Posts Tagged ‘historical styles’


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Matching victorian trim John is working in the shop today setting up his router to replicate Pete’s 100 year old exterior trim. Parts of it is rotten and the painter awaits the replicas so he can finish the job.  I will post soon with pictures of the trim installed.

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We are working on the repair and remodel of an actual 4-square cottage from the early 1900s!

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This old house near my office caught my eye this afternoon. I am curious how they maintain that  beautiful wood. Is it original? It looks like high quality material. I bet they restain it frequently. The combination of stained wood and painted wood details is nicely done. I particularly like the gable end details.

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I was sorting through some pictures I took of exterior architectural details and I thought these two were amusing. I’m not sure these need any comment, but feel free to offer your opinions.

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A while back I visited this cute little cottage in Oakland. The couple living there had been told by the landlord that it was designed by Julia Morgan. I couldn’t find any proof of this, so I delayed publishing my photos in hopes that I could find the proof. Now I just want to share some of the pictures regardless of who designed it.

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This new remodel project in Berkeley is underway. They are doing a full house remodel and are smart to make sure that the exterior envelope is in good shape. In our climate these zero overhang stucco houses with old fashioned stucco details (stucco all the way to dirt and no weep screed) often have a lot of rot hidden behind the stucco. You can see some of it in the photos below. The next step will be to remove all the old sheathing and check the studs for rot. After repairing any rotten framing, the contractor will add new plywood sheathing and replace all the windows with modern double glazed models.

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I just returned from a weekend at Yosemite National Park. We enjoyed the fall colors and the stunning natural beauty, but there are also some nice architectural details in the park. The Ahwahnee Hotel  is full of decoration and geometric designs. Painted decoration, upholstery, and patterns made of wood and steel are everywhere. The Wawona Hotel, at the other end of the park is a timepiece from the early 1900s with simple white-painted buildings and kitschy pine cone chandeliers in the dining room.

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My Detroit, Michigan correspondent just sent me these photos of a stone house for sale.

Here is an article with more photos of the house from the local paper. 

Some of the details include carved wooden heads of Tigers baseball players decorating the mantle.

It looks like it has been well maintained. Move right in!

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Built into a valley with steep hills all around, Bisbee has very interesting sectional properties (archi-speak for lots of level changes and three dimensional relationships between structures and spaces.) Every view is slightly different and the absence of significant trees makes the effects of the topography more dramatic.  In addition to the elevation changes the curving streets make things even more picturesque.

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It’s not the greatest photo, but here are the promised southwestern blue (turquoise) windows.  (I found it! southwestern teal on colorswatches.com and from the Catalina Pueblo architectural guidelines – DunnEdwards Reef Encounter– DE573 ) Probably  the color is just right for the Sonoran desert because it mimics the color of copper and turquoise, abundant in the region.  This photo is the front of my aunt’s house in the Catalina Pueblo. It is part of a 108 house development designed and built in the 1970s by Don Maxon.  The association has fairly conservative design guidelines, but they do allow this one bright accent color.

Ahead of their time in the 1970s, the architect and builder preserved much of the native desert vegetation, including many saguaro that are now well over 100 years old.  They modeled the houses closely after houses in Alamos, a pueblo in Mexico, sticking to design elements that were carefully documented.  The community also has shared amenities such as swimming pools and walking trails.  I have mixed feelings about rigid design guidelines, but in this case the result is a very tasteful and cohesive architectural fabric.

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