Friday, September 6, 2013

Every Room A Cabin


Photo courtesy Flickr

When our son was small, we opted for many days in an inexpensive cabin at the beach rather than less time in a more dignified structure. I learned to love lounging on a jack bed in the corner of a small room while keeping an eye on the fire. I had to stay in bed-the space was too small for me to be up and around if anyone else was on their feet.

Lately we’ve been shifting inventory from one “chamber” (as the 1890 plans call the rooms on the second floor) to another in response to the shifting patterns of privacy generated by new construction on the block. 

For years I have thought that every room requires a place to sleep, a place to work, and a place to take a meal. The closer this layout comes to fulfilling that brief, the more we get out of a building that is generous to begin with.

It helps immensely to have furnishings that are light in weight, foldable, and/or mounted on stout wheels or magical nylon sliders. Setting up for overnight guests, a new project, or major maintenance takes seconds where it used to take hours or days.

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