#Inktober2019 – 1. Ring

Intro

I saw a few #Inktober posts out there so I figured I’d give it a go. I’m not an artist and my skills at drawing have largely gone underutilized since high school. However I have an affinity for design, had an interest in architecture growing up, and figured it’d be fun to try to use the prompt-list to design aspects of houses/buildings. (I’ll work on lighting and balance later since I did this one off the cuff).

This is a Master Bedroom which is divided into three parts: The Bedroom proper (center), which connects to a Bathroom and a large Walk-in-Closet. The intent is for this to be along a side wall with one of the longer walls facing outside so that floor-to-ceiling windows can be used to let in a lot of light.

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#Inktober2019 Prompt List

The Ring/Bedroom

“The Ring” is the two curved walls that face each other that serves as the central space to the Master Suite where the bed goes. I see a large bed going here – either a King or (one day I’d like one) an Ace size one.

The curved wall at the top of the bed would allow the bed to sit slightly inside the curve to shield light from coming from the bathroom. Opposite the bed, the curve can fit a wall-mounted TV and a console that can be used for storage.

I don’t have a TV in my current bedroom, but watching a movie while relaxing in bed is nice, so if I were to ever build a Master Suite, I’d like that as an option.

Bathroom

When I envision an ideal bathroom, there are a few features that come to mind. One thing I keep in mind when envisioning my ideal house is that some things can be easily doubled-up to make life easier. Hence why there are two toilets and why they are in their own smaller rooms, separate from the bathroom proper.

Two sinks with space for a makeup counter in between is a fairly classic design. Shower in the corner – and this should be large. There isn’t any reason to limit oneself to a single nozzle for water or to space for a single person to stand as showering with a partner can be very relaxing and make it much easier to soap up ones back – among other things.

Opposite and along the floor-to-ceiling window is a standalone soaking tub. I feel staying away from jets saves on cleaning/maintenance, plus having a deep tub eliminates issues of legs not being covered. Ideally the tub would have a view – I see this being great for a green countryside, snow-covered mountains or an urban skyline. May need to consider some sort of blinds/frosting for privacy if desired.

Walk-in Closet

Taking advantage of the other curve on the wall, this would allow for a larger clothing rack to be put on the backside of the wall. Center to the room would be dressers which can be built in and topped in either marbal or copper (or some other choice material). The intent is to have space for accessories but also for folding clothing.

Around the walls (which aren’t intended to have windows though if opportunities exist to use natural light exist, they should be taken) are spots to hang clothes, chests of drawers, displays for shoes/boots/etc. I see closet design as being modular in that one can re-arrange if needed but uniform and well-lit. Toward the center of the bottom of this design (hard to see as I added it last minute since I forgot) is a closet containing a stacked Washer/Dryer unit.

A minor treatise on Washers and Dryers

Washer and Dryers are often setup in basements in older homes because they were easier to install – electrical and water were very accessible. They can be installed there in newer homes due to lack of space on upper levels or out of people’s expectation.

Sometimes a dedicated “laundry room” is introduced which may be close to/adjacent to the kitchen. The intent here seems to be that cooking and cleaning are commonly associated tasks, and surely there are some legacy stereotypes about home-life at work there.

I see optimal Washer and Dryer placement is simply a factor of reducing the distance that clothing needs to travel. It is now common to see closets near bedrooms to have their own Washer/Dryer.

In this Master Suite, I go a step further and place it in a closet within the Walk-in-Closet. The closet-in-a-closet design choice is simply to reduce noise. Alternatively I suppose it could have been moved adjacent to the shower (which would make plumbing easier to run and enable clothing to be deposited directly into the machine upon taking it off.