Tradition has it that the activities of the first days of the year set the tone for the remainder of the year. As a result of much basking in sunshine, good mountain air, and indulging in culinary creations, my creative little gray cells have gone into high gear and catalyzed quite a stream of creative thought. So I thought I would share some inventions, both recently implemented and cued up for future construction projects…
3) Media wall - A wall which is really two bookshelves back to back, with the exception of a few of the “cells” which are full depth and house the stereo system. Cabinet doors on both sides allow for access to both components and all that messy wiring. I’m also thinking one could mount a large screen LED monitor within one of these spaces, which could then swivel to face either room, perhaps providing an extra screen for an office, as well as a TV monitor for a living room. It rationalizes the investment in a higher quality of equipment, as it will see a higher use. This also makes good use of space.
4) Transparent “art” walls flanking a staircase - Stairwells are often flanked by regular sheetrock walls, making them dark and very plebian. My solution was to flank the wall with sheets of acrylic, which had been carved out with a mountain scenery motive. This was the cheap and cheerful solution which I ordered from a sign shop, vs the far pricier option of transparent wall panels. Either way, it provides the functions of safety, structure and daylighting – as well as providing a focal point of design.
5) Drying Room – Mentioned in a previous blog posting (solar air heating), this would be a room which is heated by preheated, dry, air. It would be situated next to the laundry room, to provide a space to hang clothes (or herbs, crafts) to dry. Of course the air intake is also matched with an exhaust fan. I’m also thinking of reviving the fine old tradition of a root cellar, to store the fall crop, and to brew apple cider.
This seems to be an auspicious start to the New Year. So here’s to innovation, to tinkering, to crafting, and creativity. Cheers.