When This Old House Becomes This New Teardown

Irwin Weiner ASID - We're in the process of selling our house in Bucks County, PA after 8 wonderful years of living there. We took a modest 1900 farmhouse and took a year to gut the original core house and refashion it into a more spacious, updated space. The house has since been published in shelter magazines, and we've made wonderful memories there. It will be sad to move on, but we love Bucks County and will look for something else in the area.  

But this time, our inclination is to look for a complete teardown. It's more expensive to remodel and renovate This Old House than it is to build from scratch, and many homeowners haven't figured that out yet. It's costly in daily lifestyle to live in the midst of remodeling - not to mention the mess everywhere - but it's oftentimes better to look for a great lot on a choice piece of land and a hovel that you can simply tear down and start over with. That's basically what the couple in today's featured video did: they left the outer facade, but blew away the rest of the house and made it fit their vision.

Think of the practicalities of eliminating an old-fashioned living room, focusing on adding more open space in a great room adjacent to dining and kitchen areas. Think of a brand-new master bedroom suite, with spacious walk-in closets and spa-like en suite bathrooms. You can recycle old materials into your new design, go greener and energy-efficient with your building materials, appliances, and heating and cooling systems. You're not hemmed in by the old, and you can run amok for $170/square foot of finished space - or more - yes, you can spend much more, but control yourself, and save room in your budget to hire a good interior designer!


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