We've seen it on TV: potential buyers (PBs) horrified by dated
bathrooms and kitchens, wall-to-wall carpeting, and floral
wallpaper ("The '80s called; they want their rooms back...")
There must be a lot of gutting going on: according
to the most recent American Housing Survey, some two-thirds of
owner-occupied U.S. homes were built before 1980, and many of
those considerably earlier.
But before you start to tear
down walls, consider this: today's outmoded decor is yesterday's
classic design-widely loved and admired in its day.
consider that these homes were mostly built to last-sturdy homes
that celebrated a time when "ordinary" wasn't a dirty word. Call
it normcore, meaning bland and unremarkable. Or call it trendy.
Who wants bland and ordinary? Once again, we turn to
millennials (the leading edge of whom are now in their mid-30s).
Similar to previous generations, these market drivers are
looking for something different, and just as they are dressing
in normcore fashion, the millennials are turning to normcore
neighborhoods and homes that reflect their own values.
They're searching for balance and normalcy, notes one real
estate insider in an RISMedia article titled "Best Normcore
Neighborhood to Buy an Unpretentious Home." Like the Seinfeld TV
series, it's ordinariness as a lifestyle. And it's now a big
So next time you're tempted to disparage
wallpaper, pink and black bathrooms, and laminate countertops,
think back. Remember the Formica kitchen table where you weren't
afraid to do homework or spill your milk. Or the rec room with
fake pine paneling and furniture you could put your feet on.
Also remember that laminate counters and linoleum floors are
virtually indestructible and are eco-friendly, and that
"popcorn" and wallpaper magically cover up unsightly
irregularities in ceilings and walls.
So, has your
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