15 Jul 2011
Renovation shows have taken over our television screens and not only are they entertaining us but they also provide a great way to learn a little bit more about properties and real estate too.
One thing in particular that has sparked my interest on the TV show The Block, is the discussion that many contestants have been having over whether or not it’s better to retain a home’s old and original charm, or get rid of the old to bring in the new.
Neither option is necessarily better, but it is important to think about what buyers are looking for in your area. In Melbourne’s Richmond where the Block is being filmed, buyers have been known to look for that old Victorian charm where vintage fireplaces, ceiling roses and ornate cornice can all help add to the old-world appeal of a home.
We can see the same kind of thing in many parts of Brisbane, where old Queenslanders, with timbers floors and VJ walls, prove to be very popular amongst buyers.
If you go to newer suburbs though, older features aren’t as favoured and shiny and new is the way to go. This is especially the case for new developments and areas like Newstead as an example, where new apartments and finishes take centre-stage.
If you are trying to decide whether to go for old or new in your home it is really important to consider the area that you’re in and the types of properties that you’re surrounded by. If you’re not really sure what kind of features neighbouring homes have on the inside, then check out real estate websites and look at how other people have designed their home’s interior. You may also like to have a chat with local builders or real estate agents who will know what interior styles are popular in your area.
Both new and older-style buildings can look great and sometimes even a combination of the two elements can work well together, just make sure that you consider the area that you’re in when re-designing your home.
What type of homes do you prefer – sleek and modern or old and classic?