|Try having friendly dinner conversation with somebody|
who's sitting right next to you.
|It's supposed to be a fireplace. So why does it look like a TV?|
• And as long as we’re in the kitchen, here's another dumb idea: cooking islands. People adore seeing them in magazines until they've got one in their own kitchen. Then they realize that everything they cook has to be carried across an aisle for no reason at all. In addition to needlessly interrupting the work area, islands waste a tremendous amount of floor space because they require generous isle space all around them. If you’re Mark Zuckerberg, that’s no problem. Otherwise, beware.
|Bypassing closet doors:|
Egad—no matter what I do, I can
only get to half of my clothes!
• Bypassing closet doors (often called sliding doors). These are like those sliding-number puzzles in which you can’t get at one thing without moving something else. Bypassing doors first caught on big way back in the 50s, so you’d think that after all these years, they would’ve died a merciful death. No such luck: They’re inexpensive and easy to install, so tract builders and remodelers alike still love them.
|Vessel sinks: For people who love to clean their bathrooms,|
and want it to be really, really difficult.
• Double entrance doors. We all love the idea of bursting through a pair of double doors, like the stars of an old MGM musical. But the reality is that, for security reasons, practically everyone locks one side of the door anyway. The net result: a door that’s actually narrower than the average single door. Fred and Ginger wouldn't stand that for a minute.