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Three Houses on a Street by Built4ever Three Houses on a Street by Built4ever
Exercise to see how three of my house designs fit together on fairly narrow "town lots," measuring around 54' to 56' across front and 130' in depth, leaving a 5' sidewalk, a 15' front lawn, the main house, a screen porch connector to the garage, a 24'x24' two car garage, and about 24' of driveway, with small sideyard/backyards for patio, deck, garden, small pool. outbuilding, etc. Common features include: living/great rm. up front, dining next, and kitchen towards back, generous laundry and mud room.
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StompinTom Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Nice stuff in your folio, as I've mentioned before! I like the old romantic feel of not only the designs but the drawings themselves. Refreshing! I'd be curious about how these kinds of designs could evolve/adapt to new ways of living considering how lifestyles are changing due to technology, transportation, domestic hierarchies, etc.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Good question. The plans are already updated in many ways to modern living, with easy flowing open space planning instead of small rooms with four walls. Technology could include built-in stations (desks) for computers, built-ins for large screen teevees, etc. Modern heating and cooling works well and is pretty efficient with good insulation, just stuff the HVAC in the attic or crawlspace. Here, we still drive cars, at least most Americans do, so a 2 car garage is minimal, some want 3 or 4 car garage. No bus stops or railways here! I'm all for bike paths in a development though. What do you mean by a domestic hierarchy? Role of female vs male? Lack of servants today vs. a hundred yrs ago? I have built with advanced materials, so these houses could all be built in AAC, for example, aerated autoclaved concrete block. What you think? I'm scared of radiant heat, no way to repair when the pipes fail, and they do. Can we adapt old romantic ways and aesthetics to modern life? Sure!
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StompinTom Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Of course, old romantic ways can and should be adapted to modern life, else we end up with the plastic cardboard houses we live in today :P

What I also like is exactly that there *aren't* 2-4 car garages in those designs as that seems to be a relic of the failed American dream and comes across as a uneconomical and irresponsible in this age of ecological crises. I think new developments should be thought out by prioritizing bikes and pedestrians and more 'human' ways of living and getting around, not just the garage-car-garage way of traveling to work, for example. The New Urbanists are tackling these kinds of problems and I've also seen a revival in the same kind of romantic values that are in these designs. If you're not familiar with the movement, you should check it out!

About domestic hierarchy, I mean the fact that we now have stay-at-home Dads, double income families, extended families living as well as different patterns of living based on new technologies (cell phones, laptops, wifi, etc.) and social patterns (open kitchens replacing formal dining rooms as the place where people socialize) which means that the places where we work, sleep and hang out are becoming much different from what they were previously.

I think it's exciting as hell to consider all of this! A lot of people are turned off by steel and glass, so why not take the old Italian villas and adapt them in such a way to be relevant today?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Yes! Well written and I agree... We have an Italian villa village here in Greenville, very different architecture, nice place. Mandatory roof tile (no asphalt.) Steel and glass is for robots! Human biology can't make sense of large uniform materials. Everything should be subdivided and broken down, or built of small pieces. Modernist dogma didn't "get this." Yes, that's what I figgered on domestic hierarchy.

I have been to at least 12 or 15 Duany/Plater-Zyberk towns, and my parents live in one! They are heros of mine, in a world that is hard to find heros. It's amazing, because they are not architects, but code writers, and town planners!
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