Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dear Mr Architect....


Only photo I could find... the gym.... but questionable awnings in upper left corner on side of building...grrrr

.... what were you thinking???..... putting a flat, hollow tin awning right outside my apartment bedroom window. Did it occur to you that people might one day be actually living/attempting to sleep in your creation and that one day, here in the subtropics, it might just rain? Drip, drip, drip, drip. I have spent the night dreaming of climbing out there and laying down foam to stop the torture. Everything else is concrete, concrete would have been good. Hollow, boxy, tin stuff looks groovy... but it doesn't work.... if you've gotta live here.
Kind Regards,
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17 comments:

  1. Yep! These architects get all design-y and never consider anything more than some cute decorative element to not make the boxes so 'boxy' but do not consider the practical problems of living with these little whims!! I'll bet the architect doesn't live in the building or one like it either!
    Hope you can find an easy solution :)

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  2. I bet you must be looking forward to the wet season! Did said, presumably male architect, remember to put a linen cupboard in the apartment? The number of times I've seen those missing is a mystery to me.

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  3. The construction industry won't know what hit it when you arrive on to the scene..you just may revolutionise it! Rachaelxx

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  4. No linen cupboard... nothing.. no cupboards...except the one that hides the washer and dryer..... am using a baker's stand in the hall for my linen, which has been culled significantly to just one spare of everything! Like being back in my uni student days! The contents of my kitchen are hidden in my tall RM 'Cobbler's Wharf' rattan side board in the entrance hall area..... salad bowls, rice cooker, slow cooker, you name it. You have to breathe in when you open the front door! Seriously creative storage solutions. It all works though. You get used to whatever space you live in I suppose..... as long as there is a 'dealing with all the family junk' system in place. All I can say is thank goodness for that storage facility. A-M xx

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  5. Disclaimer first: I am an architect. Please don't blame the architects (well completely) as its the clients who call the shots on projects like these and clients REALLY like to save money. The things they ask you to minimize or leave out you wouldn't believe. The end users often don't notice until its too late because they are so swayed by the overall look of the place.
    As for the rain on the tin, I am one of those odd people who love that sound!

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  6. Another aspect of your apartment which intrigues me is the tiny kitchen you have described.
    Why do they (disclaimer to 'they')design such silly small kitchens devoid of space and storage?
    xx
    Ps. Over time A-M you may come to love the drip drip drip and find it soothing.

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  7. Pps. Popped into our storage unit the other day to measure a table and determined to sell, donate or toss a goodly portion of stuff we have paid handsomely to store for the last two years.
    Annoying! where was my crystal ball in 'o8

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  8. Yup, the main thing I hated about architect school, it was all about design and NEVER about function. In fact I frequently got in trouble for discussing function, build-ability, and usability and the professors would tell me, "let the engineers figure that out".. so stupid!

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  9. I feel your pain, I just left a home where the drip down onto a rock that was so big and imbedded into the soil that when I awoke in the middle of the night to go out into the rain to move it, I forgot I cant change into the incredible hulk at a whim made me come up with so many varied solutions. Eventually a string tied into the drip hole won...but I dreamt all night about all the different ways of fixing it.I think if they could some men would live in a toilet as long as the seat was comfy and there was a tv and a fridge.....

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  10. Constant dripping is enough to drive anyone made I reckon. Almost as bad is a child with a persistent cough that keeps you awake all night...even my old standby, Vicks didn't work...makes for a grumpy mother!
    Clare x

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  11. How annoying! The architects need to take lessons in the A-M school of design I think. You wouldn't have gotten that wrong :)
    Jxx

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  12. I think it would just be nice if you stopped to look at the bright side and enjoy the rain - there is nothing better to lull you off to sleep, especially on a tin roof! Think happy thoughts! Think happy thoughts!

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  13. Hi Remstar,

    Unfortunately, I would love to just enjoy the rain (having lived in A-M's terrific last house which had a tin roof) but I think A-M hasn't really explained the situation with the gravity it deserves. This is not consistent pitter patter of rain, this is the sound of a jamaican 44 gallon drum band mixed with eye popping 'chinese water torture'. As a member of the 'I can sleep through anything' club (eg upside down on a plane, on the dance floor of a raging party etc) I can assure you that there is no 'lulling' of any kind going on here. This is the first time in my life I have resorted to ear plugs! I actually love the sound of rain on any type of roof. THTAMB xxx

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  14. Oh dear, now that I've given him remote access to my 'portal', he's going to weigh in on every debate. Love you Mr A-M, A-M xx

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  15. Love the commnent made by Mr A-M.... xox

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  16. Lol ok so there is a difference, thanks for the explanation, was being a happy polyanna but perhaps she would even get drowned out by that!

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx