“Stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, granite countertops,” is the wish-list mantra of almost every home buyer in the market today. If you’ve been lucky enough to trap yourself in a House Hunter’s marathon, you get to hear this expectation rehearsed exactly every 15 minutes (or more)! Now, there’s wrong with these preferences, but have we forgotten the benefits of forgotten white enamel, carpet, and linoleum?
The temperature resistance and durability of stainless have made it a historical restaurant staple. But do we only care for it because it is shiny? Serious cooks might find the material well worth the cleaning hassle, but they tend to pay little mind to aesthetics. According to HGTV, the popularity is directly related to our love of clean, contemporary kitchens.
The downside? The sheer amount of complimentary fingerprints left behind, even leaving a certain “grain” when wiped away. While it’s up to you if this is a small price to pay, HGTV reports that stainless steel counter tops can cost up to $150 installed.
White enamel, without a doubt, cleans far easier without the aid of microfiber cloths and special cleaners. Without the strain of constant scrubbing, more time can be put toward the underestimated amount of clean up related to your recent meal.
Hardwood floors are another supposed requirement. Hardwood seems more sanitary, as it doesn’t conceal allergy triggering materials like dust or pet hair. You trade a vacuum for a mop when you tear up your carpet, and again it boils down to personal preference. But, you can’t help but wonder if the real attraction to hardwood is related to the same attraction to stainless: it’s just plain shiny.
Carpet, the underdog of all underdogs, rarely gets the proper credit for its talents in noise buffering and cozy, comfortable texture. In the chilly winter months (brutal here in Michigan) it acts as a natural insulation, and we know every bit helps in bone chilling February.
Both flooring options take a hit in the test of time. High traffic areas might be more obvious with hardwood, but carpet’s smashed woven loops are a big hint to the amount of time it’s been there.
What’s extremely popular or visually interesting might not always be a sound fit for your lifestyle. If you’re prone to dropping electronics or your entire body, that seemingly unfashionable carpet could make all the difference.