It was time to take a walk around the yard Saturday. Besides the obvious (put in seeds, lay out bug killers and a round of weed n feed) there were a number of “signage” projects that showed as needing work.
Visual Cueing Theory
When comes to designing a space, you will have a progressively cooler – and transporting – space, if you emphasize more than BS interior design crap. I mean let’s face it: Any old dimwit can build a white/ecru/eggshell beige/blah wall and hang a boat picture on it as call their effort “nautical flare” in design. God help us.
Visual cueing around here (*we have some audible cueing efforts as well) is very simple and yet is (I hope!) somewhat effective.
The way cueing works is you give a suggestion to a brain – only takes a little bit – and “Presto!” The mood (or vibe) of a place changes.
The easiest visual cues (and the point today) are those that define a mind space. Let’s look at some cueing examples and why they were built: Single words rule.
The palatial UrbanSurvival Headquarters Bunker door is 12 panes of glass. The one at eyelevel entering reminds people (in a quiet way) that we are in Texas. Around here if you raise anything – but particularly hell on weekends – they Ure a Texian.
In theory, a ranch is where animals are raised. But, I’ve met a few vegetables, that call anything with dirt a ranch and visa versa with farmers.
However, before looking at that cue, you will first (wandering through the shop) get (one hopes) a bit of a vibe of an old-time telegraph office, such as might have been found on the end of China Town in San Francisco or Seattle in the 1950’s. By then, Western Union was transitioning from messages to financial traffic. A move which didn’t help glass fisted telegraphers (like me) but which did well by their bottom line.
You may not remember our project last year to give the screen porch a friendlier vibe. So we did a kind of 19th hole thing. Helped along by a beer flag (in season) and a door to the Pro Shop which is really the Club House…
Where we have a problem immediately is what to do with this weather beaten “Uretopia” sign out front of the place.
Worse is that the 30-year old cedar fencing is beginning to look a little long in the tooth. Perhaps I can hornswoggle George2 into some of these projects if he ever leaves the socialist worker’s paradise on the upper left coast.
30 Acres of Problems
Typical, at this time of year is keeping an eye open for which areas look like they will bounce back in the spring and those to keep an eye on for trouble.
In the yellow circled areas, a kind of just brighter than Kelly green moss has started to come in. Which is a little concerning, since I mostly associated moss like this with the temperate trails of the Washington Cascades and Olympics. Was first the Blizzard and now the arrival of shade river moss hinting that I might want to lighten up on climate poking?
I Need a Big Project
Here’s a great design/build opportunity:
This is the 15 year old deck on the front of the building. I remember thinking “God – can you imagine? $325 for lumber for this project???”
Today – thanks to inflation/financially irresponsible govt. spending, $325 might get only stair risers and steps and maybe not even that if you went heavier than 5/4 decking and light treads.
It was a really good deck for the first 8-years. Then we got the idea to put one of those fancy (new at the time) deck paints with extra thick and non-skid. Freaking disaster.
Rotting out much faster than unpainted area and a huge disappointment overall. OK, sure 15-years is about what to expect around year, which is why three-tab over makes so much sense. Light colors in the summer for some shade…but that’s what a Sun Porch is: Deck with cheap room and let’s tack up bug screen, quick!
You will never get it from this sketch, but I have a hard time drawing by dragging my laser printer around..
This would add two towers: One for a lift basket for groceries and us if either of us has to wheelchair it some day, The other would be an upper desk-landing.
Thinking of those cheap polycarbonate panels for the roof and sidewalls. The ones on the shop are doing well after almost 16-years, now.
Already have a 20-foot lift with remote with a 1200 pound rating. Light welded cage, high enough for a wheelchair of big grocer tub and no more Mr. Coronary on the stairs.
Anyway, this is the kind of stuff that fills in when there is nothing else to do around here. Which last happened on April 6, 2004 at 3:17 PM on the screen porch.
So, off to shop work, cleaning. And, depending on when the parts come in, maybe I will do a conversion of the Genmitsu 3018 Pro CNC box to the 4030 table size with new leadscrew and such. That would change up plans for the new front gate signage to something along the High Art of Disney which has the ideal visual cueing signs everywhere on their properties.
And that’s before you go looking for “hidden Mickeys.”
Somebody asked about what the snow did to our greenhouse. So here’s the damage view:
(That’s a new solar panel rail in foreground…still have those to mount and tune…)
While it would be easy to start throwing money at this, the more I look at that centerline metal and wonder if I couldn’t just clamp or lever it into something near level and then sister-up some new metal to the existing and call it good for another year or whatever?
Being Scottish it just irks me to spend money on something so transitory as garden sheds and such. When the same money could be better-spent on a good single malt. The memory of which can be taken with you.
Hmm… buy calories or memories… Always a design trade-off, ain’t there?
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