You see, I am stuck at home with my work, and my garden and my baking. It does me good to go out and see the world - actually, it was Leah's house. Heh! Heh! I went over to Leah's to eat and chill out with 3 amazing ladies. Beautiful. Intelligent. Courageous. Loving. Kind.
Actually, I was also there to suss out her airwell... It seems that the building authorities now require every room in a landed house to have windows. So, there is no more excuse to build dark and dank rooms along the inside walls of a semi-detached house. I think that's wonderful because I don't like darkness of any sort, whether physical or emotional. When the house is dark, it's hard to lift one's spirits, you don't think?
The airwell was open to the sky. 2 bedrooms open onto a landing at the foot of the airwell. When you lounge on the artificial wicker sofa, sipping apple cider, you can look up and see the blue sky. I think it's a most lovely place to sip tea and curl up with a book either in the early morning or late afternoon. There is air and ambient light. It also faces the kitchen so one can supervise the roast whilst reading. Yup! La dolce vita!
One of the bedrooms opening into the airwell has a tatami mat on the floor. No really! A real tatami mat the thickness of a mattress and just like those in our ryokan in Japan. So that's another idea I need to store for future reference. Maybe I can get me a tatami matted room in my new house? Hmmmmm...
Actually an airwell is a simple thing. You don't need exquisite craftsmen or expensive material to build an airwell. But an airwell makes a big difference because light spills into the middle of the house and brings with it life and energy.
Thank you Leah!