Monday, June 25, 2007

design tips for size and shape problems in a room

Hi Josh, glad you liked the mirrors we used to make our living room look wider (previous decor post). The widest point of our living area is only 3.9 meters but everyone always says the place is spacious. Opposite the mirrors, glass walls open to a porch. Left or right the eye is not dead-ended, and we replaced the bulky old sofa with a smaller one. And the higher than average ceiling is a bonus.

You were griping about your room (shown here) so I made a list of what you think's wrong with it:

1) Room is an irregular shape, only 2.5 meters wide and 6 meters long.

2) Wants a repaint, preferred colors gray, blue and orange.

3) No place to hide clutter, takes too long to clean.

4) Needs more cooling, only electric fan is available.

The good things about your room is its roof garden location --more breeze-- and it opens to a deck with plants and birds (in the city, so consider yourself blessed). We looked up files for standby answers to the problems so here are some short and longterm options you can choose from:


Architectural Solutions

1) Open up about two-thirds of the wall facing the deck and replace with grillwork inside and acordion screen doors outside. Curtains or shades will close off this off at night.

The outside view will expand the room's inside perspective and make the small
space seem bigger. Added bonuses are more light and air. Your roof overhang would have to be at least one meter, though, so the rains don't come in.

Our dining alcove (shown next post) is an example.

2) Do the same with sliding glass. Glass is an insulator, though, so you'd need airconditioning.

Next Post: Decorating Solutions

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi ya girls. thnx for d tip on ventilation & making more space. Yup, a sliding glass door had always lingered in my mind. Now it seems its d best solution to do (i just hope d neighbors wont be peeping a lot --hehehehe) :)

June 26, 2007 at 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i can open up my space to my potted greens :)

June 26, 2007 at 2:11 PM  

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