love an old house back to life! I hope you’ll inspire your peers to do the same. •