It’s no secret that this neighbourhood has seen a lot of changes over the past 100 years. One thing that remains constant though, is that homeowners in our neighbourhood take pride in their homes. It’s common to see building permits in windows, contractor trucks, and construction dumpsters in front of Riverdale houses.
It is great to see homeowners improving the efficiency, safety, and livability of their homes. However, it seems that every street has one or two of those houses that just doesn’t fit in to the aesthetic we have come to know in our neighbourhoods: the houses that have a distinctly different style than it’s neighbours’.
How does changing the style of the exterior home affect our urban landscape? Should we welcome the complete overhaul of the exterior of a home into something more modern or should we encourage the retention of the original styles? Does the modernization of exteriors attract a higher paying and higher status of homeowner? This home on Munro St home seems to say yes with a large price tag and very upscale selling tactics.
Of course, one of the benefits of home ownership is that you can do what you want with your property, as long as it meets the building code and permits. What is your opinion? Are you happy with the changes that homeowners in your neighbourhood are making? Do you think that some of these renovations cause your neighbourhood to lose some of the charm that attracted you there in the first place?