Space is the luxury I crave most at the moment. Not the vast expanse beyond our atmosphere, just a room of my own where I can do stuff.
It’s not that I live in a hovel: we have a nice little three-bedroom end-of-terrace house with a big garden and a garage. I realise that makes me pretty lucky in this financial climate. But between two adults and a small child that’s not a huge amount of space. Once you have allocated bedrooms to parents and child, and the spare room for guests and the homeworker, you’re left with the kitchen/dining room and living room. Both of these spaces already perform multiple functions that mean you can’t just take them over (unless you are a child, in which case there’s no stopping you).
That of course leaves the garage, but this is a space soon filled – especially if you have a kit car consuming most of it. Even with shelves on every available square inch of wall, and bikes hanging from the rafters, you can barely move in there let alone actually do anything.
So I’m day dreaming about a place of my own. Probably an industrial space of some sort, with room for a desk and computer for work, but also space for my kit car and tools, toys and a TV, the gadgets I review, and the various boxes of things that I keep on the off chance they will one day be useful – screws and washers, bits of wood, metal and plastic, broken electrical items and coils of wire. I’d like shelves for inspiration – sci-fi novels, comics and car mags, and my growing collection of Haynes manuals. I’d like to have my dartboard up and a sound system, and the posters I had on my wall growing up: Massive Attack and manga. A pool table would be nice. As would a beer fridge.
Regression to childhood? Early mid-life crisis? I don’t think so. I don’t think there’s any shame in creating a space for your own enjoyment, even if the things that entertain you haven’t really changed in 20 years.
I’ve found some candidates but unfortunately space doesn’t come cheap. I would need to budget upwards of £500-600 a month for somewhere even close to civilisation that had enough space for all of the above. That’s unrealistic for me on my own today, but might be practical split two or three ways. I’m not sure how or even if it would work, but if you do live in the Manchester/Stockport area, share my interests and are feeling the need for a bit of extra space as outlined above, then give me a shout.