Column: My favorite (fad and trendy) things


Commentary by Randy Sorrell and Bill Bernard

Harvest gold kitchens and purple shag carpet;

Bright yellow bean bags and glowing lava lamps;

Carpeted bathrooms and giant Jacuzzis;

These are a few of my favorite things.

Nearly everyone cringes at the memory of having one or more of these icons in their home. Even though they may bring back fond memories of bygone eras, most would say these were not exactly aesthetically timeless decisions. These were certainly all fads. A few of them held on long enough to have been considered trends. Some of them are even coming back for another trip around the block. None of them could be considered timeless, but at the time they often provided great enjoyment. They may still conjure up fond memories.

We are often asked if a particular design decision, or if an entire remodeling project, will provide a good “return on investment.” We prefer to ask our homeowners to consider the amount of “return on enjoyment” their decision to remodel will provide rather than just the potential for a return on their investment. The length of time you plan on staying in your soon-to-be remodeled home often affects scope and material choices. For maximum ROE, we encourage decisions that evoke a more timeless design aesthetic rather than the trendy. We try our best to help our homeowners avoid fads whose ROE is equally fleeting.

When the tile cracks, when the door leaks;

When I’m feeling sad;

I simply remember my favorite fads;

And then I don’t feel so bad.

We look forward to helping you stay home and be moved.

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