The challenge for today is to describe your dream home. Since I was very young I have had the same house in mind – or at least it always had the same elements. It needed to be open plan, it needed to be in an old open repurposed building and it needed to have different levels.
What I mean by old building is warehouse or church or fire station. What can I say I was an odd child. I used to draw my “house” all the time and even knew which buildings around PE would suit it. All this before I entered high school. I desperately wanted my parents to buy me the Old Fire Station on Albany Road for my 10th birthday – they said no. I have even begged and pleaded for the Hobie Club – have you been inside that building. It would be perfect, large open plan with a mezzanine floor for my bedroom. The building I still lust after is the tramways building at the bottom of Old Valley Road – I LOVE that building and am glad they are finally fixing it up. Look at THIS blog post from Port Elizabeth Daily Photo for a picture and THIS post for a picture of the Fire Station (unfortuntely the people who did buy it where not kind – it used to be an beautiful building!!!0
Some things did change over time; at one stage I wanted a huge tree in the middle with a various platforms and ladders from it. I wanted a fire man’s pole and even rope ladders to get to the different platforms. At one stage all my platforms where to be suspended from the roof.
Now, I would still love to repurpose an old building, I would still love an open plan house but would probably skip the different levels and rope ladders. Now my dream house is a little more functional. Somewhere to spend time as a family but each with our own space. A space for a home gym as well as an art studio / office and a state of the art kitchen (we are talking dream home after all). The finishes must be simple though, steel, concrete and brick. There must be no elaborate flourishes or gilding – that open plan loft / studio look is what I love.
Can you tell I have thought about this for a very long time – and yes, I did think of studying architecture. Actually I did more than just think about it, I did the first year at UPE, but I was too young and confused at the time and thought I would rather go travelling first and maybe go back to it later. It was one of those things that just never happened.