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the big window

November 11, 2009

zora naki

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the big window stretches from floor to ceiling on the landing of the stairs leading up to the second floor. I was thinking we should do some thing like Maynard Architects’ Tattoo House – they took pictures of nearby trees and simplified them into graphic forms. Cut the shapes out of UV-stable vinyl and applied to the glass.

the big window
the big window

Sadly, my idea was ix-nayed by other inhabitants on the grounds of privacy (we’re on a corner).

I still think it would have looked neat…



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  1. ourfriendben #
    November 12, 2009

    It looks amazing, Zora!!! But, well, wouldn’t it block your view?

  2. November 17, 2009

    ofb: well – sort of, but that’s okay since there isn’t much of one anyways. And you would still get the silhouette of the tree outside coming through.
    georgia: thanks! did you say you bought a house and moved it to your lot? wow.

  3. sweetcomice #
    November 13, 2009

    Thanks for showing all the details and talking about the travails. We are just now talking about renovating our upstairs…..2 old rooms with lots of junk and treasures right now. The house is about 80 years old, with 2 add-ons in the last 30 years, before we bought it and moved it to our place. You are inspiring me again…. I am impressed with IKEA too. I like simple, clean, structures. The only area I have difficulty with is their color sense. Way too cold for me. I need warmth on the walls and fabrics. but you can’t beat that little cheese grater/cheese storage unit!


  4. sweetcomice #
    November 18, 2009

    yes, in 1985, our house was to be sold at auction and moved or demolished. My husband put in a bid for $2000. Two weeks later we had a house to move. So we had to scramble to get the foundation, electrical and plumbing done at our lot site. Then he went off to work on the Tug boat for 2 weeks. I wasn’t paying attention to all the details….our foundation was poured slightly off where it needed to be. We had to get re-0ked by town planners that we wouldn’t have to rip out foundation and start over. One side of our house sits about 8 feet from the house next door. It is odd, but we and neighbor just wave as we go in and out. Kind of looks like the row houses in old urban neighborhoods. It made for lots of room on the other side of house…
    So, we’ve ripped out and added a couple of times but never touched the upstairs. This will be huge…..but not quite as huge as your project.
    Thanks for all the details you show. Keeps me thinking.

  5. November 18, 2009

    I cannot even imagine what would be involved in moving a house to a new site! And what a great example of reusing/recycling (at a great price!). Good for you.

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