People often buy their new mountain property for the view. Sometimes that means that we get to place their new mountain cabin onto the side of a cliff. It’s not impossible, but it is interesting.
As you can see from the photo taken of the rear of this house, it is way up in the air. This does mean that that million dollar view is even better, because the owner is perched so high off the ground.
The overall design of the house, as it sits on the side of a cliff, is very misleading to you as you approach the house. So much of the house is below the main level, and this can mean that the front of the house makes you think the house is rather small. To give the entry side of the home enough interest, we sometimes have to really work to get some volume to the design to be visible from the street.
Very often this means creating at least some living space on an upper floor. This tends to not be the most economical way to create volume in a home in this location, because there is so much area created underneath the main floor. So, it really helps if you are willing to place your children’s bedrooms or your guest bedroom on a lower floor.Read More »
Architects need not be thought of as only interested in drawing blueprints for buildings or roads or bridges. They are the master designers of all kinds of theoretical systems, including school curricula, corporate strategies, and new technologies. For Architects, the world exists primarily to be analyzed, understood, explained – and re-designed. External reality in itself is unimportant, little more than raw material to be organized into structural models.
What is important for Architects is that they grasp fundamental principles and natural laws, and that their designs are elegant, that is, efficient and coherent. Architects are rare – maybe one percent of the population – and show the greatest precision in thought and speech of all the types. They tend to see distinctions and inconsistencies instantaneously, and can detect contradictions no matter when or where they were made. It is difficult for an Architect to listen to nonsense, even in a casual conversation, without pointing out the speaker’s error. And in any serious discussion or debate Architects are devastating, their skill in framing arguments giving them an enormous advantage. Architects regard all discussions as a search for understanding, and believe their function is to eliminate inconsistencies, which can make communication with them an uncomfortable experience for many.
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