The Fourth Wall

8.10.08 Sweet New Suite

It’s official, we are happily relocated on the 8th floor of the Takoma Business Center! Info appears above with new stuff in RED. I know what a pain it is to ask you to update your files, and I appreciate you doing so.

By the way, the drawing pictured above is the one I used in order to solve the problems of moving. It’s hard to see that it’s done on graph paper… 1/4 inch square = 1 foot.

Because three dimensional design is super challenging for me, I’ve employed this technique for 3 moves now, at the office and at home. And it really works! I highly recommend this for anyone… whether you are design-minded… or (especially) if you are not.

For the office move I had the space planner’s scale drawing to work with. Unfortunately, it really was not done very accurately, which caused problems. For two home moves, I’ve measured the rooms myself, and it worked out far better.

If you’re moving, or even planning a new room, give this technique a try. Mark the windows and doors on your drawing and then measure existing furniture you think you want to include… and any new furniture you’re considering buying. Cut the furniture out of the same graph paper and put double stick tape on the back. Then… play! In many situations, the best plan will quickly present itself. I recommend you ask another person to also work with you, both on paper and in real life when the move occurs. In two instances, I’ve had the help of friends and colleagues who brought a different (and ultimately, better) eye to the process.

There will always be things you’ll change. What looks good on paper may not have the right feng shui in real life. But it will definitely give you a solid start, and will help you as you plan what to take, what to buy, and what to leave behind.

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