Do you love homes with character? How about those old homes that have the most curious nooks and crannies? While working with a couple last fall we came across dozens of these spaces. We dubbed them Narnia after The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. Seemingly innocent closet doors that opened into ridiculously sized rooms, surprise doors and attics large enough to live in. Here are a few of my favorites.
Cape Cod style homes are known for having 2nd floors with slanted ceilings and ample storage in the eves. One home we came across had a tiny door at the end of the hallway. It was narrow and easily only 4 feet in height. Excellent, some storage outside the bedroom. We opened the door and to our surprise there was a giant room! Ok, it wasn't giant, but well more than we expected. It had the slanted Cape walls along with a window with a view of the front yard. Some insulation and drywall and this place could be more than just storage! The couple made mental plans to make it into a walk in closet or hideaway room from the kids.
The home this couple eventually purchased had an attic, but the listing didn't tell us what kind or how to get to it. We assumed crawl space and searched the home for the drop panel or stair pull down. Defeated and giving up, we decided to check out the kitchen pantry. Opened the "pantry" door and to our surprise... the attic! Full walk-up staircase!
The Narnia's continued after they bought their home and I continued to tell them about them; sending pictures even. by far my favorite that I can remember is the attic/closet. I was viewing an old colonial home in North Tonawanda that had closets crammed where ever they could be crammed. They were small but at least they had them. I opened the closet in one bedroom and was met with two staircases, one going up the other down. Access to the attic was from this bedroom closet. If you wanted to use it for clothes, you had to walk down into the closet! It was the oddest thing ever! I wish I had saved that picture...
What "Narnia's" have you seen while house hunting? Share your favorites!