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What were they thinking when they did that?

Posted by Rona Fischman February 11, 2008 10:35 AM

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Some houses just don’t make sense!

I see strange layouts mostly in older homes. When homeowners make changes, it is generally an improvement for them, so they don’t always notice how awkward the end product is.

When a room is added or a porch converted, doors get stuck in odd corners, hallways get maze-like or there are sudden steps up or down. Then there are those “captured rooms” where you cannot get to the room without going through another room. It’s particularly odd when you must pass through the bathroom to get to a bedroom or the basement or into the house from outside. (I have seen all of these!)

Then there are the non-room rooms. These are “bedrooms” too short to put a bed into. Attic “rooms” with doors, but ceiling heights about five feet – these are sometimes called “study nooks” when they should be called “storage.”

Let us not forget the short basements, the short bedrooms in the attic and the overall short houses. Then there are the kitchens that don’t work and the bathrooms that can’t be used by fat or tall people.

What is the worst place you have seen, or lived in, or renovated? Contractors, what have you been told to do, when you knew it was dumb?

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