I didn’t put in the new shower fixtures of the final wall yet. it is because I know better, and will wait for my folks to come back and I will explain that all the options will function and work, but as they age and I take into consideration a diminished physical and mental prowess, there is a solution that has form and function. imagine the look on my face on Saturday morning when I opened the box and went, “where are the other parts?”
people think I like building out things, the truth is I can think of about 10,000 things I could and would rather be doing, yet, for whatever reason, there is a combination in my head that can think it, design it, and I can build it too. I know a lot of people that are great in any of the three categories, yet, I have watched them stop dead as they can’t do the other parts. while it leads to the case of hiring out the various functions – I guess it is the skunkworks methodology that has small teams of people with several skills crossing over together that allows the think, design, build in one person/small team.
what I am thinking about, as a large human was putting things in small spaces is that I really am amazed and astounded how much stuff we have in the united states, and how little we really need to be happy. in my head I am working through various designs of the loftwerks and augmanity spaces while I was working away and thinking, ‘wow, that would be cool..it will look good and function in articulated and automated ways.” I think it is just myself in that I want the space to be ideally in nature with fresh air and the sounds of nature and not the noise of a densely packed city that intrigues me.
when looking over rooftops from a skyscraper in NYC last week, I thought, “the super-rich are gobbling up the big spaces and coming back to live in the urban environments. what about the average or financially challenged people?”
perhaps this is where the work with agrowspace blends into augmanity? I will simply go sketch now…and put the ideas on paper that have been floating in my mind as I raced to get a place back to where mom and dad can function – and if we agree to what is the final design for them after discussing the pro’s and con’s….they can sign off on it. I guess that is the problem when you think from the other persons perspective and ask, “in ten years, if I have arthritis, and I can’t get into a bathtub…if I don’t want to go into a home…what would I need to have a decent quality of life to take care of myself?”
yeah…tis odd. what I keep coming up with is more minimalism. someone commented, “you have lots of stuff with all your designs and tools.” they don’t realize that in the old days you needed all of them to build anything. today…you need one sexy powerful computer…and a few pieces of equipment to make anything…then you assemble your custom creations.
hey, I think where we are headed with technology is great. I am thankful that I know what and how to build if the power should ever go down. this is something I think would be a massive freak-out for many on the planet. “what do we do…we don’t have power for a day, week, or month!”
let’s hope that doesn’t happen, particularly in the USA – while it would be great for people to look at their neighbor and say, “hello” and they have to learn to get along…it would require a power outage of 90 days for people to really change.
we can change by choice now and put in the work, or we can wait for some massive calamity to hit and we change. it is our choice.
as for mom and dads shower design dilemma, we go meet the shower folks at 2pm and settle any confusion mom has. I guess this is the part where if you think it, design it, AND build it – you know all the parts and work that has to go into making something look really easy, simple….form and function meeting and blending. I don’t see it often in most of the USA. why? probably because it costs time and/or money for quality.