|Eichler homes: These now-coveted mid-century marvels|
were reviled for forty years.
|San Francisco restoration specialist Thomas Leach|
had to "de-update" this Victorian house, which had
been stripped of ornament and covered with asbestos
shingles by a previous modernizer.
(Image courtesy thomasleach.com)
|A 1970s ranch-style house "updated"|
with the current uber-fad among
decorators—the sliding barn door.
For popularity, I give it five years, tops.
A basic truth of aesthetics is that the more fashionable something is now, the more unfashionable it will be later—and not very much later, mind you. Yet, driven by the relentless juggernaut of advertising and fashion industry hype, both designers and homeowners continue to buy into the oxymoronic notion that a thirty-year-old house is an embarrassment, while an "original" sixty-year-old house is a prize.
First, we’re encouraged to remove everything that makes the original house belong to its era; then, a few decades later, we’re supposed to wring our hands in regret and try to put it all back. Why not cut out the middleman, and simply keep your house in its original style?
|Spectacularly original 1970s interior. How long before|
they're back in fashion? Answer: Not long.
(Image couresty mymodernmet.com)