The demand for storage is the same in the Reset House as any residence larger than 120 square feet. Some may want more and others want to avoid too much. There is at least consensus that it should be usefully configured. There are several good strategies to make storage better, but we need to quantify it first.
Capacity can be measured two ways: length and volume. In the first measure, the linear feet (LF) of shelves, drawers, and clothes rods are totaled for a usable length. This method assumes that all other important variables are appropriate for the items being stored. So a foot of knife drawer and a foot of coat closet count the same because both appropriately store a foot of their intended contents. This can become a problem after years without adjustment. Rebalancing the large and small spaces across a home will correct storage proportions with surprisingly more capability.
The other measurement is by volume, where the total (length) x (width) x (height) is calculated in cubic feet (CF) for a three-dimensional total. This method is useful for a full re-organization where types and scales of storage are adjusted. One may be exchanged for another. Kitchens especially benefit from this type of reconfiguration. For example, a series of shallow and customized drawers with more specific compartments for things like utensils and knives may double the useful quantity of kitchen capacity over standard drawers and doors.
The Reset House as shown has 106 LF and 113 CF of storage. The diagram above illustrates the different types by color: kitchen ( orange ), clothing ( green ), book shelves ( red ), shoes and tools ( blue ), seasonal or long term ( yellow ), and office ( magenta ).
With additional spaces also used for storage ( royal ) in the diagrams below, the Reset House could grow to include 192 LF and 201 CF of storage! This is possible by encroaching onto the architecturally open feel of the Reset House. While this would increase storage about 80%, it certainly decreases the remaining volume for living. Every homeowner has different taste for this balance between livable openness and storage.
Better storage is centered on accessibility. Intuitively we know to place rarely used items in the hardest to reach or least forgiving places. Holiday decorations in the attic is a common theme. With more frequently used storage areas, this basic intuition can be better informed with further layers of organization. For example, in a kitchen, large or seldom used pots should be stored very low or high depending on their weight. Daily use silverware, sauce pans, and cooking utensils obviously belong nearer the middle counter height. Specific arrangement around the plan is developed through personal preferences that need to be analyzed before understanding where to place storage and how to configure it. Some kitchen users prefer working at stations, some in the traditional refrigerator-sink-range triangle, and others in a compact work zone. Obviously, the preferences of the chef dictate the configuration of the kitchen!
Have a “Better” feature you think would improve the Reset House? Contact me and pass it along! The only rule is that it can’t increase Reset’s square footage. In the concluding article of the series, I’ll model and feature up to three of the best suggestions.
It is the same with the remainder of a home’s storage. Items will be classified in one or multiple categories according to their intended use: seasonal, outdoor, fragile, display, workspace, cooking, entertainment, bills, files, electronics charging, interests and hobbies, tools, guests, clothing, bedding, bath, hygiene, and so on. Go to any department, housewares, home improvement, electronics, or grocery store and observe the aisle and section names as indicators for potential arrangements and systems for all of a home’s storage.
In the Reset House, large but less accessible spaces are provided hidden beneath the seat cushion ( yellow ) for seasonal or less frequently used items. No space is wasted and any place hidden become storage. Including the additional potential storage areas ( blue ), you can imagine the potential configurations Reset could accommodate.
Continue to follow the articles here and reference the tag category Reset House to see the collection. The next article will look at the “office” and the bathroom.