Originally Posted by Essie
Yes, I would. Actually, many builders are using "green" materials and using energy efficient appliances and windows. After growing up in an old house, and having a 1911 bungalow that needed and needs a lot more work--I am done. My husband is not handy AT ALL, and I can do some stuff but am getting a little resentful about it since we cannot afford to just hire someone to do all that we don't know how to do.
Growing up, my dad was constantly working on our house and it's beautiful NOW--but we spent our lives in transition watching improvements being done. I totally respect and admire my dad for the work he's done on their house, but I know my DH will never want or know how to do stuff like that.
Though I LOVE older style homes (variety of styles), unless you have the money to hire someone or the knowhow and TIME/energy to constantly fix whatever needs done, its a real pain. DP and I are not handy. I can hang pictures properly, paint really well, and even refinished hardwood floors at one time, but thats all I can really do. DP can do even less.
Thankfully though our house is older, it has been upgraded in so many ways (plumbing, insulation, kitchen, floors, windows, etc) before we moved in. A renovated older home is a luxury IMO that many people including us cant afford.