New Or Retro Refrigerator for Vintage Homes? That’s Not the Only Question!

Kaye Swain REALTOR loves to visit the Dedicated House for Anything Blue FridayKaye Swain REALTOR sharing about useful tips and info at PinterestRefrigerators can be challenging to buy – especially if they break down in the middle of a heat wave. Or you move into a new-to-you home that doesn’t have one and realize it will take a week or more to get one delivered and installed. And when it comes to buying a new fridge for one of the many lovely and old vintage homes, you may have a couple of extra challenges and choices facing you.

  1. Some of the lovely historic old homes are huge and space isn’t an issue. Others are cute little bungalows with much smaller space than normal. Or perhaps the space is a bit oddly shaped. This is when measuring twice, buying once (to paraphrase the old woodcutter’s saying) is absolutely vital. Maybe even measuring four or five times just to be absolutely sure!
  2. If you want to have an ice maker and/or water dispenser, do NOT buy the refrigerator until you are SURE you have or can have installed the necessary plumbing to achieve that. Otherwise, you might end up like one poor woman I read about who bought a fridge with an ice maker only to discover AFTER it was delivered that the equipment she planned to hook it to did NOT work. Now she has a lovely but unusable icemaker wasting a great deal of space in her freezer.
  3. Still on the ice maker / water dispenser, make sure the water pipes coming to the fridge are going to be the right size to fit your new fridge. Just like dress styles, manufacturer’s sizes and types of plumbing apparatus has changed over the years, sometimes causing issues when trying to mesh it to new products.

All of those tips are dealing with those of you wanting new refrigerators in your lovely old homes. However, there are also plenty of folks who want a retro refrigerator to go with their retro home. And guess what. There are some options out there, if you look (and sometimes, if you look and look and keep looking 🙂 ).

Old Vintage Homes with Cool Vintage Retro Refrigerators at Pinterest

Here are a few sites to get you started on your retro refrigerator quest:

New refrigerators are a nice addition to any age house, as long as they work well with it. And retro fridges can be quite cool. Just be sure to copy that old carpenters’ adage and measure a LOT as well as check the plumbing and compatibility before you make your final decisions. And if you have more tips or links, we’d love to hear about them. 🙂


What Are the Top Needs On Your Search List When Searching for Unique Vintage Homes

These lovely old stairs in this historic Victorian Farm house were comfortable to useOld vintage homes – whether historic or not – are some of my favorite houses. But I do have a bit of a confession. As stately as the two (or more) story old homes are, I still prefer single story houses. While I love the excellent exercise I get in a home with stairs, they can sometimes be a bit hard on the kneads. And many of our senior parents, including my mom, are definitely challenged by them.

I remember a dear friend and neighbor of ours who had a lovely and historic two story house in Virginia. She told us how nervous it made her to go up and down those stairs at night when tired.

I also have vivid memories of a lovely old home owned by family members years ago. It was truly a delightful house except for the stairs. Those were the most shallow thin stairs I’ve ever seen, though I’ve heard from others that they are NOT that uncommon for some older homes.

On the bright side, another historic old house in our family had GREAT stairs, nice and wide and with a landing on the way up to rest at.

This landing makes a nice place for chairs and a bookcase-a great place to rest

All this to say that if you are searching to buy an old home and visit any with two or more stories, make sure you take a close look at all the stairs and picture your elderly parents, not to mention your very young loved ones on them. Can they handle them OK? Are they wide enough and easy to climb up and down? Perhaps single story or a multi-story home with a master or other bedroom on the main floor along with a bathroom with shower or bath is a good option for their future needs.

For that matter, we never know when life’s path may swerve dramatically in a whole new direction due to injury or illness. It’s wise to think of looking at any home to buy with an eye for future developments. And that single story or master/bedroom on the main floor could be handy for you as well!

As some of you know, I have other blogs including SandwichINK Real Estate Info, which is geared boomers and seniors caring for their elderly parents. On that site, I focus a lot on aging in place and universal design options. The best part of universal design is that its goal is a safe home environment no matter what age or physical abilities. A grand goal for ALL ages in ALL homes – whether brand new or the lovely and unique old and vintage homes in our local neighborhoods.

So before you go out house hunting for your own special vintage house, thinking of the fun times past and future the special and unique one you pick out, take some time to think of how it would be to live in this house with any possible health issues down the road – for yourself or those you love, and make a list of the top needs to keep at the top of your mind. It’s definitely worth thinking about as you make one of the biggest purchases of your life!

P.S. If you’d like to search for old and vintage homes for sale in Placer County, CA with a master bedroom on the first floor or a single story rambler, click here or CALL KAYE  – 657-229-KAYE