Archive for March, 2012

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Avant-garde or awkward?

March 19, 2012

MLS/Web ID:2913162

It is no secret that manufactures of mobile homes have, historically, tried to imitate the way real suburban houses look.  In this case,  it appears things have come full circle and the house is actually imitating a mobile home.  When  home owners, or builders try to make a design statement it is probably a good idea to consult with an architect first lest they cross the very fine line between avant-garde and awkward.  On the plus side, it would be really easy to remove the fence extension, thereby rendering this a regular everyday house – probably worth it too, because the rest of the house is really clean.

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Not “Applied Victorian.”

March 15, 2012

MLS/Web ID: 2890072

I you are a home owner in the mood to pinch a few historic ideas for your building project,  this old Victorian house might be a good place to start.  Victorian experts might call it “Italianate” like.  Someone else called the style “Folk Victorian.”  It was likely built somewhere between 1860 – 1910.  It has some really beautiful features that an architect might be able to move forward in time, and they probably aren’t what you think.  The cornice brackets, shutters, arched window at the gable, and bay window always make the Victorian style lover’s heart flutter.  An architect, on the other hand might see the tall lower level windows, the asymmetrical arrangement of the main volumes, the double entries onto the verandah.  These don’t fit into the re-modeler’s kit of “Applied Victorian.”

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Random acts of architecture?

March 5, 2012

MLS/Web ID: 205728

Is there such a thing as a random act of architecture?  Judging by this house I would say it is possible.  No one who did not love architecture would work this hard to fit so many different historical references on the front of a single house.  With so much enthusiasm, just think what could have been managed had they actually hired an architect to guide and edit?