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Published On : 06-30-2004
Author : Steve Donegan
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I realize that a home is your own and you should be able to make all of the choices yourself.  However, I have noticed that some people have very strange tastes and some have no taste at all.  Most people seem to pick styles and colors that go together, but others really struggle.  For instance, we built a nice home for a family, but they really made some poor choices.  Jake and I created the home plan for them.  It was a great plan, but the home owners chose to have yellow stucco, not just a light hue, but Ronald McDonald yellow.  I instructed the stucco guy to lighten it up and spread a small amount on the wall for the home-owners to see.  They insisted that they wanted it much more yellow.  When they were all done, I am sure it could have been seen from the space shuttle.  In fact, he is a pilot for Delta Airlines, maybe he just wanted to see his home when he flew over it.   Well, I think they must have heard some snickers from the neighbors because they wanted to redo the stucco.  I was glad, until I saw the new color they chose; “Smurf-Blue.” 

I had another choose some very ornate trim and crown molding.  However, they painted the fancy trim the same color as the walls and ceiling.  My subs referred to it as the “Institution.”  I hope my home-owners don't read this blog, but they should know that their choices have hurt their resale values.  A home is a home, but it is also an investment.  Don't be afraid to ask several people what they think of your house plan and color selections.  We will certainly be glad to give you our opinions, but remember it is still your choice to make.

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