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Porta-walls

Rearrange your house to suit your needs.
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Modular interior walls with appropriate power connections built in allow you to rearrange your living space to suit your immediate need/mood. Bath and kitchen spaces must remain stationary due to the difficulty of modular plumbing and venting.

Having a party? Living/dining room too small? No problem! Pull down a couple walls, store them in the garage/basement/attic and open the place up! Expecting? Create a nursery in less than an hour. Need storage? Make a closet!

phoenix, Jun 14 2001

Moveable walls http://google.yahoo...+walls%22&hc=0&hs=1
553 hits on Yahoo. [angel, Jun 14 2001, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       I love this idea. Such an invention would have completely transformed my childhood (I was one of eight people living in a six-room house -- bathroom included in the six). Imagine: more than a drawer to myself; fewer fights with siblings; the ability to write in my diary, change clothes, or cry, unobserved.   

       <sigh.>   

       Go forth, phoenix, and change the world with your fantastic idea. I regret that I have but one half-croissant to cast in favor of it.
1percent, Jun 14 2001
  

       Art galleries do this alot. Big walls on wheels for more hanging space.
benfrost, Jun 14 2001
  

       Walls on wheels (hidden casters) is what I had in mind as I don't think I'd care to have tracks visible. This also allows the walls to be added/removed rather than just rearranged.
phoenix, Jun 14 2001
  

       Also handy if you happen to run out of paper in the bathroom...<grin> <Don't get me wrong, I like the shoji screens...just couldn't let a feed line go hungry.>   

       Hotels use things called 'air-walls' that hang from tracks in the ceiling and lock together when in place. No tracks on the floor, and they store in niches in the walls.
StarChaser, Jun 14 2001
  

       Baked in my loft in Brooklyn. Walls on wheels allow us to reconfigure the space depending on what we're doing with it.
snarfyguy, Jun 14 2001
  

       i think the japanese would say "told ya so".
anonymousno1, Jun 15 2001
  

       I'd like a house where all the internal walls were the kind of moveable walls which libraries and archives use to save storage space - i.e. enormous racks of shelves, probably weighing several tons each.
hippo, Nov 19 2002
  

       Real architects do this sort of thing. Look at some back issues of Fine Homebuilding magazine for more examples of good design and shameless over-consumption.
carjug4, Nov 30 2002
  

       Combine this with the inflatable house idea and you have inflatable walls! when you dont need them, deflate and put in the closet.
Arcanus, Aug 26 2009
  
      
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