I’ve been around the block.
All the way around the block.
At least I thought I had been all the way around the block . . . until now.
Take a look at his image
See those black holes in the concrete wall in the basement, yep . . . that’s right . . . the bistro. This is where the client plans to host dinner parties and wants something to look at out the windows, and allow for natural light to stream down into the bistro.
It doesn’t look any better from the other side
Add in the fact that there are doors that tie into this setting, plus the transitions involved with that, all in a very small area.
When I first looked at this site what I really wanted to do was find the architect and put my boot up his . . . I digress.
When I was still there I was thinking that the best way to treat the homeowner’s request is to take that dirt wall and somehow turn that wall into the wall of the bistro.
In other words those glass windows are big enough to look all the way through. That the glass windows are not the wall of the room . . . but a “see-through”.
I’m probably not explaining this as well as I want. Which I am finding frustrating . . . I guess we have to wait for the drawings.
So even though it’s outside . . . it’s inside. Am I crazy, maybe so. I am going to start sketching something up this weekend and I’ll/we’ll see.
The real problem here is how to tie in the door/access on both sides. There is going to be some walkways and those walks are going to require some retaining walls to hold everything in place. Lots of level changes and structural integrity.
Walls, walks, doors, steps, natural light, aesthetics, need for a view, natural light, and a basement bistro,
Man I love this job.