How To Tell If A House Has Good Bones

If you’re in the market for a new house or planning renovations to a current home, this post from design blogger Joni Webb of Cote de Texas is a must-read, (and a keeper).  Joni wrote this incredibly thorough post in response to a reader’s question about what to look for in her search to buy a house with good bones.

Joni’s post goes into great detail about what constitutes good bones, what doesn’t, and why. She has also included lots of photos so you can really see what she means.

This post was particularly timely for me because we are debating whether it is time to move. Of course, I’m looking for a house with – you guessed it — good bones!

I’ve been perusing the MLS and touring resale homes lately to get a sense of what’s out there, and have been disappointed by much of what I see: expensive but poorly thought out renovations; odd shapes and angles; new mashed up against traditional with little or no thought as to how to make old and new play nicely together — and the list goes on.

Unless you want a home that’s difficult to decorate, is never quite comfortable to live in, or that looks impossibly dated in ten years, it’s not enough to know what the current trendy finishes are, or to simply copy what’s being done in new builder homes. You need to know how to identify good bones in a house, and how to spot those wonky design elements that will ultimately be hard to decorate around – and to live with!

Reading Joni’s post is a good starting point. And if you are in doubt, bringing in a design professional to help identify whether your new home or planned renovation will work can help avoid costly mistakes.

Good bones are the building blocks for a house that you will enjoy for many years to come. (Have I stressed enough yet how important I think this is for you to know?!)

So, please read on and enjoy Cote de Texas’s post about how to tell if a house has good bones, and then tell me what you think.

Do Joni’s points resonate with you? Would you change anything on her list? I’d love to hear from you!

If you want a house with good bones –  or need help decorating around one that doesn’t — contact us to request a Colour and Decor Consultation.

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