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Considering a Retro Redo for Your Bowie or Crofton Home?

As a real estate agent selling homes in the Bowie-Crofton area for many years, I’ve seen my share of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

172“Updated kitchen” and “updated bath” are key phrases in any MLS listing, signaling to buyers that the home decor is probably good – i.e., no longer a relic of the 60’s or 70’s featuring original pink bathroom fixtures and tile or aqua kitchen appliances and metal cabinets. 

But wait… that’s not necessarily the case any more, as “retro” becomes more and more popular in homes of that period.  One of my clients was the lucky recipient of my original pink bath fixtures when we finally remodeled our bath last year – one of many people who asked for them. 

Just goes to prove that one person’s trash is another’s treasure. 

If you want a “Retro Redo” for your Bowie-Crofton area home that preserves the original 60’s and 70’s features, check out Retro Renovation, an online resource with the tag-line Love the House You’re In.  The site features information for re-doing homes from the 40’s through the 70’s, promising to assist homeowners who cherish their older home’s character and want to preserve it. You’ll find answers to frequently asked questions as well as recommendations on retro kitchens, bathrooms, counter-tops, flooring, lighting, paint colors, etc. 

You may decide to freshen up the ol’ bath or kitchen with just a fresh coat of paint instead of expensive updating or remodeling, after a visit to this website, and you can call it “retro” instead of “old”.  Even if this isn’t your taste, I’d be surprised if you didn’t enjoy looking at the pictures… they’re bound to bring back some memories for anyone who lived through those decades.

P.S.  Looking for original bath fixtures from the 60’s or 70’s?  You don’t have to scavenge the neighborhood looking for discards from neighbors who prefer “new”. Check out the Habitat for Humanity ReStores throughout Maryland.

Copyright 2010.  Margaret Woda.  All rights reserved

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