It’s a bit embarassing to write, but Saturday I discovered two windows on the main floor of the house that I had never noticed before. After a year living in Bungalow ‘23, I figured things like windows would be accounted for from day one– particularly main floor windows in plain view.
How was I oblivious to these windows for so long? I came up with three reasons: a clever disguise, spatial disassociation, and limited interaction.
In the main floor bedroom that serves as our office, there are three large windows on the west wall and one window on the north wall next to a large built-in bookcase. Here’s a look at the north wall window and bookcase:
This pattern of three windows on the west wall and a single window on the north wall is repeated in the mudroom and the west bedroom upstairs. But this symmetry is part of a disguise. The north wall is hiding two more windows behind that bookcase.
Ever have trouble reconciling the interior layout of rooms in a building with the exterior features? Normally I don’t, but in this case I had never reconciled the single north-facing window in my office with the three north windows seen from outside.
At least, I hadn’t reconciled these pictures until Saturday. That’s when I tried to look in the middle window and saw the back of a bookcase.
The simplest and strongest reason it took me a year to figure this out is that I just don’t look at the north side of the house very much. There is only three feet or so between the edge of the house and the fence on the property line. The ground there is paved with a concrete sidewalk that we don’t use often. And we haven’t spent any time in our neighbor’s back yard, where we also might have noticed this inconsistency.
The result of my weekend discovery is that I’ll have a new project to tackle sometime. As much as we like the built-in bookcase, I don’t think we can pass up the chance to “add” two windows to this room. If I work carefully, I might be able to use the bookcase in another spot. I’m curious to see what the walls and windows look like behind all that lumber– stay tuned.