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garret /hidden storage space #1: I found it!

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Blog entry by Junji posted 04-25-2009 07:30 AM 1324 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi,

This is not actually “project”, maybe, so I just writing it in here.
My house, as a typical size of Japanese house” is small, some of you may be really surprised how small this is if you actually see it!
Ever since we moved to this house, I had been wondering how it is like the space between the 2nd floor ceiling and the roof. “There must be some space, there must be space” I had been saying it to myself, but just didn’t have time to check it. If this could turned to our extra storage space, it would be really nice!

The other day, I finally found out. Yes, I cut the ceiling of small closet of my room (I checked if there is no beams before do so), and put my head in there.

What I found there was…
Not money, not a treasure map, not a dead rat, but just low open space!

So I build a ladder,

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Put “ceiling check window”(I don’t know what you call in English, but it’s just a square aluminum frame),

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then put beams and joists, and plywood as temporary floorboard.

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(sorry can’t take photos to show you the entire space, because it’s a really small room)

Actually I laid 2 of 3×6 feet plywood, and it’s almost done, so this is only 6×6=36ft2 room, but as a storage space, it’s good for now.
My kid is really excited for this hidden space, he spent there for a while, but now it’s full of “can’t throw away stuff” now. The good thing is I can make it wider because these room were just separated by really thin plywood for some reasons. The bad thing is this space is extremely hot! (and cold in winter)

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/



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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 04-25-2009 12:37 PM

Nice use of some space what we call attic.

We have a small space like this in our house, that’s overstuffed.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Junji

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#2 posted 04-25-2009 01:26 PM

Dick, & Barb,
Yes, I know these space, usually put too many things, and maybe most of them are what we don’t need… But there are something that I just can’t throw away, or I just need t keep. Maybe some I need only once in a year, like Xmas ornaments…

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 04-25-2009 04:18 PM

When I do remodel work I often find that there is a sort of “black hole” effect or a wrinkle in the space time continuum in this attic space. If I drop a tool into the insulation it disappears forever.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Junji

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#4 posted 04-25-2009 04:46 PM

Todd,
Ah, that’s interesting. So you should never use expensive tools up there, right? Or maybe I should just find out where is the back door of the black hall, so I can make a fortune out of abandon tools!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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#5 posted 04-25-2009 05:51 PM

Nice find Junji!

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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Junji

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#6 posted 04-26-2009 02:54 AM

Thank you, Derek.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 04-26-2009 03:10 AM

You may find the back door on your side of the world, I would be interested to hear if you find it.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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cmaeda

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#8 posted 04-26-2009 04:48 AM

Hajimemashite Junji,
When I first moved into my house, I found a small stack of newspapers from the 50s and a black license plate in the attic. Unfortunately, the rats chewed up most of the newspapers pretty good but when I remodeled my kitchen, I stuck the license plate, a hammer and a few current newspapers in the wall.

-Carl

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Junji

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#9 posted 04-26-2009 05:26 AM

Carl,
Thank you for the message.
Yes, the attics keep the history of the house, since you put things forever… I don’t know when I take the stuff out from the attic, because I just put everything I don’t need right now. Yeah, news paper will be good when I see 60 years from now. Umm, I don’t know if this house lasts that long, though.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Junji

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#10 posted 04-26-2009 05:28 AM

Todd,
yeah, if I find it, it’s maybe much easier to visit you from the door.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#11 posted 04-26-2009 06:42 PM

Now that would be COOL!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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