History or constant and exciting reinvention? That’s my question today. Here you have two homes, one for sale and located in Perthshire in Scotland, the other also for sale and to be found on the west coast of Canada. They are similar in size and in the same price bracket, both requiring much more than an average salary to purchase. I’m not going to compare style but I’m trying to understand something. The Perthshire stone built home is anywhere from 50-200 years old, the Canadian timber home built in the last 10 years. Each home will require a substantial salary(s) to purchase or considerable savings, a mortgage if needed would take a lifetime to pay off.
What I’m trying to understand is what I see all around me. Since I moved into my area, on my small road alone four homes have been demolished completely and new ones rebuilt. The ‘old’ homes would be no more than 30-45 years old. It’s true also that these homes will not last as well as their Scottish counterpart, partly due to the prevalent attitudes in the construction industry here but also to do with the materials used. The expectation is that their lives will be short. Okay, so that’s the way they like it. What I don’t understand is why they’re so in love with the antiquity and history of the old countries like Britain, but they do nothing whatsoever to build to last here and preserve what they have. Why? Does anyone have any ideas?