Knowing Good Bones From Bad

What does “good bones” actually mean?

“This place has good bones,” we all like to say, because it makes us sound like an architect. But what does “good bones” really mean, when used by actual home professionals? There’s a lot more to it than you might think. Architectural Digest breaks it down:

Structure, yes. But also systems Good bones means quality infrastructure, most of which is conveniently invisible. In addition to looking for sagging, cracking and other damage to the home’s structure, inspect (or at least ask about) the electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems.

Orientation and light Forget about the paint, fixtures and other cosmetic stuff for now. Do you love the way the house sits? Is there good light throughout the day? Unchangeable elements like these are what you’ll have to live with forever.

Quality Materials Legacy finishes have a timeless quality, and quality materials like wide-plank hardwood floors, masonry or plaster walls are incredibly expensive today. These features add old-world charm that’s hard to find otherwise.

There’s lots more to learn before you can start throwing the term “good bones” around with authority. Head over to AD to read the full list of tips.

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