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Old 10-15-2013, 10:18 AM
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Originally Posted by chrharris View Post
If you are relocating to the area here are a few things to look out for that a lot of local developments are still doing that is a left over from the 80's:

In the house:
1/2 overlay cabinets
Honey oak floors
Honey oak cabinets
Corian/plastic counter tops
Linoleum floors
Popcorn ceiling

Outside the house:
Garage in the front of the house
No front porch
Slab patio in the back

Big red brick sign for the entrance, stating something like "Oak Tree Hills"
Trees at 8' tall because they gutted the big ones
Narrow driveways up to that large garage door on the front of the house
It is not a community, it's a development

I work in home improvement and these builder are still building these dated type developments in the area. I try to talk to them about updating but they say people are buying these dated type homes in dated type developments. Maybe I see the new stuff and people are just not aware these are dated developments and they buy them.
Charlotte developers need to tune into HGTV before designing their developments and turn them into communities?

Any Thoughts?

My thought? Your post is extremely insulting and inaccurate. Honey oak is still preferred by many folks, which is why I opted to use it when I re-did my floors in 2007. Our cabinets are oak as well, and we have Corian countertops that were installed around 2005.

Corian, by the way, requires no sealing and can handle hot pots/pans without any worry of staining. If that is what you choose to denigrate as "1980's construction," then fire up the DeLorean and send me back to the 80's.

Finally, not all home styles are conducive to a front porch. Many/most transitional homes do not have a proper porch. It has nothing to do with cheapness or datedness, just personal taste and preference.
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:25 PM
Location: Charlotte, NC
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People are still doing popcorn ceilings?!?!
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:52 PM
Location: Ballantyne
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I just wanted to add I work for a builder and we offer side loading garages which cost I think $1500 dollars extra people don't want to pay it. The same with flooring people go with vinyl because they don't want to pay for tile or wood.The same with patios we offer stone patios in varying sizes people choose a slab to keep the cost down.

I recently built a home(not with the builder I work for) and put almost $6k in trim alone and when we built our home the lady working in the design center said hardly anyone chooses to trim their home to the extent we did, the same with flooring we upgraded throughout most people don't.

So what I'm saying to you is build a home and put what you want in a home but be prepared to pay for it or else you will have to upgrade on a resale because chances are you will not find one to your taste but don't say its 1980s its just someone elses taste.
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