The french doors that define the edge of the living room should have started one foot away from the edge of the kitchen tile, but the doors actually start three feet away from the tile. This effectively makes the living room 2 feet narrower. It may seem like a small deal but as our house is very small and economically designed around our existing furniture we didn't have two feet to spare. As a result our living room furniture will need to overlap the doors by almost two feet, and our small dining table will have to be out of alignment with the doors and look like it is starting to encroach on the kitchen. Our fireplace is also closer to the door now (originally we had planned it to be centered in the wall - that should have been our first clue but the builder said the fireplace had to be moved a bit because of the basement windows and we didn't realize the off-center appearance was also being affected by the door).
I am sure this happened by accident because the builder has been good to work with overall and quite reliable, but that doesn't explain why we were the ones to discover the mistake so late in the game. I am very upset about our careful planning being thrown off, but I am trying to decide if it is worth making a fuss at this late stage. Do I have the right to demand that they fix it, or are they not obliged to fix a two-foot mistake? The siding on the exterior is completed and they just finished mudding and priming the walls this week. Moving the door two feet would mean moving wiring and light switches, redoing some of the siding and fixing the wall. We are scheduled to close in 6-ish weeks and I don't know how long it will take to fix the door. Are they obliged to pay for it or can they come back at me and tell me I am throwing them off budget and off schedule with a late-stage change? If they refuse to fix it do I have the right to ask for some kind of compensation? If nothing else I would like them to cover the cost of new (and unfortunately smaller) living room furniture.
If anyone has any ideas on how to handle this situation please let me know. I am looking for advice. Should I just count my blessings that this is the worst of the problems we've encountered so far? Or will the misproportioned layout affect resale? That doesn't even count the fact that I will be aggravated every time I sit on the couch or eat at the dining room table for the next X number of years...