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Home trends that should go away | Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | January 13, 2010 | Kim Palmer

Posted on 01/13/2010 9:58:31 AM PST by KateUTWS

Now that the first decade of the century is in the rear-view mirror, it's time to wave buh-bye to some ubiquitous design trends that have worn out their welcome. Here are my picks:

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As per suggestion, please, no more granite!
1 posted on 01/13/2010 9:58:36 AM PST by KateUTWS
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To: KateUTWS

To be honest, I couldn’t care less what the inside of someone else’s house looks like. I like granite and two-story family rooms ... and I don’t have a fundamental problem with the “McMansion”.

The trend that really has to go is overfinancing a house you can’t afford ... 30-year financing, with features you can’t afford, an adjustable interest rate, and a balloon payment nobody can afford.

Buy within your means. Pay it off fast. Features and decorating should be to your taste.

SnakeDoc


2 posted on 01/13/2010 10:03:57 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Life is tough; it's tougher if you're stupid. -- John Wayne)
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To: KateUTWS

Thanks for the post...When everyone has it, you know the trend has peaked. Maybe strapless wedding gowns that all look alike will be the next thing to go.


3 posted on 01/13/2010 10:05:28 AM PST by MHT
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To: KateUTWS

quartz countertops for me


4 posted on 01/13/2010 10:05:45 AM PST by Ravi
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To: KateUTWS

The decade isn’t over yet.


5 posted on 01/13/2010 10:07:23 AM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: KateUTWS

I really dislike that whole ‘open space’ idea where the kitchen, dining ‘area’, living room all blur together.

It is really stupid, it’s like your sink is in the living room. Too dumb.


6 posted on 01/13/2010 10:07:42 AM PST by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think. " Adolph Hitler)
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To: KateUTWS
I see they had to insult the Italians in this stupid story. Why not insult Obama and Kenyans?
7 posted on 01/13/2010 10:09:38 AM PST by angcat (GOD SAVE US!)
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To: KateUTWS

I was thinking of sealed industrial concrete. You can color it too. Me being a Contractor I could save a lot of dough. Speaking of dough, concrete stays cool like other stone counter tops. Sealed correctly no staining either.

I still like high ceilings.


8 posted on 01/13/2010 10:09:48 AM PST by poobear
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To: SMARTY

Yes, if you cook cabbage in the kitchen, you smell cabbage in the whole house!


9 posted on 01/13/2010 10:10:30 AM PST by KateUTWS (What would a leftist do without his self-righteousness?)
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To: ReneeLynn

Who cares?

SnakeDoc


10 posted on 01/13/2010 10:11:06 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Life is tough; it's tougher if you're stupid. -- John Wayne)
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To: angcat

“Why not insult Obama and Kenyans? “

There are no stainless appliances in huts...


11 posted on 01/13/2010 10:12:07 AM PST by jessduntno (We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation..." - B. Hussein Obama)
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To: SnakeDoctor

Not about choices, about trends. Just try to design a kitchen that isn’t ‘Tuscan’. My kitchen remains in limbo because we aren’t trendy.


12 posted on 01/13/2010 10:12:28 AM PST by KateUTWS (What would a leftist do without his self-righteousness?)
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To: KateUTWS
please, no more granite!

To which my wife says, "They'll take my granite when they pry it from my cold, dead oven mitt!" I have to admit I like it too. We put it in nearly 10 years ago and haven't regretted it once. We were admiring the convenience of it over the holidays as we could take the turkey right out of the oven and stick it on the counter.

13 posted on 01/13/2010 10:12:32 AM PST by old and tired
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To: jessduntno

LOL
Good one!


14 posted on 01/13/2010 10:12:55 AM PST by angcat (GOD SAVE US!)
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To: old and tired

I must admit the ability to put hot pots on a cold granite surface is a real plus.


15 posted on 01/13/2010 10:15:03 AM PST by KateUTWS (What would a leftist do without his self-righteousness?)
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To: KateUTWS

I’d like to add formal dining rooms. We rarely use ours. The dinette is our main eating area.


16 posted on 01/13/2010 10:15:37 AM PST by jaydubya2
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To: SnakeDoctor

“Who cares?”

Obviously not the Star Tribune. They’re too busy poking their noses into people’s homes.


17 posted on 01/13/2010 10:16:30 AM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: SMARTY
I really dislike that whole ‘open space’ idea where the kitchen, dining ‘area’, living room all blur together.

I'm with you. Walls and doors were invented for a reason...that being to keep noise out so I can FReep.

18 posted on 01/13/2010 10:16:58 AM PST by freespirited (People talk about "too big to fail." Our government is too big to succeed. --Chris Chocola)
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To: SMARTY

I totally disagree. Both of my homes have had open floor plans, and I wouldn’t buy a house that didn’t have this feature. I can’t stand choppy little rooms (my perception), which invariably seems to lead to wasted space. Obviously there is a market for both types of floor plans, so not everyone sees it as I do.


19 posted on 01/13/2010 10:17:29 AM PST by VegasCowboy ("...he wore his gun outside his pants, for all the honest world to feel.")
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To: SMARTY
I really dislike that whole ‘open space’ idea where the kitchen, dining ‘area’, living room all blur together.

It's great for large family gatherings. I love this too.

To be quite honest, I've never understood this drive to be unique for indivuality's sake. Sometimes there's a good reason things like open space and granite are popular - they work with a lot of American lifestyles. If you don't like it, don't put it in your home. Who cares what the trend is.

20 posted on 01/13/2010 10:17:54 AM PST by old and tired
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To: ReneeLynn

The decade isn’t over yet.

_________________________

Do you even know what a decade is?

Yeah, yeah. I know what you mean - that there was no year one and all that crap.

But try and tell me that 1990 was not in the decade of the the 90’s. But was in the 80’s.

See how stupid that sounds?


21 posted on 01/13/2010 10:18:13 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Free Republic. The BEST place anywhere to PIMP YOUR BLOG)
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To: KateUTWS

Center island in Kitchen get rid of it. How about a nice kitchen table where the family sits down and eats dinner and maybe after it is cleaned up the kids begin their homework on the kitchen table.


22 posted on 01/13/2010 10:18:47 AM PST by cynicalman
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To: KateUTWS

The shades of red and gold as a color scheme. It’s hung on for WAY too long. I don’t want a red and gold house, thank you very much. I’ve put off buying living room furniture for 6 years, because I can’t get the colors I want. It’s all that red and gold cr@p. My living room sits unfinished. I’ll finish it when they start doing fabric in a color scheme I’m willing to live with.


23 posted on 01/13/2010 10:19:33 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: old and tired

I used to work for a home builder. He had many model homes. Some of them were $500,000+ and had no dining room. I could not believe anyone in their right mind would want a home (much less a $5000,000 home) that had no dining room.

For example, where do you serve company or have Thanksgiving diner if you don’t have a dining room?


24 posted on 01/13/2010 10:22:26 AM PST by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think. " Adolph Hitler)
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To: MHT
Maybe strapless wedding gowns that all look alike will be the next thing to go.

After the wedding, her gown was the first thing to go. Can't remember if it was strapless or not...

25 posted on 01/13/2010 10:23:52 AM PST by Egon (The difference between Theory and Practice: In Theory, there is no difference.)
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To: jaydubya2
I’d like to add formal dining rooms. We rarely use ours.

Every home I've ever lived in has had a formal dining room, and I've lived in some pretty modest row homes. Over the years, our dining rooms have been spare bedrooms, storage rooms, offices, play rooms, and only very rarely, dining rooms. Somebody must use them though because you never see houses being built without them.

26 posted on 01/13/2010 10:25:31 AM PST by old and tired
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To: SMARTY

I disagree. I like being able to converse with my husband who’s in the computer area while I’m in the kitchen, or let the baby sit in the living room while I pull in laundry from the washer. Open floor plans work great for a lot of people, especially young families.


27 posted on 01/13/2010 10:26:10 AM PST by JenB
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yes, I do know what a decade is. It’s ten years. I can’t change that. Sorry.


28 posted on 01/13/2010 10:27:47 AM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: SnakeDoctor
To be honest, I couldn’t care less what the inside of someone else’s house looks like. I like granite and two-story family rooms ... and I don’t have a fundamental problem with the “McMansion”.

Every two-story family room I've ever been in sounded like a barn. I couldn't whisper without an echo.
29 posted on 01/13/2010 10:33:17 AM PST by BikerJoe
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To: poobear
I still like high ceilings

Me too. Nothing, to me, is more claustrophobic than a ceiling that I can rest my hand on when I stand up and stretch.

I'm not all that tall. But there are plenty of 8' (or 7+') ceilings out there. :-)

30 posted on 01/13/2010 10:36:31 AM PST by wbill
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To: SMARTY
For example, where do you serve company or have Thanksgiving diner if you don’t have a dining room?

We use our very large formal living room, which we intentionally keep sparsely furnished. We long ago gave away our formal dining set to one of our grown kids. Since we'll often have 30 plus people for a sit down holiday meal, our old formal set was useless anyway to us as it could only comfortably sit 10 to 12.

Here's what we do every Christmas and Thanksgiving. I run 2 sets of 2 cafeteria tables lengthwise (4 tables total) and I put some MDF that I fashioned with rounded corners and can be hinged together on top of them. We stick some table cloths on and just like that we've got two 18 foot long tables side by side. Works like a charm.

My wife is happy not to have the dining tables up all year as she swears they're just good for collecting clutter.

31 posted on 01/13/2010 10:37:32 AM PST by old and tired
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To: KateUTWS

The butler’s pantry off the main bedroom suite.

Aw come on. How pretentious is that?

The McMansions in our area have this feature and not one of the homes has a butler working there.


32 posted on 01/13/2010 10:37:56 AM PST by OpusatFR (Tagline not State Approved. Thoughts not State Approved. Actions not State Approved)
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To: BikerJoe

Yes, add hardwood floors and spike heels and it sounds like a marching band!


33 posted on 01/13/2010 10:39:41 AM PST by KateUTWS (What would a leftist do without his self-righteousness?)
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To: Hoffer Rand

Sounds to me like you missed the most current trend of chocolate brown and light blue. Sort of mud brown with water accents.
Awful!


34 posted on 01/13/2010 10:42:04 AM PST by KateUTWS (What would a leftist do without his self-righteousness?)
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To: SMARTY

I have a generous space for the kitchen table, and a small dining room - neither allows for more than 8 to sit comfortably, and you have to put the table on the diagonal in the dining room. Both spaces redundant and too small.

If I could redesign my house, there would be only one eating room. Formal enough for holidays and tough enough for every day. A pass-through window with generous counter to act as a buffet, stools for snacks on the kitchen side. Serving would be easy, and the kitchen screened from the dining/living area. Maybe shutters to close it off.

And the living room should be open to the dining room so you could extend into there for a large number of guests AND ON THE SAME LEVEL!!!! Whose dumb idea was it to design a split level where the living room is three steps up?

Flexible space is the ticket and I do not have it.


35 posted on 01/13/2010 10:43:43 AM PST by heartwood
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To: cynicalman
...maybe after it is cleaned up the kids begin their homework on the kitchen table.

I'm a single father raising two daughters, one 7 the other 17. The concept of a "cleaned up" kitchen table is completely foreign to me.

36 posted on 01/13/2010 10:44:31 AM PST by Ignatz (Helping others to be more like me since 1960!)
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To: old and tired

I like your idea.


37 posted on 01/13/2010 10:44:54 AM PST by heartwood
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To: KateUTWS

1. Reading the Star Tribune


38 posted on 01/13/2010 10:46:46 AM PST by pogo101
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To: KateUTWS

I now have granite.

But they can have my Billy Bigmouth talking bass when they pry it from my cold dead hands.


39 posted on 01/13/2010 10:55:02 AM PST by envisio (Need tires? See my profile.)
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To: wbill

You’ve got that right. I grew up in home my father built from a one room cabin. He’s a short fella and I never noticed it until a friend came over and thought we lived in a doll house!

We really thought we’d “moved on up” when Dad moved us to a conventional home. Ah, memories.


40 posted on 01/13/2010 10:57:58 AM PST by poobear
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To: KateUTWS

Why can’t walls be made of something other than fragile, delicate sheetrock. You hit it with a piece of furniture, a door, and you get a hole. Try to get your kids and their spaghetti hands from the table to the bathroom to wash without touching the walls. Spaghetti stains white paint and you can’t wash it off, the paint comes off instead but a pale pink shadow remains. Try to find matching paint for touch ups. You can’t paint over sharpie writing.


41 posted on 01/13/2010 10:58:25 AM PST by sportutegrl (I was for Sarah Palin before being for Sarah was cool.)
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To: SMARTY
It's called a log cabin.

I'd love a house with 12 little rooms...one which would be a library.

42 posted on 01/13/2010 11:02:10 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: KateUTWS

Oh yes, the brown and torquoise. I’ve seen that. Hideous. Like I said, I have the funds, but I’m waiting until something more to my taste comes along.


43 posted on 01/13/2010 11:06:35 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: JenB
"...I like being able to converse with my husband who’s in the computer area while I’m in the kitchen,..."

Our house was built in 1950, and is all hardwood floor. I never realized how sound seemed actually magnified by the floor, until I realized the loud noise I kept hearing every night was my (not fat, subadult) cat walking down the hall. The cat actually makes the floors creak, they are so old.

I can be in the kitchen and clearly hear my wife (at the far end of the house)in the bath tub summoning me for another cocktail; She knows I can hear her so there is no use trying to hide.

So yeah, all you folks with newer homes don't know what you're missing.

On the plus side, my home came with an old, decrepit nuclear fallout shelter underneath our back yard, which is totally cool, IMHO.

44 posted on 01/13/2010 11:33:55 AM PST by I Buried My Guns (BLOAT: Buy Lots Of Ammo Today)
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To: ReneeLynn

Alright, lets say its Dec,31,1999, 11:59pm
The clock ticks...Hurray! New decade!

2000 to 2001 thats the first year
2001 to 2002 second year
2002 to 2003 third year
2003 to 2004 fourth year
2004 to 2005 fifth year
2005 to 2006 sixth year
2006 to 2007 seventh year
2007 to 2008 eighth year
2008 to 2009 ninth year
2009 to 2010 tenth year

Thats ten years.
Jan 1, 2010... start over.


45 posted on 01/13/2010 11:46:53 AM PST by envisio (Need tires? See my profile.)
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To: envisio

Hahaha, no. 2011 starts the eleventh year. Since this year is not over yet it has not been a full ten years = decade. So, that’s 9 years and 12 days and 15 hours and 14 minutes so far.


46 posted on 01/13/2010 12:13:29 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: ReneeLynn

NO

How many years has someone lived if its their tenth birthday? They have been alive a decade on their tenth birthday.

Zero to one is the first year.
One to two is the second year.
So on, so forth....
Nine to ten is the tenth year.

You are mistaking for time lasp for anniversaries.
Zero to one is one year of time, the first year.
Even though someone is not 1 year old until their first birthday, zero to one was still their first year. Nine to ten is their tenth year.


47 posted on 01/13/2010 12:25:18 PM PST by envisio (Need tires? See my profile.)
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To: ReneeLynn

“””””2011 starts the eleventh year.”””””

2011 starts the 2012th year.

2011 years have already passed.


48 posted on 01/13/2010 12:28:43 PM PST by envisio (Need tires? See my profile.)
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To: KateUTWS

Nope sorry. It is cheaper to build a 2 story home than it is to have the same SF on a asingle floor. I use my kitchen and will have commercial stainess steel appliances and probably the faux grante that is made from an eboxy and grantine scraps, it is more durable than real granite.


49 posted on 01/13/2010 12:34:27 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: VegasCowboy

Me too. I hate homes that have tiny little sealed rooms. It makes the whole house look much larger whan the area is open like they were in old Victorian homes.


50 posted on 01/13/2010 12:37:12 PM PST by chris_bdba
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