The Old, The New or The Invented?

The Old, The New or The Invented?

Regina Yunghans
May 27, 2010

We're all interested in design here in the Apartment Therapy community. So, let us ask you this: You're starting from scratch seeking out a long-term home purchase. You have the ability and desire to design your own home, but you also appreciate older homes and contemporary architecture. Do you:

A) Purchase a nice, old home with some original details and fix it up where necessary.

B) Go for a contemporary home that is a lot like something you would build for yourself and was built within the last three years.

C) Jump in all the way and design your own home, hire a contractor, and have it built.

Costs are of similar magnitude, though the purchase price of the contemporary home may be higher and require no renovation. The older home may be cheaper upfront but require additional cash for updates. And of course, the design of your own would have to be budgeted to allow for contractor's fees, contingencies, and living elsewhere during construction.

What factors would come into play for you? The environmental effect of "recycling" an old house or of building a super-efficient new one? The concern for quality of construction that just doesn't seem as good today as it was 100 years ago? The convenience of moving right in without having to do any work on a new-ish home? Or the desire to design your own home that has the perfect layout and feel tailored just for you?

Please let us know what your train of thought would be in the comments below!

ALSO FROM APARTMENT THERAPY: Bruce Wilkin and Ann Hillyer's Contemporary Home

Images: John Gruen/This Old House, Ocho House via re-nest, Stellar Homes

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