Category Archives: Regrettable Detailing

Access vs Safety 2

There’s an access door to the crawl space. That’s fine.

Insurance says there needs to be a bannister on those stairs. Ok, up it goes. But now we can’t open the access door.

The “creative” solution? Pull out your saw and rip a rough diagonal across the door! Nice of them to start their cut from a 1″ hole drilled in the middle too, so you have a way to string your extension cord through and still close the door. I’m sure that’s plenty safe!

Access vs Safety

Obviously there’s nothing important behind that door, and the safety guy says we need a banister on the stairs.

I mean, if you *really* need to get in you can just pop the hinges, pull the door off, and climb over the rail, right?

Faulty hardware installation

The handle should be installed the other way.

Hopefully someone got a good laugh at themselves and reinstalled correctly.

    The Worst “Tiny House” (so far)

    Regrettable Home of the Year, 2021

    Here’s a look at THE VERY WORST tiny house that I’ve not only seen in person, but had the “thrill” of spending a night in. When I say “thrill” I mean “the place was so shady and poorly build that it was hard to sleep…

    From Derek Diedricksen who posted this on his blog

    He continues…

    “We literally considered not sleeping in the space- especially when a small storm came through at night and we could see the wind slowly moving the cabin walls back and forth. YES, I talked to the renter/owner afterwards and warned him, ‘You’re gonna kill somebody with this place at some point’.” 

    “So ladies and gentlemen, here it is- THE WORST TINY HOUSE I’VE EVER SEEN! “

    It is truly frightening. From the roof to the ground (where the roof will likely end up soon if it isn’t already there), there’s not much good you can say about any of it. As Derek points out, the wall art probably has more structural integrity than the wall it’s hanging on!

    This one covers more categories of regret than any previous post. It’s just that bad!

    Door fitting

    Something about this doesn’t say ‘quality craftsmanship’.


    Maybe it’s for otherwise normal sized people who happen to have VERY short legs!

    That’s not how you do it.


    Nice installation job!

    Project of the Year – 2013


    The correct way: Measure twice, cut once.
    The usual way: Measure once, cut two or three times.
    This builder: Don’t measure, cut only when you can’t make up for excess length by overlapping or changing the angle, and nail it together (even if you have some screws mixed in with the nails). A tremendous time saver!


    Now that’s what I call a quality framing job!

    Of course, you can imagine what’s going to happen to all that lumber that’s in direct contact with the ground!

    Found on this site… where there are additional regrettable pictures, including the “finished product”.

    The door opens… you got a problem with that?




    where does it drain when it rains?

    No Stopping The American Dream

    (originally found at: There I Fixed It blog.)