Friday, October 26, 2012

Virtual warming

Tonight is the re-warming of our apartment, and for me a celebration of the end of several months of sawdust and head-scratching as we figured out (with the help of friends) how to make it all work the way we wanted. There are a few items of unfinished business, but no doubt they will nag away at me and I will end up finishing them rather than just forgetting about them. That seems to be the kind of guy I am.

Here's a little picture-journey around our cube:

It started with a doodle, a bit like this one. It turned out my ideas meant only  four standard kitchen units could be used in the design. When I ordered them from Ikea, the nice lady asked if I was doing a laundry room. I replied that "Yes, the washing machine will go in there somewhere".

Seriously dorky 3D rendering of my plans. I should have been an engineer.

Below from left-to-right: The workshop, the kitchen (utility room obscured), the living room, and Lina's gymnasium. Above from left-to-right: Tire storage (?) office, bedroom, and garage.

Our new living room, where we can finally give Krista's stonework the attention it deserves.

The utility room with unheard of in North America under-counter washer-dryer, camelback storage, and welder hook-up (of course I'm joking about the welder - aren't I?)

Kitchen and workshop. Lovely wheely-shelves for all my junk from Timeline auctions,  a fantastic steel workbench from a nice man on Craigslist, and a clever wheely kitchen cart with fold-up leaves which was a right pain to get hold of... but worth it.

Kitchen from above, featuring a free pot rack from another nice man on Craigslist held up with  conveyor chain from the scrapyard down the street. Shelving from a dumpster, cripplingly expensive stove, and extensively hacked Ikea cabinets and sink.

The office. Lina's new desk bashed together by me from 2x4's I found in the dumpster. Pretty birthday-present rug, and some creative bike parking.

And finally, where's all the stuff? Well... the garage is mostly suspended above the bedroom... where seven pairs of skis, eight paddles, six bikes, and one kayak (usually) literally, hang out.