In our existing house there is a lovely attic bedroom with lots of head room and two really pretty arched windows. Unfortunately, the only way to get up there is by going up a steep, uneven, staircase with two turns in it. Not exactly the type of stairs our guests would want to go up after a drink or two. An early pipe dream of mine was that we could straighten those stairs out. Doing so would mean we would lose a "bedroom". But in reality that bedroom was a tiny little room that might have been okay for a nursery or small office but not much else. We ended up using it as a clothes closet to make up for the lack of space in the bedroom closets.
|The new configuration shows the new straightened stairs going up to the attic.|
Notice the nursery room is gone with a landing/sitting area taking its place.
Also note the larger linen closet.
Changing plans along the way
We were very excited when we realized we were going to be able to straighten out the stairs and were also excited by the resulting new linen closet which would be about twice the size of the old one. This is what is was going to look like.
Several months later when the next set of drawings were ready we were surprised to see that, unbidden by us, our architect changed the design of the linen closet. Being the control freak that I am, my initial response was annoyance. But that lasted for about two seconds. The new linen cabinet that she proposed instead of the closet (in the picture above) was truly a thing of beauty. Not only did it look way better, but it is clearly going to function way better for linens that the previous version would have.
I never thought I would be so excited about a linen cabinet, but I find myself fantasizing about organizing sheet sets and towels in this beauty. Not surprisingly the cabinetry is more expensive than a simple closet with shelves inside--and it seemed for a while that we weren't going to be able to afford the new version--but I think the upgrade is so worth it.
I'm so glad our design had time to breath before we went into construction and I am so glad our architect took the initiative to make it better. There are a few more design changes that came up during the delay period that are equally exciting but I will save those for another day.