Mar 09, 2015

Home Features on the Endangered Species List

Home layouts, features and designs are continuously evolving.  New trends coming in signal the death of old ones and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  We’ll let you be the judge of which of these home features you’re sad to go.

Mirrored Walls Unless, you’re practicing pliés, it’s quite unlikely you’re going to see a mirrored wall in a modern home.  However, when done properly, they can add layering to a room.  Many homeowners simply aren’t willing to try them anymore because of their dated look and the fact that changing out a mirrored wall is a tedious undertaking.

Popcorn Ceilings-Popcorn ceilings reigned supreme from the 1950s through the 1980s.  Some contractors even added extra sparkle by adding ceiling glitter.  However, a quick Google search for “popcorn ceilings” produces pages and pages of ways to remove them from your home.    

Carpeting on the Walls-This trend reached the height of popularity in the 1970s.  In addition to aesthetics, it was sought after because of the warmth and soundproofing qualities it brought to a room. However, nowadays, it’s rare to find a home that’s wall-to-wall carpet, much less one that actually has carpeting on the walls.

Laundry Chute-Transporting laundry from the top floor of your home to the basement laundry room was a breeze with this contraption.  They can still be found in older homes and kits are available to retrofit newer homes.  However, they have fallen out of favor with many homeowners because they can clog, small children can get trapped in them and they can assist a house fire in spreading quicker.

Ceiling Medallions- For decorative purposes only, ceiling medallions were often placed above ornate light fixtures.  They were popular in Colonial & Victorian style homes and were a status symbol for the upper class.  They are an uncommon find in new construction homes, but can beautifully compliment a room when the correct sized medallion is used.

Dumb Waiter-Manual models are moved through a combination of pulleys and tracks to move the dumbwaiters in between stories of a home.  Already existing homes can be retrofit with them and electrical ones are now available.  We just don’t see them ever being as popular as they once were.

Milk & Package Receivers- Long gone are the days of milk being delivered to your front door.  So too, are milk and package receivers.  These cast iron frames and doors were installed in the wall.  The delivery person would drop off items, on the outside wall and when the door was closed, it would lock automatically and was only able to be opened from inside the home.


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