5 dumbest renovation fads

A remodeling trend may look good on paper, but it may not make your home more livable — or more valuable. These five alternatives from Money Magazine will.

Fad: The great room craze

Combining the kitchen, dining room, living room and den may seem like a good idea, but doing so overloads your public space with too many different activities.

Fad: The great room craze

The great Great-Room Craze of the 1980s was all about openness: Why should the kitchen be so removed from the other living spaces? Indeed, why should there be any distinction between one public room living, dining, den and so on) and another? Everyone should happily congregate in one free-flowing space.

Sadly, the result is usually a great big mess.

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