A letter in today's weekly mentions that a new neighbor on David is planning to tear down what has been a tastefully remodeled, well maintained home. As someone who is in the throws of a major re-model while still living in the home and trying to maintain my sanity amongst the extra headaches of remodeling while still living my life and that of a hectic family, I ask the question, Why? My eichler was still in the 1950s shape of the original owner's home and an update was in great demand. The original kitchen was not working and the original wiring, plumbing, etc. all below code. For this reason we had to remodel, although of course we could have demolished and started all over. But the above mentioned home does not sound the same at all.
As I plan my remodel and go through all the miniscule decisions it entails I ask myself how it would feel if for some reason in the next couple of years I had to move out and learnt that the whole thing was demolished. I would certainly feel heartache and perhaps betrayal. I expect my home to be mine for some time and I plan the details of the remodel accordingly, hoping that they will last for a great number of years. I expect the home owner on David did the same.
A home in Palo Alto is now apparently a throw away a commodity. The plot is more valuable than the house. The house is a house not a home. We all struggle to get the latest, best, most technically sound and forget that consumerism is taking over our lives. I truly hope that the owners of this house (not a home) knows what they are letting themselves in for. A remodel or rebuild is not an easy thing to go through. I would not recommend it to anyone. And once the bricks and mortar (or whatever) come down, the memories linger in the dust and the neighborhood is changed forever. Yes we do have to move with the times. But sometimes the move should be not yet.