Embrace Your Bungalow Or Cottage Flaws

The good news is that, unlike leaky pipes or cracks in the foundation, your home’s minor inconveniences shouldn’t cause you any serious financial pain. They’re merely cosmetic, and like an annoying blemish, can either be ignored, covered up, or embraced.

The “unique” couch you inherited

Furniture can be expensive, and when your relative offered up their old couch for free, it was too good to pass up. The only problem: the couch is a total throwback to the 1970s, rainbow floral pattern and all. Instead of hiding the sofa with a mass of pillows and blankets, embrace the quirky colors and try and incorporate them into other elements throughout the room so it won’t stand out as much. It’ll be a conversation piece, if nothing else.

The patterned floors in the bathroom

Everyone has different tastes, and when it comes to flooring, it seems like some people have very different taste than others. A bright-tiled pattern that may have been the pride and joy of your home’s former owner is now a total eyesore to you. The good thing is that flooring is easily replaced, but if you have an older home, you should consider doing a little research on the manufacturing to dig up the history of your floors.

The outdated kitchen

We’re not talking appliances here—no one wants decades-old appliances that can barely heat up a pot roast in 10 hours. We’re talking the funky-colored countertops and hand-painted cabinetry. A kitchen is one of the first places new homeowners are eager to completely revamp, but there are plenty of ways you can put your own twist on this space without eliminating its charmingly antique qualities.

The tire swing in the backyard

When you buy a home that has already been lived in by multiple families or individuals, there are lots of stories to uncover. The tire swing on the old tree in the backyard is just one of them, but you probably won’t have to look very far to find traces of the previous owner’s personal touches. You don’t have to keep them all, but sometimes these elements can make your home feel more comfortable and lived in, and are worth preserving.

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Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes is the President and curator of Bungalows and Cottages LLC, Blog, and Networks. Mark's mission is to bring the design, history, and lifestyle of smaller comfortable iconic American bungalows and cottages to everyone. Mark is a real estate broker and former industry executive who once ranked in the top 1% of agents worldwide for sales and went on to lead two of the largest real estate companies in the Western US. Small house. Big Life.

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