Saturday, July 4, 2009
The House Worked Like It Was Designed To Work
They were on their way from their Boy Scouts High Adventure Wilderness Canoe trip to Quetico, Canada back to their homes in Illinois. They were prohibited by rules from making the car trip in a single day, so they were invited to 'camp out' at the lake house. There were sixteen of them. They parked their uniform shirts and shoes in the welcoming foyer, they lounged around on the deck for a while, then some wandered down to the dock to paddle a bit while others took over the dining room table for a game of Pictionary and others played cards upstairs in the nook and others lounged in the living room. Here and there, individuals browsed the stacks and rows of books and chose one to read. A half dozen engaged themselves in the preparing of dinner. At bedtime. sleeping pads and sleeping bags were spread about the bedroom areas and in the downstairs hall and on the living room and dining room rugs. In the morning, they helped themselves in turns to cereal or toast and jams while some showered in either of the two bathrooms. Everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable time and headed out in the morning a little more recovered from the hard work of their trip and happy for the camaraderie enjoyed and the stories exchanged. That is exactly how I envisioned the house being used through all the design and materials selection and furnishing process. It was success embodied!