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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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