House of the week: Horrendous tile!

As I was looking through house listings today for my weekly post, I couldn’t help but come across a common feature in a lot of “remodeled” homes. Abhorrent tile!

Now don’t get the wrong idea, I think tile is a perfectly serviceable flooring in kitchens, bathrooms and even the odd mudroom, but seriously people…does it belong in your living room? Or worse yet…your bedroom? I realize it is a cheaper alternative for the ruinous renovators who are, in my opinion, out to destroy any semblance of original architecture and style to save a damn dime, but it simply breaks my heart to see it. 
For example, I found a fairly cute, two-story double Craftsman house on St. Mary in the Lower Garden District. It’s in a great location, around the corner from Juan’s Flying Burrito (not to mention a ton of cute shops on Magazine Street) and just a couple of doors down from The Saint, one of the finest dive bars in the city. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms per side, a total of 3000 square feet and it is listed for $299,000.  
But look at what was done to the beautiful hardwood floors (because I just know this house had them)! Every inch of floor space has been covered with a ghastly, godawful, cheap, ugly tile! WHY!?!?! I guess there is just no accounting for other people’s tastes…or lack thereof. 

House of the week: Craftsman double on Willow Street

So I was browsing around and I found yet another great house for sale in my ‘hood. Only a couple of blocks away on Willow Street, there is a gorgeous double shotgun (Yep! I’d rent out the other side) originally built in 1911. It’s got everything I love so dearly, the dark hardwood floors and high ceilings plus well-remodeled kitchens and lovely bathrooms. Since it’s a Craftsman-style house, it has unique architectural detailing like built-in columned book shelves breaking up the parlor from the main family room and thick, chunky columns in front of the porch. There is some odd, half-constructed building in the backyard (another potential rental opportunity perhaps?), but the main house looks solid and well-maintained. The house is going for $239,990 which, again, is a bit of a reach for me, but with rental money coming in, I think I could swing it.

Now…who’s going to gift me with the $12,000 down payment? Anyone?