by laura janning

How Our Builders Mistake Turned Into An Opportunity

July 13, 2012

My husband and I were fortunate enough to build our home 9 years ago. With the assistance of an architect we built our dream home. From the architectural details, to the open spaces throughout our home we were thrilled to be apart of the home design and building  process. The 2 year process went relatively smooth (if you ask my builder that's what he would think), except for some small minor glitches. This is the story of one of them. 
This is an actual conversation.
Builder- "Hi Mrs.Laura, glad you are here, I wanted to show you what I did today.  
Me- "okay, what?"
Builder- "Well, seeing how there were arches in the dining room entry and into your kitchen entry
and an arch leading into the master bedroom area, I decided to go ahead and put an arch right here in the hallway, I hope that's okay"
Me-"What! That arch is in the middle of the hallway. It drops my ceiling down.  I designed this house to have 10 foot ceilings so really tall people wouldn't hit their heads (not like that should really matter, since the tallest person that I know is 6'5). I don't think I like that. You should have consulted me first! That wasn't what we designed. That wasn't in the blueprints. Take an early lunch and go home."
Taking the afternoon to calm down, and to think about what options  I had to correct the misuse of my builders judgement, I had a glass of wine and sat on the floor in the hallway and thought about it. And then it hit me - no, not the ceiling. How about if I apply stone to the underside of the curved arch and along the wall?
And instead of using the area beneath the stairs as a utility closet, I can use that space to create something more special, more unique, more functional.
Any guesses what I ended up using this space for? I'll be back next week to show you. Have a great weekend!


  1. I think his judgement to blend the arches was good but also his responsibility to consult you first. And your decision on adding stone is awesome. I've seen it in kitchens, but never up an archway. Nice touch!

  2. Ahgggg! The suspense!!! ;) I'd be livid too, but I must admit I'm intrigued to see the whole space! Neat idea with the stone.
    ~KIM @ Sand & Sisal

  3. Okay, the history teacher in me wants to say it's priest's hole (but you may or may not be Catholic). The English teacher in me wants to say it's poet's corner (but I doubt you're burying anyone inside your house). I give up. Wine??

  4. A cliff hanger, REALLY!?!? The suspense is killing me,....i hope it lasts!

  5. Can't wait to see what it is. Maybe a wine room?

  6. It's got to be a wine cave, right?

  7. Oh I would have been so upset! I can't wait to see what you did with the space though!

  8. Oh, you've been reading too much Kirby/Linda/Bliss with the cliffhangers! That stone arch is sooooo cool! I'll tune in Monday to see what you've done with it!
    xo Heidi

  9. I'm guessing wine room. Can't wait to see what it is.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  10. I love the stone in that arch. So unusual.

  11. I do have a taste for a good glass of vino!!! :) hugs...

  12. AnonymousJuly 14, 2012

    can't wait until mon to see what you have done I'm sure it will be great

  13. I was thinking wine storage, too. Love the improvisation. :)


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