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I think it would be cool to have storage
towers in homes. The towers would allow
you to build with a very small footprint,
and a sort of revolving dumbwaiter would
allow you to access different items.
Everything to be stored would have to fit
into a bin of specific size; you would be
able to pull these bins from stations on
either side of the shaft. Everything you
put in would be indexed, and could be
called up using any number of interfaces.
No more linen closet, no more Christmas
decorations box under the stairs, no more
winter clothes taking up half of the closet.
Spin off of this idea [theGem, Oct 22 2008]
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||Maybe other people see "storage tower" as a completed idea, but I don't. How does this work? Is this a tower of bins with a dumb waiter infront which has some kind of grabbing mechanism? Is is only a one dimensional shelf or is is a cylindrical column with the dumb waiter in the middle? Who has these areas in a house?
||I have a ranch and I was thinking of putting a train in the attic that had flat cars covering the whole track. Then when I needed something, I'd go to the top of the ladder and run the train till the correct box came by. Wanted to put a coat rack powered track in the basement too.
||In our area, about an hour from the metro, we have codes that specifically deny anything over a certain height- say 30 feet from road level.
||Normally not a problem, but if the driveway is a fairly steep...
||If I ever get to build my dream home I think I would incorporate something like this.
Also a triangular fireplace so that three separate rooms can have their own hearth without being able to see through to the other rooms.
||[MrQ] I'm thinking that the shelves
would revolve something like an
escalator, only vertical. This kind of
thing exists in factory applications.
||The shelves would go up one side, over
the top, and down the other while
staying level. This could also be
achieved through a clamp or hook
system and special bins to eliminate the
need for shelves.
||[apnea] I'm not thinking of Fuller's idea,
which involved digging a very large
airtight well; this should all be done
||[Bc] at 30 feet, a 6x6 closet space
would give you about 1000 cubic feet of
storage. If you lose 20% to the
mechanism, you have 800 cubic feet.
This is the same amount of storage as a
closet that is 10X10X8, packed floor to
||[MrQ] I love the attic train idea.
||What are you going to do with the empty closets?
||Oh, yes of course! Well, then. Very good idea. +
||I liked this idea so much I stole it. Well it more a spin off then a
steal. It's called Home Silo.
||Thanks for the inspiration.