Thursday, February 08, 2007

Drawing House Plans

I'm in the process of doing research on how to best remodel our master bathroom to include the walk-in closet next to it. I've spent the last two days on the Internet looking at walk-in tubs, wheelchair accessible showers, and any and everything else I can find that would help me decide what to do with this space. DH will leave this up to me, because he knows I enjoy doing it, plus I have a certain amount of skill in this area.

I took three years of drafting in high school, and even drew up one complete set of house plans for a bungalow with a loft, as I recall. I wish I had kept those plans, but I can still see much of it in my head, even today.

But my house plan drawing days go much farther back than that. I never had a doll house, but I did have a large amount of 10 cent store plastic doll house furniture. I distinctly remember a little tiny rubbery baby doll, with a painted on diaper, that would fit in a pink high chair. She was permanently in a seated position, and couldn't have been more than an inch tall. So, without a house for all that furniture, what did I do?

I would go out on the front sidewalk, and draw house after house plan with chalk. Even at that age, I remember including closets and doors. I had a plastic toilet, bathtub and sink, as well as a refrigerator and stove. If I didn't have what I wanted, I just drew it in! All the girls on my block would get together and play house with our chalk drawings.

So here I am, almost 60 years later, still drawing rooms, and loving every minute of it!

16 comments:

Sharon Lynne said...

Sounds like fun! I'd like to roll back time and join you. Your post brought back memories of visiting my grandmother. She had a small amount of plastic furniture. The chairs were about 5 1/2 to 6 inches. I loved playing with it.

Janey Loree said...

As usual you trigger memories of my childhood too! Particularly that my cats would end up dressed up in doll clothes!!

Dirty Butter said...

I remember the scale of my furniture being smaller than that, but the only thing I'm sure of is that baby doll. Based on that, you're probably right about the size of my furniture, Sharon Lynne. It's fun to sit and delve into the past and pull up childhood memories.

Dirty Butter said...

Poor kitty! My childhood pet was a golden cocker spaniel, but I don't think I ever tried to dress her up, Janey Loree LOL!!

Tomas Karkalas said...

Dear Dirty Butter,
you are... you are the real miracle maker. Coming to your blog is equal to find the peace. I cant explain why it happens thus but it is so. It would be hard to quote something from your post but there is no need for that- the whole post-the whole your blog is the most wonderful quote that transforms me into I don't know how to name that new my shape, but I don't worry for that- I just rejoice and... I even started to draw my own house. Wow.
Sorry for the flow of words- I hope though one of them would fit somehow to comment page, but they all mirror my heart - Thank you.

jan said...

I think it is so great when our early interests and talents come back to us in later years. Sometimes we are a little unsure about plunging into new areas, but if it is something we knew and loved to do in the past, it is so much easier to undertake.

Sheila said...

Glad you are enjoying the process. I've written a post for my blog about HGTV (Home & Garden Television on cable), and I've never seen them do anything like your project. With us Baby Boomers aging, I think you should write them and see if they'd consider your remodel job for a show. Wouldn't that be wild?

Kurt said...

I remember drafting class, I used to love it. I'm glad your doing what you have a talent for. Continued good luck.

Dirty Butter said...

Tomas, you don't ever need to apologize for your use of words. I'm glad you find something that warms your heart when you share my childhood memories.

Dirty Butter said...

What fascinates me, Jan, is to see how skills I learned early made new skills easier to master. Geometry was a breeze for me in high school, after all that drafting. And my printing and math problem sketches were always a point of pride when I taught elementary school, again thanks to drafting.

Dirty Butter said...

Now that's a neat idea, Shelia! Trouble is, we're much too private to want a television crew in our home!

You may not have realized it, but I've never posted a single picture of me or anyone else in our family. hehe

Dirty Butter said...

Drafting class was like play time for me, Kurt. I seriously considered pursuing it as a career, but my teacher died when I was a Senior, and without his help I didn't stand a chance of getting a job. Why? Because I'm female! Times have changed!!!

Marion said...

There was something so orderly about drafting...I loved it!

I loved building little villages in sand, with bridges and lakes and tiny houses made out of whatever scraps of wood I could find.

great memories!

Dirty Butter said...

YOU took drafting, too, Marion????

Sometimes I think we're twins, separated at birth LOL.

Norma said...

Sounds like fun, but if you want everything up to code and also want to save money, I suggest an architect who knows your community zoning and design requirements and will listen to your needs.

Dirty Butter said...

ROTFL!!!

Thanks for the good laugh hehehe! We wouldn't actually build from anything I drew, but it helps to decide what we want in the space that's available.

But the reason I'm busting out laughing is that we live out in the middle of nowhere. About the only rule around here is you can't have livestock pens on residential property. Our neighbors down the street used to have a pig pen in their back yard - it's a yard, not a farm!!