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kitchen-lighting

I saw this unique kitchen lighting solution in Baja recently while house shopping with a friend.

 

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John McBride Photo

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My Oakland correspondent saw this curious tower addition on an Oakland bungalow. I’d love to see it from the inside.

Tower addition on Oakland bungalow

Tower addition on Oakland bungalow

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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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I am referring to what appears to be a closet protruding from the second floor addition on the white stucco house.

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This is a very curious addition. At least I assume that the second floor was an addition. If it was part of the original design, then it is even more strange.

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I was doing research in the neighborhood of a new second floor addition project (looking at details on similar houses) and I encountered this gem. It reminded me of an earlier post Dormer Extravaganza in Berkeley. 

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My friend Jenee just sent me this picture.  She is remodeling her 1860’s row house in Brooklyn, NY.  Some people love the construction process – bare studs, uncovering 100+ years of layers, camping out in the city, and unexpected fun like using this toilet. Some people would rather just have the job done.

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Michelle Bachmann’s house with “a grand manor roof” and “European flavor”

Gingrich’s “Mansionette”

Santorum House: “a big rectangular box with holes punched in it for windows. It doesn’t have much to say. Need I say more?”

The New York Times ran this article recently about the homes of the Republican presidential candidates. The review, informed by “interior designers and  design psychologists” (no architects) is generally unfavorable. They make fun of Newt Gingrich’s extensive use of mirrors and Huntsman’s pink love seat with yellow bows. Bachmann’s complex roofline is rather atrocious (no mention of the maintenance issues with such a roof,) and Santorum’s more simple house is called boxy with small punched windows.  The houses are all quite big… mostly around 5500 square feet. One designer who commented in the article said that he’d call them McMansions, but that would give McDonalds a bad name. Wow. That is saying a lot. None of them appear to be designed by architects that were given much latitude, but most of the candidates appear to have dropped some cash on interior designers.  The houses all scream “I am a traditionalist,” according to design psychologists that were consulted.  Manicured green lawns and brick or stone are present in all.

Uh Oh. What would they say about my parent’s house, (the house were I grew up)? My dad took off the fake shutters at least….and it does have industrial chic concrete window sills. The windows are true divided lites, by the way, and my folks hired a local artist to make some stained glass windows for either side of and above the front door…Its not so big, but it is brick veneer with a green lawn and small punched windows.

Not a Republican house though

There is no discussion in the Times article about solar orientation or energy efficiency. There is no mention of simplicity, elegance, or economy. Creativity does not make an appearance, (except in Newt’s whimsical topiary.)

Perhaps the candidates can learn a bit from Ice Cube.

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Sometimes, when working in the driveway, people stop by to check out the action. I think John is explaining the cabinet to our curious neighbor here. He now has all five boxes assembled and primed. Here are a few more pictures of the process. Even though these boxes are painted, the woven corners show through and add a nice detail. Stay tuned for the final product.

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I bet the little attic room is pretty nice from the inside, but you have to wonder what they were thinking.

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It is often a challenge to think of good solutions for a problematic design puzzle on a tight budget.

Like modern art!

Its not in the budget to underground the utility lines, so the plan is to install birdfeeders…..and with any luck the mess of wires will fill with birds of all sorts.

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