Redditor CatchingWindows posted a picture of what he found in his attic. It's an entire other house! He then shared a gallery of images from the discovery. Some investigation revealed at least parts of the story behind it. But it's far from the first such discovery that shocked people looking around the home they just bought.
The unsettling discovery brings to mind strange and dark history of “Disappointment rooms”. The term was attributed to what was until fairly recently, a tragically common practice for keeping family members (usually children) suffering from mental or physical disabilities out of sight from the public eye. Until well into the 20th century in the United States and England, a Disappointments room might have been found in the attic or top floor of a house, cruelly depriving a family member of special care, dignity and respect, while the rest of the household continued to live freely under the delusion that the arrangement was for the good of society and the unwell. Amongst elite society, these rooms became one of the world’s best kept secrets.
Messy Nessy Chic gives us the story of CatchingWindows' attic, which appears to be a simple case of architectural shortcuts, and some famous cases of disappointment rooms for good measure.