In quarters as diminutive as Rosslyn’s icehouse, when space is at a premium, it’s necessary to get creative with each book and cranny. Under a staircase, for example, we now have a cushion cubby for storing deck items during inclement weather.
This wasn’t originally in the plan. I was trying to squeeze bookshelves into all viable locations. And so both western sides of the lower staircase accommodated books in our plan. But during a midwinter team meeting I expressed a desire to rethink the wasted area between the bookshelves and the mechanical room. Matt asked about incorporating deep drawers under the mid floor landing to store big items like deck cushions. Ah-ha!
This eureka moment opened the way to rethinking and eventually changing the bookshelf into access u der the stairs for a LOT of storage that would have otherwise gone to waste. Thanks, Matt!
Of course, finishing off the interior posed some interesting “chicken or the egg” dilemmas while framing and cladding, but eventually it all came together. In these photos Tony is putting the finishing touches on this restricted access storage boondoggle. Cramped quarters for wood filling and sanding and priming and painting, but Tony never balked and never complained.
Whenever rainy days worsened from drizzle to downpour Tony gamely installed himself in the cushion cubby and pushed forward until the rain stopped and he could return to stone wall building or some other pressing project. Thanks, Tony.
And now it’s time to cross this off the list. Cushion cubby complete. Hurrah!