I love Saturday morning. It’s the only day of the week that we don’t have to be somewhere at a specific time. So, Saturday is our “ease-into” day. We know there are things to be done, but the don’t have to be done RIGHT NOW!
Instead of jumping into the day’s projects and plans, we usually start our Saturday morning with breakfast in bed while we watch HGTV. Yes, this is probably a little strange, since we live and breathe home improvement all week, but we do actaully get something out of these shows.
My personal favority is “Yard Crashers”. In fact, my husband and I have a standing agreement that if either of us ever bumps into Amed Hassan, he is coming home with us – no argument. I’ve been working on ideas for our back yard for years. Now all I need is someone to pay for them!
I have to admit, though, that I question the judgement of some of these designers (not just on Yard Crashers, but across the board on these shows). They all seem intent on giving their homeowners and over the top dream makeover, which is great, in concept, but what about down the road? When your kids are all grown, are you really going to want a regulation soccer field in your backyard? Is the next owner going to appreciate the life size chess set? Are the young couple with a growing family really interested in the ultimate bar with kegerator and custom lighting?
See, that’s what seems to be missing from these shows. They’ll give you your heart’s desire for today, but they don’t address whether these changes will have any value in the future. Is this going to help you or hurt you if you ever try to sell?
That’s the bottom line – even if you believe that this is your “forever” home, life throws us curve balls – job transfers changes to family size, health issues, whatever. There’s virtually no guarantee that you might not have to seel your home somewhere down the road.
So, if you find that magic lamp complete with Genie (or a home improvement show host) who can give you your dream renovation, I hope you will take the time to look to the future before you make your wish list. After all, not everyone is going to fall in love with that scrap metal dragon sculpture you just couldn’t live without!
Rae the Renovator