It seems that, in this day and age, we can’t leave things alone when it comes to our homes. Have you noticed that was a different story for our grandparents? Often houses built after the second world war to drag us out of recession and give our homecoming troops and their families a place to live, remained like time capsules, until our grandparents passed away, and the home was moved on to the next owner. There are still a few old properties that necessitate the donning of an overcoat and shoes just to use the toilet that is in the garden. These properties now, however, are being consigned to history. Even homes built in the 1970’s were dull and uninspiring at the time. There are still plenty of properties out there that have been lovingly cared for in their original, pristine condition.
In this article, you will find the top home renovations that have been carried out over the last 50 years in an attempt to make our surroundings a little more pleasant.
As mentioned earlier, bringing the toilet inside the house was a great leap forward in comfort. Perhaps when the houses were built, it would have been considered unclean or maybe it wasn’t considered at all. Whatever the reasons, bringing the toilet inside the home brought about the end of the chamber pot under the bed.
Kitchens comprised of individual pieces of furniture and only had the sink fitted. The fitted kitchen was a major revolution in design. Now it is a standard upgrade and with so many designs to choose from, the value of your home can increase considerably.
As with the kitchen, getting a new bathroom right can make your home worth more. Today, you are able to research various products if you're renovating your bathroom, online. This is a luxury that previous generations had to work without. Installing a new bathroom often needs a very large budget to get the best results, but, as you relax in the new whirlpool bath, it all seems worth it.
Nothing has improved our comfort at home more than central heating. No longer do we dread climbing out of the bath into a sub-zero degree bathroom, teeth chattering, until we get dressed. There is coming a time soon when gas is either going to run out or be too expensive for the masses, so we may find ourselves shivering again very soon. Central heating has saved millions of the lives of people with lung conditions too.
Housed that were built before the 1970’s had wiring with rubber insulation installed. After a couple of decades, the insulation perished and all of those houses have had to be rewired. There is bound to be some out there that have not had the wiring replaced, but the risk isn’t worth taking. The rewiring process only takes a couple of weeks at most, but it is very intrusive. Floorboards will need to be lifted in every room so that new wiring can be pulled through, and new channels may need to be cut into the plaster on the walls.
Those are the most popular and, in some cases, necessary renovations that our older homes have gone through during their lifetimes. Some have drastically improved our quality of life at home, and others were carried out to improve the looks. All of them have added to our economy by keeping money moving, and people employed. It does make you wonder what inventions are coming next doesn’t it?