House Complete Part the Fifth

Today’s focus: unclassifiable spaces

To most people, these spots are not interesting.  These are the places where mops are kept and where winter coats are stored and where The Wife’s life-sized Care Bear costume stays.

You probably don’t care, but I find these spaces pretty fascinating.  As the designer of the house, these spaces are necessary and, in many cases, accidental.

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This is the entryway.  I’ve never lived in a place with an entryway.  The Wife likes to call it a mudroom.  I’ve never lived in a place with a mudroom.  I call it an atrium.  I’ve lived in several places with an atrium.  To the right of the entryway is…

 

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… a place for hanging things. Most houses have this, but this alcove is out of the way and perfectly matches everything in the house.  Like a Stepford Wife.  To the left is…

 

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…the garage.  I’ve never had a garage before, so I have no idea what to do with it except put things in it.  It’s like I’m just learning how to date.

 

 

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At the top of the stairs, all the way to the end you’ll find a closet.  Originally it was a window (because this side of the house has few windows), but the more I thought about my daughters showering and then walking to their room naked, the more I thought that I shouldn’t have a five-foot window in the hallway.  It was changed to a closet, which is where we keep the bags, vacuum, and other miscellanea that we want to keep, but only use once a year (like my self-confidence, and a travel-charger) 

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Also upstairs is the laundry closet.  People kept objecting to me putting the clothes washer beside the clothes closets and adjacent to the clothes wearers once they get declothed. 

 

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Above the stairs to the basement is a small 4x4x8 closet.  It is hard-to-reach for a reason: it’s full of things that I should probably throw away but can’t.  Like my Stan Lee autographed X-Men #1 (not the original, the highest-selling comic in history.  The one that’s worth $2.50), The Wife’s VHS copies of The X-Files, and yearbooks from middle school (unfortunately, I look exactly the same).

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This is my basement storage area.  It’s walled off and contains four eight-foot shelves and an under-the-stairs storage area. 

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This is my basement non-storage area.  Right now it resembled the other area.  Eventually I’ll change it to an art studio and finish the third book of Tiny Life.  Or maybe I’ll put a projector down here and watch The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.  Whatever’s easier. 

 

 

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