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Once again this came to me in a dream and initially I
thought it was a rubbish idea but I have now changed my
As it stands, attics are accessed via a hatchway and ladder.
This is both a potential hazard and a waste of space. It's a
hazard because someone could fall or drop something
through the hole. Its a waste of space because there is a
way of utilising the entry in a more convenient and
accessible manner for storage.
In my dream, the hatchway to the attic is lined with
shelves, which could be closed using lockable sliding or
conventional doors. Small objects which are not needed or
wanted often enough to justify keeping them in the main
rooms of the house but required or desired more
frequently than usual attic storage could be kept in these
shelves. It would be relatively easy to access these objects
simply by opening the hatch and unfolding the ladder.
Further into the attic is a kind of passage along which one
crawls, lined again with cupboards, shelves, drawers and
the like, perhaps labelled, containing other such objects.
Finally, there is a second open hatchway into the main part
of the attic which again contains storage facilities.
This reduces the height of the main attic, thereby easing
access to higher parts of the roof space and utilising the
otherwise wasted floor space.
It also makes it impossible to fall out of the attic or drop
This idea can be extended to the main part of the house
thus, though I kind of regard this as a separate idea: if the
doors are similarly staggered horizontally in the other
rooms, similar storage space is provided along the hallways
between the rooms. This would enable the rest of the
house to be neater and more minimalist. Having said that,
I accept that this would also take up a lot of room and
would probably be counterproductive.
The People Under The Stairs
Not a nice place to stay ... [8th of 7, Aug 03 2017]
||So, to get anywhere in your house, you'd have to
||It feels, because it's from a dream, that the idea is missing or unrealistically compressing a spacial dimension.
||// Small objects which are not needed or wanted often enough to justify keeping them in the main rooms of the house but required or desired more frequently than usual attic storage could be kept in these shelves. //
||What, like your black leather gimp mask, and handcuffs ?
||I dreamt I wasn't reading this.
||Yes, come to think of it there is a strong element of
compression in this which crops up a lot in dreams. I hadn't
noticed that before, thanks [wjt].
||[ of ], those are in the dungeon.
||Do you access that via a hatchway and ladder too ?
||Yes, it makes it harder for the denizens to escape.
||Ah, those would be The People Under The Stairs, presumably ... <link>