Space Out –Miranda Toy, Bel Floratine

Our supercool AC unit! amazon.com

Our supercool AC unit! amazon.com

Hi everyone! I don’t know about you guys but it is definitely beginning to feel like summer here. Just the other day it was like 95 degrees. Closer to summer, closer to the end of Project VENTURA (sad, yet rewarding). Last week we began our eBook chapters which is how the class is going to present on May 23 in front of lots and lots of people. My team and I are doing Google SketchUp/making furniture plans and materials. I’m working on the Google SketchUp section and I’ve found it difficult to talk about it for 1500 words. If you have any suggestions for me, please let me know! Anyway, Ms. JO ordered this really cool AC unit that hasn’t even come out yet. It’s called Quirky + GE Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner–you should definitely check it out. More good news is that the we are almost done building all of the furniture and things are going according to schedule. I was a little afraid of us having to scramble last minute for things to get done but it makes me feel a lot better knowing how we are doing on time. Last semester, our final was rushed and most groups were stressing, however it is much different this time. The portable was always tense with girls running around frantically getting things done, on the other hand the feel of the room is more relaxed. It’s safe to say that the hardest part of Project VENTURA is over!

Today I’m going to talk about different ways to make small spaces feel bigger. The Airstream is definitely a nice size in comparison to the trailer last year, however for a commons area it may feel tight at times. In order to prevent that from happening here are a few tips from houzz.com.

Rooms look so much more spacious with natural lighting. http://cdn.freshome.com

Rooms look so much more spacious with natural lighting. http://cdn.freshome.com

Let as much natural light as you can into the space, this allows the room to feel spacious while also giving it character. The Airstream has lots of potential for natural light, especially during the day, so it is important that the faculty members use that to their advantage. I believe that I mentioned this in a previous blog post but using neutral and light colors can make a huge difference in the way the room looks. We made sure the have multiple functions for the furniture being put inside. For example, the couch with the dinette is intended to be used for conferences and eating space. Also, I know that there is going to be a bookshelf. It is important to keep it clean and prevent a lot of clutter from forming on it. A suggestion is to keep some shelves empty for an airy and dramatic look. Using furniture with enclosed compartments helps hide random things that you may have. Underneath the extension of the couch is where we are keeping the Airstream battery, this way it is out of sight but in a place we can easily access it.

Now we can all move into tiny homes using these tips. Have fun and good luck!

 

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