Time and Time Again
The return to school and work after Labor Day makes me think about symbols of continuity and change — like the conventional wall clock (and speaking of conventions in this election season: how about a gavel-to-gavel-coverage-clock!). It remains recognizably the same and yet it’s always being reinvented — just like the stock house plan. Here are some examples to think about hanging in your kitchen or family room as you count the days until you can move into your new home.
This classic George Nelson Mid-century Modern Clock from Design Public is an overscaled asterisk.
I like the idea that it’s always “footnoting” the time. Kenneth Wingard’s Cube Clock (below) lets you set the face along with the hour. It can be a circle, a square, or something in between.
This clock and Wingard’s Large Mod example use geometry simply and effectively.
They both give new meaning to the phrase “block of time.”
Back to school means thinking about where you and your family work at home. If homework or bill-paying is done in the kitchen or family room those spaces should include a work table, buffet counter, or built-in desk. You can also build a desk into a window bay, along a hall, or beside a balcony. A dedicated home office is often somewhat removed from the heart of the house. Here are some plans that show a range of options.
Plan 449-16, with alcove as study.
Plan 888-1 includes “The Pad” for computers, oppoosite the stair.
Plan 461-31 includes a “den” between the second floor bedrooms.
For more examples explore Houseplans.com and Search by “Den Office Study Computer” under “Additional Rooms.”