I used to love to play hide and seek as a kid. It was one of my favorite games. As a home inspector there are times where I have to play hide and seek with building components.
People absolutely hate those gaudy pipes and unsightly wires that make our modern conveniences possible. They hide them behind things like walls for example.
Now I'm not against hiding pipes and wires all together, but there are certain devices that need to be readily accessible. Often in the pursuit of form over function people will do some silly things. I would assume without understanding the potential consequences of their choices for décor.
Take for example this little seat in the first photo. That's what it looks like a small chair built into the wall. What in fact is inside the box, no it's not Jack, is the main plumbing waste clean out. The top was not hinged and the sides do not come away to allow a plumber to get to the pipe. That little chair will be torn apart if needed someday and the homeowner will be paying extra for the plumber's time.
The next photo is two electric panels in a finished basement. This is wrong on many levels. The person who installed it had outfitted the enclosure with doors, but the framing blocks clear access. Additionally the white thing at the right is wall built around, yep the plumbing. There was barely enough room to sort of lean into the cubby hole and examine the panel. It was an interesting exercise removing the panel cover.
Playing hide and seek is a fun past time, but a plumber or an electrician will not be amused having to seek out important piping or wiring when coming to repair a problem.
Think before you hide. The money and aggravation you save could be your own.
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