What I probably never drew was a home. Over the last few months all four of us have been drawing homes. Davies and Scarlett have done this exercise many times over the last few years. We have had very elaborate interiors including helter skelter staircases, laundry chutes, trapdoors and skylight windows to see the moon, the stars and the northern lights. Drawing a home is a whole lot more fun than drawing a house I think.
We have a few very inspirational books on cob and other green buildings which we have been referring to for help at this stage
- room for Bonnie's crate - somewhere near the door so that she doesn't walk mud all through the place when she comes in wet or dirty. Bonnie sleeps in her crate but only really goes in when we are either not home or in bed so it doesn't need to be in the main space.
- space for coats and boots - we need a 'decontamination zone' for wet and muddy clothes when we come in from outside.
- Power hub - we need a space outside to house our generator, inside for the batteries and invertors and controls for our off grid power sources.
- Boiler room and water tank - a space for storing and heating water.
- Clock - my 21st birthday present from Ady was a giant pine framed clock. Nearly 20 years later it is still the focal point of every home we have and will require a flat bit of wall to hang on - we need to factor that into our plans.
- Bath space - we really miss a bath and need to ensure there is a space for one with a nice view, it doesn't need to be fully enclosed in a room, just screened off from the main living space.
- Loo room - this does need to be enclosed and would be best near the door so you can just nip in from outside without going all through the house.
- Cooking, eating and hanging out - this is the main focus of any indoor space for us and makes sense to be all in one place rather than sectioned into separate rooms.
- Cosy place - for a child to sit with a book or drawing materials, for an adult to sit and drink a coffee or write or check emails.
- Christmas tree - you can laugh! We tend to have our Christmas tree up for the best part of a month and so something which is around for 1/12 of the year deserves a space planned for it even if the other 11/12 of the year that space is given over to something else.
- Sleeping, personal space, storage for clothes, toys.