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Is Your Home Too Short For You?

During my recent trip to the UK, I visited the town Orford on the English coast, a medieval village dominated by the well-preserved Orford Castle, built by Henry II in the 12th century. I couldn't help but notice how small some of the doors of historic homes there are and then realized the houses had been built for much shorter medieval men!

In the town of Southwold, I had a delightful dinner at the Sutherland House, a historic hotel and restaurant that dates back to the 15th century. It's a good thing I didn't wear heels to dinner because I definitely would have hit my head on its low 1660 pargetted ceilings!

Some homes in the States are petite in height not because they were built in different times but by faulty architects, or were raised to create an additional story. I once looked at a basement apartment in New Orleans (above ground) that was so short, one couldn't stand up straight in the shower!

Tell me . . . is your home too short for you? Have you ever lived in a house built for shorties?

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bunnyhorse bunnyhorse 7 years
I've lived in historical apartments in the Northeast US and Scotland, but I didn't mind when they were a bit on the short side, because they weren't MY home. With apartments, I often appreciate quirks because I know I don't have to live with them long term. One exception to this would be narrow staircases. I am far too clumsy for those and have fallen down a few flights of stairs. Some of the stairs have been so short that my feet hang off a couple inches. My feet are a size 9 US, so I can't imagine a tall guy with large feet trying to go down those stairs!
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
Nope. I'm with yes jess--my house is too tall for me! The sinks are higher and all the cupboards require either tippy-toes or step-ups. ;p
skigurl skigurl 7 years
My house is new, so it's perfect for me. My boyfriend is very tall, but since we have cathedral ceilings, it feels so big, and is still great for him too.
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 7 years
No, I'm pretty sure my house was built for giants. I'm 5'7 and can't even reach my shower head while I'm in the shower...
yes-jess yes-jess 7 years
I'm too short for my apartment, I can't reach the clothes bar in the closets really (I'm a dainty 4' 11"). It would be interesting to see a place from a time when I might have been considered average.
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