If Money Was No Object
By Jeff Salter
Gosh, I’ve never done ANYthing where money was no object. Let me see.
The complex would be set away from the nearest road, but still visible from that surface. [If I have to call 9-1-1, I want them to be able to locate us.]
It will be surrounded by a handsome lawn with trees on the north side [passive solar orientation].
Around the “yard” itself would be a few acres of trees on at least two sides, and a few acres of meadows. I don’t really care what’s growing on the meadows, but I don’t want corn because it leaves that ugly stubble.
There could be neighbors, but not close enough that I can hear their music or conversations.
In my living complex, there would be no stairs — just gentle ramps to connect the upper and lower levels for those portions of the complex which have more than one level.
Design would be modular, so people could find peace and quiet even if there was a crowd present. But each module has an intercom so others can easily be alerted if there’s a problem or special need.
The bi-level modules would be connected by elevated and screened breezeways, which would be climate controlled in the winter with storm windows. Of course, you could also reach each module by covered and screened walkways at ground level, but sometimes I don’t feel like going outside, so I’d have my elevated breezeways. The single-story modules would also have covered and screened walkways, so you could move from one to the other without changing into street clothes.
There’s at least one large central room which could hold a sizeable gathering. The kitchen and dining area would be synced to the module with this large central space.
The module which has the main bedroom will, of course, also have a full bath, a small kitchen, and be very close to my writing study (which will be its own small module as a sort of satellite from the master BR). That way, if I want a sip of juice but I’m in my skivvies, I can get it from the small kitchen…and not have to disturb (or alarm) whatever visitors are in the main module with the full kitchen, etc.
Each other bedroom would have its own bathroom, but not every bathroom would include a tub (some would have shower stalls only).
There’s a module which is my personal library, with floor-to-ceiling shelves and those sliding ladder things. Plus some comfy seats for reading. It will require a bit of expensive magic, perhaps, but this library space will also connect directly to my study… though not be “part” of my study. [In other words, if somebody else is using the library space, their presence would not disturb my writing concentration.] Since this is all just make-believe anyhow, we’ll just pretend my study can be both isolated AND connected to two other modules.
There’s a module for my collection of military uniforms and gear from four different war eras. This is a combination of plentiful storage areas and display areas… for small tours (such as classroom sized groups).
There’s a module for my wife’s various crafts, along with PLENTY of storage — some visible (like shelves) and some not visible (like a wall-full of closets).
In one of the modules is a “home theater” space where we can watch movies (streaming or DVD)… since I don’t go to theaters any more.
Behind the modular complex is a large barn-looking facility. Upstairs are spaces for studios or studies or spill-over bedrooms. Downstairs is climate controlled storage on one side, while the other side has spaces for the mower, golf cart, and Arctic Cat four-passenger ATV. [The groundskeeper also maintains all the vehicles.]
One module garages the primary “road” vehicles, and (since money is no object in this fantasy) I’m getting a brand new pickup truck and my wife gets a brand new SUV.
Since I like a variety of architectural styles, I think I’d need one of the two story modules to be Victorian, and one to be rustic tree-house. For the single story modules: one might be “cabin-style” and perhaps one could be Colonial. I’ve always wanted to live in a castle, so maybe one has those features. I’d let my wife pick out the other styles to use.
Depending on the orientation of the modules, I’d want a spacious covered and screened porch which I could use in the mornings without the sun in my face. And I’d want another screened and covered porch or deck from which I could watch the evening sunsets. Well, basically, I’d want a covered and screened porch on all four main points of the compass.
There would be plenty of parking area, for when friends are over, without anybody having to park on the grass.
There would be an outdoor area for campfires and nearby would be a patio where (in pleasant weather) we could dine outdoors.
The infrastructure would be powered by a combination of solar and wind generators, as well as sufficient electric to run everything if the solar and wind systems were ever compromised. A sizeable back-up generator system would fully supply our power needs when the electricity is down. Several systems would have redundant components of either natural gas or propane, in case everything else is down.
There would be a fully equipped storm cellar with its own HVAC and water supply.
This complex would feature a full time groundskeeper but I wouldn’t have to talk to him/her unless I wanted to. Just do the work, draw a nice salary (from this “unlimited” funding source I’ve tapped into) and leave me alone. This will be a friendly soul, but NOT an intrusive chatterbox.
The complex would feature a full-time housekeeper, but I wouldn’t have to talk to her/him unless I wanted to. Just do the work, draw a nice salary, and leave me alone. [See above for the ratio of “friendly” to “chatterbox”.]
The complex would feature a full-time cook, but I wouldn’t have to talk to her/him unless I wanted to. Just do the work, draw a nice salary, and leave me alone. [See above.]
Yeah, I know… nobody wants to look at a modular complex where each module has a different architectural style. But since nobody’s planning to give me the millions necessary to build this complex, it’s all just a dream anyhow. Right?