ArchDaily Portugal “COPY” Save this picture!© Manuel Aguiar+ 29 Share Architects: Atelier d’Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa Year Completion year of this architecture project Elderly Residential Building / Atelier d’Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da CostaSave this projectSaveElderly Residential Building / Atelier d’Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa 2013 Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/483336/elderly-residential-building-atelier-lopes-da-costa Clipboard CopyRetirement, Housing•Santo Tirso, Portugal 2013 photographs: Manuel AguiarPhotographs: Manuel AguiarCollaborators:Rita Gonçalves Filipe RibeiroTechnical Specialties:TermoprojectoProject Date:2007-2009Architect In Charge:José António Lopes da Costa, Tiago MeirelesCity:Santo TirsoCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Manuel AguiarText description provided by the architects. The project of this Residential Home consists of 60 bedrooms (of three different types) with areas for management and administrative services, staff facilities, living and activity areas, dining and service areas (kitchen, pantry, laundry and backing facilities), Health and Hydrotherapy areas and, finally, technical areas, storage rooms and garage.Save this picture!BasementThe shape of the land (triangular in the construction area) and the sharp drop of the same have heavily conditioned the proposal. Therefore, we have chosen to design a building consisting of two structures which are perpendicular to each other, forming a kind of ” T “.Save this picture!© Manuel AguiarThe longer structure (to the South), where you can find the common areas (social and dining areas), administrative areas and most of the bedrooms, lies parallel to the slope of the land, fitting on the ground and taking advantage of the southern solar exposure and the view over the river.Save this picture!SectionThis structure has 3 floors (partially 4), 2 above the ground level and 1 below (partially 2).Save this picture!© Manuel AguiarThe second structure (to the West), has 3 floors, 2 above the ground level and one below, completely underground, where the garage is located.The building is more closed and restrained to the north (to the street) and frankly open to the south over viewing the valley.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanOn the entrance floor (ground floor) were located all the reception and activity areas, the living and socializing areas, the dining areas and support services. To the West you can find the Health area with the medical office, nursing room, physiotherapy, gym, indoor pool (hydrotherapy and leisure) and backing facilities (dressing rooms and toilets).Save this picture!© Manuel AguiarOn the 1st floor there are exclusively bedrooms and hospital support areas.On the -1 Floor (Basement) there are 10 bedrooms and 8 suites with bedroom and living room (all in the southern structure). In the western structure were located the garage (20 seats), the individual storage rooms, the technical areas, the living areas, the assisted bathrooms and the laundry.Save this picture!© Manuel AguiarOn the -2 Floor (sub – basement) there are 8 suites, individual storage rooms, technical areas and backing facilities. Green areas involve the whole set integrating all the paths and shade lounging areas.Project gallerySee allShow lessReviewing ‘Urban Hopes’: A Look at Steven Holl’s Latest in ChinaArticlesAD Classics: Kubuswoningen / Piet BlomArchitecture ClassicsProject locationAddress:Santo Tirso, PortugalLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Elderly Residential Building / Atelier d’Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa Retirement ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/483336/elderly-residential-building-atelier-lopes-da-costa Clipboard Photographs Projects CopyAbout this officeAtelier d’Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da CostaOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsHealthcare ArchitectureHealthcareretirementResidential ArchitectureHousingSanto TirsoHousingHealthcare ArchitectureResidentialPortugalPublished on March 06, 2014Cite: “Elderly Residential Building / Atelier d’Arquitectura J. A. Lopes da Costa” 06 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Photographs: Peter Bennetts Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year: CopyHouses•Australia Builder: Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/868551/dorman-house-austin-maynard-architects Clipboard Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/868551/dorman-house-austin-maynard-architects Clipboard “COPY” Save this picture!© Peter Bennetts+ 50 Share Products used in this ProjectHeatingFocusFireplaces – BathyscafocusArchitects In Charge:Mark Austin, Andrew MaynardDesign Architect:Andrew MaynardProject Team:Andrew Maynard, Mark Austin, Natalie MilesProject Architect:Mark AustinEngineer:Robin Bliem & AssociatesCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Peter BennettsText description provided by the architects. Clients Kate and Grant had a beach house in Lorne, Victoria, which they loved and valued greatly. They asked ‘how could we add a clear and elevated view of the ocean without demolishing, damaging or dominating our beloved shack?’Save this picture!© Peter BennettsDorman House is a finely crafted timber box, independently constructed to hover over the existing beach house. In contrast to the neighbours, it has been designed to weather, to go grey and age, and sink back into the landscape, back into the bush.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsThe elevated box extension sits on top of a structure of industrial-looking posts and beams and comprises of a kitchen, dining and living room, accessed via a spiral staircase. Though the client’s asked to “save our shack but give us the view” they also wanted to create a space that was not solely focused on the vista. What could easily have been a white plasterboard box filled with downlights is, instead, detailed and well considered, radiating warmth and calm. Internally lined with Silvertop Ash, it’s a place that exudes character and responds to the seasonal changes and hours of the day. Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!First Floor PlanThe new living space does not protrude forward over the ridge-line of the old house and avoids dominating the original shack unnecessarily.The undercroft of the new living space is a simple infill of the heavy timber structure, to create a useable space without adding mass that would dominate the original property. We have lined the space with polycarbonate, to allow an abundance of filtered light to fill the room. Though the old kitchen was transformed into a second bathroom and laundry, the original beach house remains mostly unchanged. It was tidied up and repainted so that the charm and character of the post war shack was retained.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsProject gallerySee allShow lessSamsung Finance Campus / AI ARCHITECTSSelected ProjectsUnbot inc. Office / PRISM DESIGNSelected Projects Share Area: 224 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Dorman House / Austin Maynard ArchitectsSave this projectSaveDorman House / Austin Maynard Architects Architects: Austin Maynard Architects Area Area of this architecture project Dorman House / Austin Maynard Architects ArchDaily Manufacturers: Focus, Adbri, Laminated Timber Supplies, Ampelite, Durabeam, Lexan Themoclick, Silvertop Ash Australia Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Spence Construction Photographs 2016 CopyAbout this officeAustin Maynard ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAustraliaPublished on April 07, 2017Cite: “Dorman House / Austin Maynard Architects” 06 Apr 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Howard Lake | 16 October 2012 | News Tanni Grey-Thompson is likely next President of NCVO NCVO members will be invited to appoint her at NCVO’s AGM on 8 November 2012.NCVO’s Chair, Martyn Lewis CBE, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted that in this Olympic year, NCVO’s board has chosen Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson as the next President of NCVO. These Olympics and Paralympics have celebrated volunteers more than ever before and have given new impetus and inspiration to the entire volunteering community across the UK. Tanni has played a really great part in that.‘As well as being a redoubtable campaigner, Tanni is already an old friend of NCVO who has inspired emerging leaders as President of the Leadership 20:20 Commission and hundreds of others as a speaker at our events”.www.ncvo-vol.org.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Celebrity NCVO Recruitment / people 41 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Paralympian and campaigner Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, is the board’s choice for the next President of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). She would succeed the current President, Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts CBESince retiring from athletics Baroness Grey-Thompson has served as a crossbench peer in the House of Lords with specialist interest in sport, disability, health and youth development. She has also been active in speaking out on issues including benefit reform and accessible transport.She is patron of many charities including Sportsleaders UK and Jane Tomlinson Appeal, and is a trustee of V, the charity that helps young people become volunteers. She is a board member of the Tony Blair Sports Foundation. Advertisement
NewsHealthHospital Group chief executive is reappointed for another five yearsBy Staff Reporter – September 11, 2019 1294 Previous articleMan arrested in Limerick City murder caseNext articleLimerick Post Show | Fidget Feet Present Bingo Wings Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Health Minister Simon Harris with UL Hospitals Group chief executive Professor Colette Cowan.Photo: Brian Arthur.PROFESSOR Colette Cowan has been re-appointed for another five years as chief executive of the University of Limerick Hospitals Group which incorporates University Hospital Limerick, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, Croom, Ennis, Nenagh and St John’s hospitals.Since taking on the role in 2014, she has overseen a budget increase from €267 million to €351 million and a workforce rise from 3,000 to 4,200.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Referring to the challenge of leading the thousands of hospital staff in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary over the next five years, Prof Cowan said the Group was looking forward to the development of the six regions announced by Health Minister Simon Harris as a key driver in delivering the Slaintecare health reforms.“The creation of integrated health regions present great challenges and great opportunities that we must all strive to meet as the promise of Slaintecare is to deliver truly transformative change for the people of the MidWest and the country at large.She said that while Slaintecare envisaged a move away from Ireland’s hospital-centric model to delivering more care in primary and community settings, the UL Hospitals Group would be busier than ever over the next five years, advancing its strategic objectives and developing more specialist services.“We were only just emerging from a deep recession when I was appointed as chief executive in 2014. The MidWest had been more seriously affected than other regions and the difficulties in the public finances had a serious adverse impact on the delivery of health services.“Over the last five years, however, UL Hospitals Group has delivered more care to more patients at a rate greater than the population increase in general.“For example, the number of attendances at our Emergency Department/Injury Units increased from 85,816 to 103,063 over the last five years and the number in-centre dialysis treatments in UHL grew from 10,412 to 17,232.“In spite of the challenging environment, the Group continues to increase its clinical activity, grow its workforce, enhance its academic profile and achieve crucial targets in quality and patient safety,”“We are also keenly aware that our capacity to meet demand is lacking in key areas and this is most manifest in the long waits for a bed faced by admitted patients and in growing outpatient waiting lists. Patient experience in these areas has been poor for many and I remain absolutely committed to improving this.” Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Advertisement Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Facebook “Significant capital projects delivered over the last five years include the new Emergency Department, Leben Building (CF, breast, stroke and dermatology services), Dialysis Unit, Clinical Education and Research Centre at UHL; improved end-of-life care facilities in Ennis Hospital and University Maternity Hospital Limerick and the new ward block and Cataract Theatre at Nenagh Hospital.“More specialist clinics than ever before are being led in Ennis and Nenagh hospitals by consultants and an increasing number of advanced nurse and midwifery practitioners. And UL Hospitals Group was delighted to form its first Patient Council to give patients an active voice in service planning and delivery.“Over the last five years, UL Hospitals Group has consistently met or exceeded the national targets for average length of stay, day of surgery adUniversitymissions and readmission rates. Key quality indicators have shown excellent results in perinatal care and for in-hospital mortality rates for heart attack and stroke,” Prof Cowen concluded. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Email TAGShealthNewsUniveristy Hospital Limerickuniverisyt of limerick hospitals group Print Limerick on Covid watch list Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students PROFESSOR Cowan said her current priorities for the UL Hospitals Group included:– The implementation of Sláintecare in the MidWest– The development of a Health Science Academy jointly with the University of Limerick– Completion of the 60-bed block currently under construction at UHL and progression of the separate 96-bed block included in Project Ireland 2040– Planning the relocation of the University Maternity Hospital Limerick to the UHL campus– New outpatient accommodation in Ennis Hospital to facilitate expansion of clinics– Progression of plans for new theatres at Croom Orthopaedic Hospital– Extension and further development of the Children’s Ark UHL in line with the National Paediatric Model of Care– Enhanced diagnostics for UHL through the Blood Sciences Project and the acquisition of a second MRI scanner– Continued focus on the growth of UL Hospitals Group as a major centre for cancer care, robotics, ageing and therapeutics, paediatrics and specialist services outside of the Dublin region– Continued positive engagement with all stakeholders including trade unions and public representatives– Continued development and recognition of staff with greater access to education, training and leadership opportunities– Continued planning to bring forward a charter for change to include community-based care, age-friendly services and regeneration– Continued work with Limerick Chamber and industry partners to bring forward digital innovations in the MidWest region Linkedin WhatsApp
Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: A Look at Delinquency Rates Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines Previous: Innovating Title Operations for the Future Next: Senator Calls for Action on Zombie Properties About Author: Kristina Brewer 2018-08-12 Kristina Brewer Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Serious delinquencies in Texas and Florida increased significantly, according to the Loan Performance Insights report released by CoreLogic in July. The report, which looks at foreclosure and delinquency activity, will be updated again this week covering the month of May on Tuesday, 9 a.m. ET.For April, the report found that the percent of loans 90 days or more delinquent or in foreclosure in these Hurricane-affected states more than doubled, compared with where they were in the Fall of 2017 when the hurricanes struck. The 90-day-plus delinquent or in-foreclosure rate had also quadrupled in Puerto Rico.At a national level, however, the share of home loans transitioning from current to 30 days past due was the lowest for April since 2000. CoreLogic said that early-stage delinquencies were declined to 1.8 percent in compared with 2.2 percent last year. The April report revealed that the foreclosure inventory rate was 0.6 percent, down a percentage point from 0.7 percent in April 2017. This compares with the lowest level of foreclosure inventory in June 2007.The report will be covering statistics from May 2018.Here’s what else you can expect in The Week Ahead:NAHB Housing Market Index, Wednesday, 10 a.m. ETMetrostudy Housing Webcast – 3Q18, Wednesday, 2 p.m. ETHousing Starts Survey, Thursday, 8.30 a.m. ETFed Balance Sheet, Thursday, 4.30 p.m. ETFreddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey, Thursday, 9 a.m. ETValueInsured Summer 2018 Modern Homebuyer Survey Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Kristina Brewer is the Editorial Assistant of Publications for the Five Star Institute, including DS News and MReport magazine. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas (UNT), where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in rhetoric and writing and a minor in global marketing. During this time, she served as Director of Philanthropy in the national women’s fraternity Zeta Tau Alpha, of which she is an alumna. Her passion for philanthropy continued after university when she was an intern at Keep Denton Beautiful, a local partner of Keep America Beautiful, where she drove membership, organized events, and led social media campaigns. Brewer honed her writing at the North Texas Daily, UNT’s student-run newspaper where she wrote about faculty, mentorship, and student life. Brewer also previously worked at Optimus Business Plans where she helped start-ups create funding proposals, risk assessments, and management plans. August 12, 2018 1,519 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Week Ahead: A Look at Delinquency Rates Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share 1Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles
AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic The Taoiseach has confirmed that 27 million euro earmarked for the A5 upgrade is being pulled this year.Works on the A5/N2 Road is jointly funded by the British and Irish Governments, and is the main link between Dublin and the North West.There was speculation funding for the project could be in doubt as the government seeks 100 million euro in saving to cover the cost overrun of the National Children’s Hospital.The upgrade is seen as essential for improved access and safety.Following legal challenges, work on the project is expected to start towards the end of this year.Speaking in the Dail this afternoon, Leo Varadkar blamed the political impasse in the North for his decision to pull the 27 million euro in funding.West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan disagrees:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/mccrossan5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Pinterest Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Previous articleSpike in patients attending ED at LUHNext articlePilot scheme for ferry service to Donegal’s smaller islands proposed admin By admin – February 12, 2019 Taoiseach confirms 27 million funding cut for A5 project Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications
The conservation of threatened seabirds that are highly pelagic, such as the gadfly petrels Pterodroma spp., depends on understanding the main oceanographic determinants of their movements in order to apply the necessary management regulations and to identify and protecttheir key marine habitats. The present work presents for the first time information on the distributionand habitat preferences of 17 Bugio petrels Pterodroma deserta from the island of Bugio, Madeira archipelago, North Atlantic Ocean. All of the birds remained in North Atlantic waters during the pre-laying exodus, incubation and chick-rearing periods, showing a clear preferencefor deep, productive (high chlorophyll a levels) waters north of the Azores archipelago. There was high individual variability in migration strategies. Five wintering areas were identified: two off the Brazilian coast, one around the Cape Verde archipelago, one off the southeast coast of the United States, and one in pelagic waters in the central South Atlantic. These tended to be areas of highproductivity but not of a particular sea surface temperature regime. Based on saltwater immersiondata, birds were more active during the breeding season and spent more time resting on the water in wintering areas. There was also a positive correlation between the time spent on the water and the progression of full to new moon, suggesting that the birds may use moonlight to search forprey. Given its highly dispersed distribution at sea throughout the year, effective conservation ofthis threatened species may require management at large spatial scales.
The springtime influence of natural tropical Pacific variability on the surface climate of the Ross Ice Shelf, West Antarctica: implications for ice shelf thinning
Observational records starting in the 1950s show West Antarctica is amongst the most rapidly warming regions on the planet. Together with increased intrusions of warm circumpolar deep water (CDW) onto the continental shelf due to local wind forcing (the primary mechanism in recent decades), this has resulted in enhanced surface and basal melting of floating ice shelves and an associated acceleration and thinning of West Antarctic outlet glaciers, increasing the rate of global sea level rise. In this study, it is shown that during the austral spring season, significant surface warming across West Antarctica has shifted westward to the Ross Ice Shelf in recent decades in response to enhanced cyclonic circulation over the Ross Sea. These circulation changes are caused by a Rossby wave train forced by increasing sea surface temperatures in the western tropical Pacific, which is tied to the springtime shift of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO) to its negative phase after 1992. While the local wind trends enhance warm air advection and surface warming across the Ross Ice Shelf, the strong easterly component of the wind trends reduces the likelihood for intrusions of CDW onto the continental shelf in this region. This suggests that during spring there are competing mechanisms of surface and basal melting of the Ross Ice Shelf, both of which are closely tied to natural tropical Pacific decadal variability. Moreover, that the projected transition of the IPO back to its positive phase in the coming decade, though likely to reduce surface warming on the Ross Ice Shelf, could increase the risk of disintegration of Ross Sea ice shelves due to increased intrusions of CDW and enhanced basal melting.
Share this article NATO’s prime anti-submarine warfare drill starts next week in the Med March 8, 2017 Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today NATO’s prime anti-submarine warfare drill starts next week in the Med View post tag: Dynamic Manta View post tag: MARCOM View post tag: NATO Dynamic Manta 2017, NATO’s annual anti-submarine warfare exercise, is set to start on Monday next week, off the coast of Sicily, Italy.The two-week drill will gather ships and sailors from ten allied countries for ASW training in the central Mediterranean.Submarines from France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United States, under the control of NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), will work with warships of France, Greece, England, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United States.Participating warships will be supported by 14 maritime patrol aircraft and helicopters from Canada, France, Germany, England, Italy, Norway, Spain, Turkey and the United States that will operate from Sigonella base and aboard ships.In addition to deploying guided missile destroyer Luigi Durand De La Penne, AIP submarine Pietro Venuti and a NH90 frigate helicopter, Italy will provide logistical support through the Sicilian Maritime Command, the Augusta Naval Base and Sigonella Air Base.Dynamic Manta aims to provide all participants with complex and challenging warfare training to enhance their interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare skills, with due regard to safety. During the exercise, an analysis team of ASW experts usually analyses anti-submarine warfare events real time and provides debriefs to ships, submarines and aircrews.
Picture by Lori DiVerniero of 7 Souls StudioHow to turn a vacation house into a home.In our small suburban town we stood at the bus stop as the brisk wind rushed past us. I held tightly onto both of my children’s hands. I found I was squeezing their chubby little fingers a bit tighter this morning after receiving the call from the accident scene. Still, I couldn’t bring myself to loosen the grip. In the distance, the sound of the helicopter blades cutting through the February air was drawing closer. My youngest, just 5 at the time looked upward. Squinting, he asked “Mommy, who do you think that is for?” It was as if the small cyclone the chopper was creating would suck us up at any moment. As it passed directly overhead, only I knew where it was going. It was then that I decided if he was okay we would follow our hearts and raise our family on the island. I put both children on the bus, got in my car and chased after the sound of the sirens.Our story has a happy ending. Three houses and just as many renovations later we have been living as full time residents in a town full of vacation houses. A city council candidate recently mentioned that his campaign would address the notion of bringing more families into town as year round residents. Why not enjoy the island all year long? It is not a tough sell in theory, but how do we make a vacation home into a full time residence. It is no secret that in comparison to the mainland there are size and cost differences. In addition, there is the realization that many of us will be living in what once was someone’s summer place. Many homes were and still are built to accommodate individuals for a week or two. Issues abound, older beach homes lack storage or the proper flow for entertaining, the typical layout of a newly built home only allows for one common living area, and the suburban finished basement does not exist anywhere on the island.In our case, we were charged with the task of fitting eight years of items we had collected into a house that was a third of the size. As we began to pack and sort through our collection, we felt as if we were on the set of a hoarder’s episode. We amassed things because we could. Stored in the eaves of our attic, down in our dungeon like basement, and shoved into all the newly built closets we had added to our home were things we had collected. To purge our motto was: “If we never saw this again would we miss it or think about it?” If the answer was no then out to the curb it went. Slowly but surely we downsized our belongings, realizing that we would need to live quite differently in our new home in Ocean City.We have met so many welcoming and interesting people in our short six years here. Many of them living unusually in their homes. Currently we own a multi- family unit, our first tenants set to move in this spring. Have we ever been landlords? Nope, but becoming one enables us to live in Mrs. Hoovers house where each morning we can watch the sun dance across the ocean from our bedroom. A unique situation, but we couldn’t be more excited. We have friends who have spread out into an entire duplex connected by a cousin’s staircase, friends living in a small cottage brimming at the seams, and friends living in the first floor of a house only to have new neighbors arrive each summer Saturday. We have met people living in and running a bed and breakfast, living in their small first floor apartment while they painstakingly rehab their 100 year old home, living in the extra quarters of their parent’s home, and some living in single family homes in neighborhoods where not many porch lights are lit in the off season. Each of us has one thing in common, we are living here quite content in our unconventional homes.Would l love a room that could house all of the rogue shoes and coats sprawled about our family room floor? A basement to store my eclectic treasures? A huge walk in linen closet to store the overflow of blankets and pillows I keep on hand for weekend guests? Sure I would. No matter where we live we always wish for changes in our homes. Yet each morning after dropping my daughter off at school, I take the long way home. Turning onto Beach Road, I am in awe of the view from my passenger side window. The sun peaking up over the ocean, the dune grass blowing in the wind, no matter the weather, it is breathtaking. I wouldn’t trade that view for any of those wants. With the ability to telecommute, the airport close by for business travel, shopping at our fingertips online, as well as easy access to Center City we all make it work.We traded in our lawn mower for our beach chairs, and we couldn’t be happier.For information on downsizing, organization, or redesigning your space Maureen can be reached @ Maureen@ocnjdaily.com