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Poetry Fishbowl Open!
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polydad From: polydad Date: March 5th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've got two to describe; one that I almost bought and one that exists for the moment only in my imagination, though I'd still like to eventually gather the resources to build it.

The one I didn't quite buy was a 35' Yorktown sloop, basically a luxurious floating three-room apartment. It was a center-cockpit design, with a 'Master's Cabin' aft (a raised bed, built-in dresser, and a suitably tiny half-bath), a "V-birth" in the bow, and a 'Main Saloon' that combined living, eating, and cooking facilities.

The other is my Ideal Poly House And B&B:

The start of the design came from my days as a sound engineer back in college; I wanted a room capable of really handling a pair of bi-amped Klipshhorn speakers. (3'x3'x4' monsters) So the Great Room ends up centered on a huge stone fireplace, which is in the widest-angled corner of an irregular pentagonal room. That angle is about 150 degrees, and the fireplace is flanked by a pair of 8‘ wide sliding glass doors on either side. On either side of that are the spaces for the Klipschhorns, which require a right-angled corner to sit in and 10‘ of blank wall on either side (though the sliding-glass door will do.) The ceiling is angled, and there are two steps in the floor, so the room starts as 8‘ high at the back wall and hits 16‘ over the fireplace.

So we now have a roughly 500 square-foot Great Room. Who lives here to make use of it?

One of the ongoing issues with poly clans is that there’s no telling when or how often the family is going to gain or lose a member, or how many of whom want to sleep with which. So I came up with a plan for a bedroom level that arranges the bedrooms in clusters of between four and six. I continued the funny-wall-number theme by using soccer-ball style tyling, with each cluster centered around a hexagonal “sitting room” and most of the bedrooms being pentagons of the same two-right-angles-and-adjust-the-rest-to-fit type as the Great Room, but a lot smaller. (still pretty good sized for a bedroom, though.)

Number of bathrooms per cluster varies; IIRC two were dorm-style, with one big bathroom each, and the others having varying arrangements, one of which was to put one bathroom between each pair of bedrooms. There was also a spa with hot tub, sauna, Roman tub, and massage tables nestled into a “missing space” between four of the clusters. There were two other such spaces, one of which was set up as a music-practice room and the other as a core computing facility (such machines were a lot bigger back then). This in all came out to 31 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, plus one cluster on the main floor with five bedrooms and 3 baths as I had *some* awareness about access issues even at that time when the ADA hadn’t been drafted yet.

Add in a library, a kitchen and dining facility big enough to feed all these folks (I want a tri-powered kitchen: Electricity for the microwaves and appliances; gas for the stoves and ovens, and steam for cleaning, boiling, and anything else) and there’s no sense in not duplicating the bedroom-floor layout and putting one such level *above* the main floor and one below. Add the basement for workshop space, parking, and machine rooms, and enough secret passages, ladders, rooms, and cubbys to lose most of the kids for days, and we have a complete Poly Family House And Bed&Breakfast Inn.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 6th, 2013 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)


So I read the awesome description of a polyfamily home/business, and got to wondering how a group might get that big. (I've known some with a tendency toward accretion.) "HEA B&B" is a free-verse poem about a place where the Monster House family can all go on vacation together. And there's a whole 'nother story behind that...

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