AT on ... Living with What You've Got

AT on ... Living with What You've Got

Stephanie Kinnear
Jun 17, 2009

Recently, my partner and I have been looking more seriously at the open houses and for sale signs in our neighborhood. We've always rented, so the idea of updating or changing anything (other than the paint) in our home has never seemed like a possibility. Over the weekend we looked at a house. We liked it. And my nesting instinct went into overdrive ...

(P.S. This picture isn't the house, it's just a cute bungalow in Sacramento)

The kitchen was nice. But I thought: It would be so much nicer with cork flooring and paperstone countertops (even though the stone flooring and granite counters are obviously new).

The flooring was nice, but one look at the carpet in the bedroom and I thought: Wouldn't some FLOR carpet tiles be better.

In essence, I was mentally updating a house that didn't need updating. Rather than ripping out the counters and flooring and installing "greener" materials, the greenest option would obviously be to live with the materials that are there. Sometimes it's just a little difficult to get our minds to think that way.

Do you have similar conflicts of thinking?

(Oh, and if we did buy the house, I would totally replace the front lawn with an edible landscape à la Fritz Haeg!)

(Image: Flickr member jlt licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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