Here’s a pair, transforming their new purchase into good ol’ home sweet home.
In today’s market, we see a lot of home buyers getting their hands dirty in home renovation, house flips, DIY projects, you name it. Are these trends that will come and go or is this the new reality of home buying? Moreover, is this how home buyers have always functioned, yet it is just more noticeable in today’s market?
Does a house have more charm and character if it’s lived through the decades, with many stories to tell? Here is an excellent example of a cute, quaint 1940s home in the process of getting a face lift. Although not complete, these guys are off to a great start! Recently purchased, they started with the living room, the attic space and the sunroom/ four season room.
- removal of carpeting to expose real hardwood flooring
- fresh coats of paint
- keep watch for the next batch of pictures showing their progress
In the interest of curiosity, here is some information about where houses like this one originated and why they still stand today. It’s interesting to note the number of homes we see today that are still used, but originate from the mid 1900s, or before. The cyclical nature of societal trends and the impact of historical events on the world we live in today is particularly interesting to consider as well. Did the late World War II generation have a large impact on the homes we live in today?
In 50 years, will today’s new homes be the readily available ones that many will live in and give new life to? Will the cycle of refurbishing, renovating and redoing homes still be the norm?
The cute home seen here was built in 1940. Because of the area it’s in, it was likely established as a rural neighborhood home, meaning it is apart of a grouping of homes built near stores or small-scale industry. The population of any town outside of Marquette within the Upper Peninsula is still small, resulting in the rural neighborhood layout or setup still seen today.
All about rural neighborhoods:
Rural neighborhoods are further distinguished by different lot sizes as well as varied placement of houses and outbuildings on those various lots. Basically, there is no cookie-cutter layout for neighborhoods such as this one, opposite that of a planned suburban neighborhood or an urban development. Between the 1750s and the 1940s, regulation was practically non-existent in rural neighborhoods. In addition, slow-growing economies did not yield large, urban residential developments.
Today, towns with populations of less than 10,000 are considered small. Towns that grew with industry developments and became cities still may retain many of their rural neighborhood streetscapes. Considering that Negaunee has maintained it’s small town stature, it isn’t hard to imagine why the original homes are still in place. Rural neighborhood development began to change during the World War II era. Large city standards with regulations and suburban developments stemmed, due in part to the growth of industry and commerce.
To conclude, it’s great to be able to maintain pieces of historical America. Let’s preserve the originality of homes like this one and keep them around for another 100 years to come. Then, they’ll really have some unique stories to tell.
Historical information courtesy of:
McAlester, Virginia Savage. (2013). A Field Guide to American Houses. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, LLC. Toronto: Random House of Canada Limited.