Being an Architect [Canadian Construction]

Being an Architect

The Shower CulpritThis was a day, just like any other day. I was minding my own business when I was visually assaulted by my hotel shower. (That’s right … assaulted.)

For most people, they probably wouldn’t have even noticed. They would have taken their shower and moved on to the next part of their day without realizing just how close they had come with …

THIS!!

(look at the picture below if you haven’t figured out that “this” is what I am talking about)

Can you believe it? I’m sure you can see it just as easily as if there was a frog sitting on my head. You do see it, right?

There is alignment chaos going on in this shower and I haven’t been able to ignore it. I took three showers in this space and all I could do the entire time was look this shower niche and wonder:

Did the tile mason know that they were doing a bad job?

Was an architect used? Surely they wouldn’t have intentionally drawn it up this way?

I wonder if all the shower niches look like this or is this one unique?

Did any of this show up on a punch list?

I wonder if this was the first time this person had tiled a shower niche?

Maybe the tile mason got batter as they did more showers in this hotel.

Seriously … the tile mason had to know that this sucked.

… and on and on and on. Literally every time I took a shower, these questions rolled endlessly through my head. After I ran through the questions, I would start telling myself what I would have done if I was drawing up this shower … you know, in case I didn’t already know.

Tile Alignment issuesWhy does the shower niche engage the mosaic border? Why wouldn’t the top of the niche align with the similar tile on either side. Why switch tiles – they could have made the entire niche out of the mosaic tiles. Why was the top tile left too long?

Argh!!!

To make matters even worse (as if that were even possible) the tiles were out of plane with one another as well.

Seriously?!? How does somebody not notice these things? Well, I shouldn’t put it that way because I know who notices these things … architects. In an article I wrote called ‘Dating an Architect‘ I said the following:

Architects don’t seem to love anything that actually exists. They might say that they really like something … but even then they will systematically point out all of its flaws.

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