We lived, for a short time, at the base of the Dandenongs in the outskirts of Melbourne. We actually bought a house there (which we named “tinderbox” for its history as a victim of Black Friday, and an all-wood home in a forest) and moved up to Canberra, then inner-west Sydney. We wanted the house to be our ancestral home, a place to grow a family and get old and all that. It wasn’t to be. Whilst we eventually sold the place (for a loss!), it gave us some ideas about our dream home and also practise at renovation – even if I now feel like it was basically Dee who did all the work. I don’t think we want to live on the outskirts again – it’s either the city proper or way out in the country. The following lists are my thoughts and plans for Baker Street. Some of these at least should make it into our dream home.

Baker Street

  • Kitchen
    • web-tablet (Apple iPad 2)
    • a computer (Apple iMac)
    • touch-panels in kitchen
  • Nursery
    • cot
    • dresser
    • “aquatic” theme
    • murals/painted details on walls
    • toys
    • plenty o’ storage
  • The Lab
    • black glass-topped desk
      • with shelf for monitor and “control panel”
    • Wireless headphones (Sennheiser, of course!)
    • long “hobby bench” trestle
      • with good light and a row of electrical outlets
      • suitable for electronics and robotics
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    • a “wallscreen” for extreme monitoring
      • what do Atlassian use?
    • clear plastic dry-erase wall
      • with big green android painted on the wall behind
    • kitchenette
      • cupboard and bench
      • bar fridge
    • artwork
      • CD art display wall
      • IKEA “sight test” artwork
      • dalek’s retro artwork
      • star-trek retro artwork
    • server rack (e.g. lack-rack)
      • network printer/scanner on top
    • steam-punk dials for network throughput, etc.
      • automated
    • “expedit” (IKEA)
      • square low shelves with boxes
      • geeky toys
      • star-trek enterprise model
      • x-wing model
    • filing cabinet/drawer?
    • a rotary-dial telephone
      • converted to DTMF (with a PIC)
      • connected to VOIP
    • K.I.T.T switch/router
    • house server
    • ethernet cabling
  • Workshop
    • the perfect workshop?
    • lockable cabinets for tools
    • computer-controlled home-brew femto-brewery
  • Bathroom
    • behind-mirror display
    • integral bathroom scales
  • The Loft
    • Music
      • Piano (KORG)
      • Studio PC
        • MIDI record and playback
        • Score editor
        • Sequencer
        • Mixer
      • Electronic drum-kit
      • Microphones
      • Headphones
      • Electric guitar and effects pedals
    • Artists’ easel (or two)
    • Drafting table
  • Exterior
    • extend front deck
    • bull-nose verandah
    • fix the front steps
    • rejunvenate the weatherboards
    • clean the gutters
    • stiff-bristled broom
    • wire up CAT-6 network cable down the side of the house
    • remote-control garage door
    • Backyard
      • white stones/gravel at back door
      • pavers leading to steps
      • row of agapanthas (??) out to fence
      • flower gardens planted
      • hydrangeas
      • other flowers for harvesting
      • vegetable garden planted
      • relocate compost bin
      • tear down Gemina’s crib
      • move the dog house
      • Lucy needs somewhere to sleep
      • she’s an “inside dog”, but needs an outside crib
      • relocate wood-shed?
      • build a swimming pool
      • an infinity pool?
      • apothecary garden (herbs) in front of door
      • automated watering system
      • build a chicken coop
      • fresh eggs! Everything should be fresh! Fresher the better!
      • a barbecue/entertaining area
      • with fire-pit
      • how about a Jacuzzi too?
      • the Darts have a nice Jacuzzi area
      • home home-gym/exercise area
      • Watering System
        • tanks
        • automatic watering with moisture sensors
        • automated & controlled drip/slow water systems (arduino)?
        • moisture sensors
    • Home Gym
      • free-weights
      • a simple bench
      • skipping rope
      • stand for mountain-bikes
      • boxing bag
      • yoga mat (got one!)
      • kettle bells?
      • pull-up bar
      • free-cycle
    • Balcony
      • decking
      • near the front door
        • two chairs
        • a small table
      • bench seat
      • a barbeque
      • two rocking chairs around the corner