Making It real
My story in attempting to bring a new housing type that improves affordability, livability & community resilience
I am confident that no idea is purely born out of a single thought. It is an accumulation of experience and percolating theory where a need needs dealing with. So, on one sunny Saturday morning, I once again mulled over the sketch pad that I had been revisiting every 6 or so months since I bought the property...which was almost 5-6 years ago if I measured it back from that Saturday. I had drawn a few sketches and ideas, even one I had before I bought the property, but nothing really gave me that "ah-ha" moment. Below is an early sketch in 2014.
Sometimes after an extended session of drawing, I would try to convince myself that I had solved it, knowing only too well that I was lying to myself. This Saturday was somewhat different. They say that you are at your peak when you are in flow, a state where nothing else exists other than the challenge in front of you. I was there.
I drew lines and created spaces at an increasing pace feeling as though I was building up to a crescendo. I imagine it is like nearing the end of a 1,000-piece puzzle where the speed in locating and placing the pieces increases almost at a feverish pace. I am guessing that is what flow is. I remember putting the pencil and ruler on the table and pushing it away and asking myself, is that it? Is that it?! As I kept visualising the process of navigating around the rooms and altering the inhabitants' lives, each virtual experience kept responding with an affirmative yes. The thing that I remembered most of that event was the feeling of relief. Something I discovered was a bit premature.
After I shared the plans with a few friends, the response only confirmed that I had the design that had the best chance in contributing to addressing those societal issues I had challenged myself to fix. At this stage, however, I was ignorant that having two kitchens in the same house was to become my nightmare. And so, the journey really started to begin from here. My experience with the institutions was the most telling, which I will recap on next.
A property expert with over 25 years experience working across both private and public sectors, predominately within the housing space.