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I can’t help but laugh even as l type this post … you see l am laughing because the image l have used for this post is NOT right directly, but it is indirectly directly right! Still snarkling here! This question as you will soon see is NOT about space – the final frontier – but about ‘quirky space’ and if you have enough for your needs?
I was watching a programme this morning whilst having breakfast called ‘Homes Under The Hammer’ which is a home improvement series about properties that are sold via auction and are not always top quality and or notch and how the new buyers then make them good with renovations, repairs and overall at times needed structural improvement for either a ‘keep for themselves project’ or more often than not buy to sell or buy to rent on as a business concern. The presenters of the show walk around these properties and speak to the cameras and thus the soon to be watching audiences about the properties negative and positive factors.
The episode l happened across this morning, showed a somewhat dilapidated property soon to go under the hammer in the auction and the presenter was talking about how the building had an assortment of nooks and crannies which could serve as quite often needed valuable additional space, but they were somewhat quirky and whether the buyers to be [whoever they are/were] would keep these strange areas as invaluable spaces in a house or would they knock them through to create larger space.
This in turn got me to thinking about my house here – Willow – and some of the other places l have lived in over the years and thinking about ‘quirky space as opposed to larger space’ and the benefits of having additional space in a house for the items that you have that you need but you don’t need to actually see or use daily – and where do you put them – if you don’t have a ‘garage that’s NOT holding your car or bike’, and you don’t have a loft that you can utilise and so on?
My previous rental property didn’t really have any additional space – we had a shed that leaked and had damp issues and stored things in boxes in there, as a bungalow it had no loft, we had a small cupboard which housed the metres and there was some space there, an airing cupboard that was shelved and we had a car porch and so no garage to store stuff in and we struggled for space at times despite being technically a 3/4 bedroomed house.
Now l know that some people who ‘may’ respond to this – will have differing viewpoints and are quite possibly minimalists – l know of two -possibly three that may respond and so they will have very different outlooks, but still the question would be NOT so much about how minimalistic you are today or now are but more importantly to do with quirkier spaces you have in your house/apartment that you have use of or utilise to the best advantage that you can to store your life away.
Most modern houses are now built to do away with those quirky spaces in favour of more open space and yet so many houses end up using garages for what some might refer to as unwanted and unrequired clutter and yet in many cases it is not so much clutter but simply ‘life’. More and more newer houses are now being built with space only in mind and yet newer builds are not always that spacious but it’s usually smaller space.
You live to your space … Willow is a quirky house but she is also a very old house – and yet as a three bedroomed property, she doesn’t always have what l consider valuable space – she does have a lot of quirky spaces though but they are not always practical modern quirky space as is sometimes the case in older houses like this one.
I have a cupboard underneath the stairs and although it is a deep cupboard it is not a practical cupboard – but l guess it is more of a bitsnbots cupboard – but not terribly practical, l also have shelves and cupboards scattered around the house in various locations and l utilise them very well, but my so call usable space as in functional space is not that practical and l still end up having to stow and store in places that shouldn’t be stowed and stored into. Suze has a new build property, it is very small and although it is spacious it STILL small spacious only and doesn’t have enough quirky space to be practical so she has to be quite inventive and create quirky space from so called practical space.
Anyway, to the questions …
|How much quirky space do you have as opposed to practical functional space in your house/home?|
|Is it enough or too little or are you a minimalist that doesn’t need too much space – practical or quirky anyway?|
Let me know your thoughts below – thanks