The glut of home renovation and house flipping shows on HGTV and other channels have people hankering for an "updated" home. One reason is for resale value- any changes should make the home easier to sell in the future. Another reason is to stay current with architectural trends.
Remodeling and other house-fussery has become a national pastime. In 2015 alone, Americans spent $326.1 billion on renovating. Previously contained to affluent households and the glossy pages of architecture magazines, remodeling has been transformed by 24/7 media like HGTV and websites like Houzz, Pinterest, and Dezeen. While older media, like early issues of House Beautiful, discusses the process as mastering the careful art of interior design, newer media is more neurotic and self-loathing, describing houses in need of renovation with words like “dated”, “immature,” or “wrong.” Whether presented as a self-improvement project (update your house lest you be judged for owning a dated one) or a form of self-care (renovate because it will make you feel better), the home remodel is presented as both remedy and requirement.
Instead of falling prey to this thinking, take a moment to consider this simple idea: There is nothing wrong with your house.
Let's be honest. If your roof or your pipes are leaking, there is something wrong with your house. The argument here, from Kate Wagner of McMansion Hell, is that you shouldn't go into debt just to make your home conform to current house trends, especially since those trends will change before you can pay off the project. Unless you are deep into the house flipping business, remodels should be approached with the idea of making your home a place you'll be happy to live in for the price of the changes. Read more about the fad of trendy remodeling at Curbed. -via Metafilter, where you'll find plenty of house stories.