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1st Mar 2012 at 2:05 PM
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Mkay, so I generally can't stand modern houses. I did this as a kind of challenge to myself, to make a modern house which wouldn't immediately make me want to go hug a bespoke fireplace or something. I think I succeeded.
The Gravel Family
Tyler Gravel, up-and-coming sportsman (though good luck figuring out
sport he plays from the somewhat ecclectic collection of memorabilia in his house), is all about style. His house has a contemporary, sunny feel to it, accented by carefully manicured greenery; and is fully equipped for the life of a debonaire young bachelor.
The ground floor hosts the centre of the house: the open plan kitchen/living/dining room, with plenty of space for entertaining - although it must be pointed out that the baseball bat on the glass coffee table is for eyes only...
Across the hall is the gym, smartly equipped and complete with a small attached shower room. Privacy glass in the front windows ensures that passers-by can only see muscles, and not anything so detailed as sweat stains or tears of rage; while at the rear, sliding doors open onto the small covered porch and the huge patio - and also offer a handy way to air the place out when necessary.
The first floor is dominated by Tyler's bedroom; a luxurious room with fantastic views over the two balconies - one ornamental, and one functional, the latter equipped with a small breakfast table and a telescope (for spying on the other guys' training sessions, you see). The master bathroom comes equipped with a corner tub and shower and, in one of the earlier pics I took, a mysterious bathing woman. She clearly vanished back down the plughole before I got to taking floorplan shots. The spare bedroom sports (ha! geddit?!) a fold-away double bed, so the room can be converted for use as, well, almost anything, once Tyler's family have gone home; and with a conservatory window, even this small room feels spacious (and it has blinds, too, so Tyler's little siblings can be concei... yeah let's not go there).
No-one can be a half-way decent sportsman without having a love of the outdoors, and Tyler is no exception. The garden is low maintenance, and has plenty of space for victory celebrations - not to mention starting five BBQ fires in the process of taking one fricking photo. The swimming pool, apart from being, well, a swimming pool, provides a beautiful backdrop to the living room, sparkling quietly through those tall windows.
Sticking with the outdoors theme for a moment, the house comes equipped with a netball hoop, so that Tyler can make all his friends feel terribly inferior. Through the window, the gym, and one of those "spot the person as they looked ten years ago" games - sorry, I mean a team photo - and other assorted memorabilia. There's nothing like staring at your old coach's scowling face to motivate you to keep pedalling.
Moving back inside, the kitchen is all fancy and shiny, and perfectly equipped for looking after guests - whether that means knocking together a meal for his parents, or boozing it up with his mates out of the wine cooler (turn around! It's right behind the camera...)
The Living Room
At the other end of the room, the living area provides a stylish and comfortable setting for Tyler and his mates to watch "The Big Game" (that's a thing, right?); or, as the case may be, for being more concerned with making bases himself than watching other people do it.
And, finally, the master bedroom - with warm and sophisticated decor, and lots of soft surfaces for some more... personal relaxation. The sound of the fountains on the ornamental balcony make for beautiful dreams; and if not, well, there's always the option of watching Badly Dubbed Porn at 3 in the morning (when the hell else would they air it?).
Good god, I have
idea how I'm going to manage to do the triplets family in 8 pics. o.O
I also have one question - which may turn out to be academic, but it'd be good to know anyway: are we allowed to switch games - to do some rounds using TS2, and some using TS3?
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Lynn Truss, Eats, Shoots and Leaves