Did anyone see that Budweiser commercial where the wall turns and on
one side there is the refrigerator (full of Bud) and the other side
just a chair and some pictures. I love that idea. I could use that
in several ways in my house. For example. my computer desk. I'd love
to be able to rotate it into the closet so when I have guests they
dont mess with my computer. The last time we had a drinking party,
the next day my computer was all screwed up. Ever since, I just shut
off the breaker for that room, but it would be great to just rotate it
away. It would be nice to have the refrig rotate from the kitchen to
the living room too. How can a person make a wall rotate like that.
I know thats just a commercial, but I do think this is possible. I
suppose the floor, section of wall, and ceiling all have to rotate
together and have a pivot in the center. Has anyone ever tried this
sort of thing?
(what if someone tries to build a real fire?) and some of this is downright
silly but I do enjoy the idea of clever or surprising elements/features in a
house. This makes me think of my great grandmothers old farm house had
stairs with lift-up tops (i.e. you could lift up the top and each step was a
storage box). Those storage steps were forgotten and when they were opened
after decades, the contents were time capsules with letters, old clothes and
all sorts of wonderful junk. I was a kid then and was it was like finding
We have pondered on how to creatively use the "wasted space" in our house.
We have a 1960s raised ranch with split entrance in front and back - there
is substantial wasted space under the foyers and stairs (as well as space
above the back stairs) that we think could be put to better use. And if it
could be done cleverly, well so much the better.
I'm sure that the engineering could be worked-out, but I might place a focus
on the strength of the staircase in normal use. The stairs might have to be
very heavy in order to be sturdy enough for use as normal stairs, but
hydraulic lifts could handle moving them. Beyond the Munsters similarity,
though, I don't see the attraction for this complex and expensive item.
A hidden entry to a reinforced panic room that could also serve as a
tornado/hurricane shelter might appeal to me. I'd go for a simple 'pull
this book' switch and a cleverly-concealed entrance.
Modern architecture is exceptionally boring and we will go down in history
as having been a dry spell for home design. Big barns with no particular
appeal are the norm. Creative elements would spice up our uninspired houses
Excellent. That is one of the coolest links I've seen posted on Usenet in
years. I'm just glad that there is a company that does that kind of thing.
If I win the lottery some day, I'll give them my business.
Now I want to see that site, but I got tired of all those flash ads
and I removed flash player since there is no way to just shut it off.
I wish sites would stop using flash. All I see is a black box on my
This is GREAT...........
Now I can keep it turned off unless I really want it.
Some of these websites that have multiple flash ads were constantly
crashing my computer. I can play one flash movie with no trouble, but
more than one caused crashes. Even Ebay sellers are using those
annoying flash ads these days. They're getting as bad as popups.
I did that once and forgot the password myself. The shut off circuit
breaker works too. I have another idea. A rotating wall for my water
heater. It's inside this tiny closet and is always near impossible to
drain or do maintenance. I'd like to make it so the water heater can
be brought to the outside to do maintenance and then rotated back into
the closet. Rigging the pipes is what puzzles me.
In the 70s or early 80s my brother and roomate lived in a commercial
space in San Francisco- sleeping quarters and bathroom were accessed
behind a revolving or swinging bookcase, to hide from building
inspectors. I never saw it. Don't recall if he built it- though he
does do that sort of thing- he's long been involved in preserving the
Giant Camera- which turns on bearings, and I remember him telling me
that he had an extra set of bearings for it lying around for years.
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