Personally, I experience the greatest degree of pleasure in having contact with works of art. They furnish me with happy feelings of intensity such as I cannot derive from other realms.
- Einstein -

Monday, December 27, 2010

1st Attempt

Right now Steven is out in the garage measuring and cutting steel to complete the inner wall. But before we get to the inner wall we have to start at the beginning. Why we built the wall, how we built the wall and our initial failure at building the wall.

There use to be a half walled arched opening that partially enclosed my office.

The office is in the very center of the house. On the way to the kitchen for an afternoon snack you pass by the office. Enter the living room and you walk by the office. Walk to the bedroom at the end of the night and you walk past the office. You get the point. Because of the large gaping hole in the wall every time I passed by the office I stopped to check my work. Well that makes for an unhappy husband and a stressed out wife working way too many hours. So we decided we needed to build a wall.

We move quickly on projects. Once we had a plan of building the wall we were out searching for cool ways to enclose the office. On one trip to the Habitat for Humanity Restore we found a beautiful, solid wood, arched door. A real coo at the Restore. The next step was to build the frame of the wall. Steven had just watched an episode on DIY Network where they build an arched door frame. He worked very hard sanding and cutting until he had his first ever door arch completed. The wall was built with see through cubbies where we could put more books. Once we had it filled with books the frame and wall would be solid.

You can see how great it was going to be. The arch was in. The cubbies were just placed perfectly. We were so excited. So we screwed in the door and made a few minor changes to make sure the door fit perfectly. Then we started to paint the frame from one of our spur of the moment "home improvement store messed up" paint cans. After the first swipe we knew it would not work. You could see every flaw in the wood as we painted.

That was our first attempt at the wall.
Later that evening we tore down the wall and that masterpiece of an arch that Steven designed.

"I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways not to make a light bulb." - Edison

Thinking cap time!!!

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