A great weekend at Gambier with many thanks to Louise, Sean & Mike for great food, good progress and bocce mania.
We invited a new term: “real-time design” for some of the modifications and adjustments that get made along the way. Installing the window on the second floor was a perfect 3.0 — e.g. the third time we tried to complete this aspect of the building. The first time we got the measurements wrong, the second time we got the measurements for a sliding door (which we didn’t yet have) right but decided to use a window (which we did have) instead. The many discussions around this reminded me again that the ‘logical’ criteria in our design philosophy is almost entirely subjective! Maybe logic is the thing that balances out all of the other values, the simplest path to meeting the most needs. Anyhow, we used a window we had left over and we didn’t have to buy a door and we rebuilt the wall so we wouldn’t drive ourselves crazy with wishing, years from now, that we’d taken the time to do it right the first time.
So that’s logical right?
The geek in me was helpless to resist the animation possibilities of these two photos of Sean. It would be smoother if I did it in Photoshop but not bad for the first animation generator I googled. Click on the picture to see it in action.
|From Jun 2011|
In addition to the installation of the window we did a lot of tidying and sweeping in a space that everyday is feeling less like an idea and more like a real cabin. We had music on the deck for the first time thanks to the sweet sound system Louise brought. Mike made brownies with a cream cheese filling from his cooking muse, Nigella Lawson, and she did inspire him to greatness. The weekend was all about keeping the carnivores happy: Sean brought the bbq to life with some amazing juicy burgers and Saturday night we went Ukrainian with sausage and perogies.
The daisies are out
|From Jun 2011|
We haven’t posted in a while, spending the winter in urban life, all the while thinking and pondering over the house plans. After creating the Halkett Bay t-shirts for Christmas, we’ve gone and changed the plans. This is actually a clever ploy to make you want to collect all the t-shirts in the series. I’m very excited about the ‘new’ plan since it’s really a return to our first plan, an open breezeway between the guestroom and the main cabin. We’re also making the roof of the breezeway and guestroom flat. Suddenly this all seems much more do-able, and simple. Logical. We’ll see where this philosophy gets us in the end, but for now, it’s been great to have such a clear framework to think about what we are doing. And it is too cool that the house itself is going to be L shaped.
We went up there last weekend, and spent the day evicting mice who had set up a busy little highway right into our supposedly mouseproof cupboard. Like most animals on Gambier, they seem relatively fearless. Some even ran back into the cupboard as we were clearing it out.
Kevin and Don had been up a week before, and put the $6 metal doors on the power tower. They looked great! Since I started a creative writing program this year, I’ve been fantacizing about the room at the top of the tower as a writing room/retreat.