I like thwe openness but would prefer some more, what's the term,
"massing"?, or maybe "level changes"? The basic glass box is not
something that would hold my interest for very long - I'd get bored with it
OTOH, it all always depends upon the individual. I've known some poeple
who live dso much in their minds, not fantasies but rather,
reading/thinking/math and the like, that they paid little attention to
their living space, aside fromwanting it to be orderly. Saw *much* of the
opposite while house-hunting over the years - patterend wallpaper and
patterned drapes and patterned furniture and so on and so oforth - some of
it literally gave me vertigo and turned my stomach because of the visual
strain. Interesting that very few wallpapered places I saw ever had art on
the walls. WHen I get art, I like to get originals when possible, and one
advantage of a blank off-white/cream/vanilla/whatever wall is that it
really puts the focus onto the artwork. Same goes for clean lines
elsewhere - puts the focus onto one's valued items/artwork.
At any rate, I admire and understand/appreciate the Mies house, and simialr
structures, in several ways, and am glad that they exist - just that I
personally think I'd get tired of the space if I had to live in it ;) .
Sometimes, less *is* more; other times, it's a good inspiration ;)
No, it's just my personality - I tend to get tired of what I suppose
could be called "monolithic spaces". I like (need) to have as much
natural light as possilbe, but I also like to have the space itself to be
less monolithic and more rhythmic, also with some material/textural
I understand the concept of the Farnsworth house, and admire it - just
that I personalyl would probably nto like living in it ;)
Yeha, the "ol' stnadard". THe one thing I like here is that at least
there are 3 windows which are only, oh, I guess about 10" (maybe 8"?)
apart, so it's a bit closer to a picture-window effect. That's also true
for the 2nd story (the room is 2 storys, i.e. about 18' in height). SO
that works out OK, too.
But most houses IMO have way too few windows. I assume that's because
it's just cheaper to do it that way - no need for added framing, no need
to bother putting in energy-efficient windows, no need to fuss with all
that troublesome fitting and insulating and caulking =>:-p
I saw the pic you'd had online of th eplace in Florida - there were a lot
fo very nioce features, and I recall seeing the windows in the back :)
We didn't have any wildlife here, since it's a new development, but,
being "freaks" <L!>, what we did, unlike the vast majority of people, was
decide how much we wanted to pay in total
- which was about half of what the bleeping real estate agents were
trying to pressure us into paying =:-o !! -
for the house *after* creating a budget for the pool and at least the
start of the yard. So I was able to install quite a few trees and shrubs
- one 15' tree, a few 10'-12' trees, and a load of smaller shrubs. THe
point being that critters are always attracted to plantings. So, we're
getting more birds, dragonflies, butterflies, and so on.
OK, no deer, or other large critters, but at least an increasing number
of smaller ones, which do bring activity into the yard.
To be sure... Are larger windows something you can add yourself? Or is
that something that you'd need to contract to have done?
I love it ;) Between being overweight, and having arthritis, it's the one
form of xwercise that doesn't leave me immobile the next day <L!>
Hard to say because it's fairly automatic - it generates chlorine from
salt, so every few weeks (more when it rains more, less when there are
longer sunny periods) I dump some in. THere is a monitor to keep track of
the level; I like it a bit on the saltier side. There is an ozonator. LAso
a Polaris bottom cleaner.
So, there really is not much to do. Empty the catch-baskets (whcih I check
daily since little toads tend to get into the pool an dsucked into the
basket) (they usually live once removed); rince the filter cartridges every
so often; brush the side tiles to prevent mineral buildup; that's about it.
The main expenses are running th efilter etc., and in the cooler months,
gas for the heater.
We prob run a bit less, with the salt system and the ozonator taking th
eplace of most chemicals.
No fountain, but a 12' waterfall wall. Not with th ebrown stone construct
- it's a 2' (from the ground level) wall, faced with the same tile and is
used for the pool-edge, and topped with the same stone as the coping. REal
stone, not brick. Colors went with the house (tans, touich of unmber here
and there) better than did any of the brick.
Coping i sNoche Honed:
They don't seem to carry the tile we used - it's basically a medium sky
blue with buff and a bit of an ochre color, looks like the colors were put
on and them swiped horizontally with a brush, to giv ea sort fo "watercolor
sky" look. THe buff an dochre-ish colors go with the coping stone (whcih
in turn, goes with the house brick), and the plaster is a blueish pebbel
finish that, with the water in the pool, looks like this:
The pool itself is a simple shape, basically rectangular, with rounded
corners on the side opposite the house (ther are a lot fo homes in back of
us with arched windows, and ther eare arched doorways in the house, so I
wanted to echo that, while keeping a very basic swimmable shape). The
steps have a "niche" so they do not at all impinge upon the swimming lanes.
I designed the pool before I picked the builder, and the poeple at Platinum
Pools were just fine with that, translated it to their CAD program an
dhelped me tweak the pool and decking design. I also had pretty much
decided upon the colors and general materials, also the decking tyupe. So
they got off easy <L!>
The water looks sapphire-blue from inside the house, and I put up a couple
solar lights that I put onto 3' poles (well, 2' since 1' is in the ground)
- they're 2' out from the pool (the width of the deck where they are
located), so they reflect on the water at night - looks nice esp with the
2' perimeter of loose stone that circles teh decking (whole house, pation,
and connected deck, actually) (intended to be bug-barrier, since it's easy
to speay the bleep out of it with insecticide) (yes, there is 20-year
fiberglass weed-barrier under the stones ;) ).
There isn't a whole lot of yard directly in back of teh pool, so I put in 2
greyish pindo Palms, which look really nice, backed by a few clumps of tall
grass - so far, Panicum virgatum vars. "Dallas BLues" (sprays outwards) and
'Heavy Metal' (upright/vertical habit), both of which also have blueish-
greyish-green foliage and bronzy seed-panicles. TO the left side facing
the pool (i.e. opposite th eporch) is a Mediterranean Fan Palm, which has
been a bit of a disappointment but I suspect that's because it got infested
with bleeping bleep-bleeped fire ants (I really loather those damn things),
but I doused the base with Seven pellets and fertilizer, and the newer
leaves are slowing coming out and looking much better. INn the back and to
the sides of that are Bambusa multiplex (clumping bamboo), 'Golden Goddes'
on the left and 'Alphonse Karr' on the right.
That is the back curve of the "pie slice". To the right (southwest side)
is the beginning of the White Garden; so far, from left (south) to right
(west): an almond verbena, a NAtchez crepe myrtle, a Little Gem magnolia,
a Viburnum odorotissima, and a white Oleander - at which point, you're back
to the 'Golden Goddes' - sort-of in front and to the right of that Fan Palm
is a Gardfenia 'August Beauty'. Directly in back of th epool, visible from
the main room/family room, is a very littel rose bed with Iceberg (white),
Lavaglut (true deep eye-popping blood-red, not even a *hint* of accursed
pink), and Julia Childe (yellow). Off to the right of the pool, north-
east of the Pindo palms, is anotehr Little Gem, a Yaupon Holly, in front of
that a Hesperaloe ("Red Yucca"), a Pineapple Guava, and a couple Foster
Hollies, with a couple more coming around the East side of the "pie slice".
In front of those are teh Citrus - Navel Orange, Rio Grapefruit, and soon
to be moved there, a Meyer Lemon. THen a small ned with soem assorted
red/orange/yellow-blooming thnigs, then another 'Golden GOddes', Foster
Holly, 'Alphonse Karr', Awabuki Viburnum, and agoan a 'GOlden Goddess'.
Can't see that corner from the house, only gfrom the pool. It's the low
point of the back so it's rather wet, had a 'littel Gem' die so I'm trying
the Bamboos as Privacy Plants. Plus, I do really like babmoos and otehr
ornamental gfrasses. I'm trying to find a place for a miscanthus
Giganteus, which I want very much, and places for a couple of other, lower
grasses ("only" 6'- 8' foliage rather than MG's 10' foliage).
From the house, then, the pool has IMO a bit of an "oasis" look, esp. when
the sun is very bright. I eventually want to hide the fence, yet leave
about a 2' strip that can be mowed. Actually, I'd like to eventually make
that strip stone as well, but that'll be *very* evxpensive...so, fo rnow,
it's jsut that damn St. Augustine grass. I hat elawn but I can't afford to
deal witht eh yard all at once. Also, gotta keep some grass in back in
case of resale, sincemost people have a fetish for lawn, for some reason.
ALso have to keep 50% of the front as lawn, it's the HOA dictate. But I'm
getting in some shrubs and so on there as well ;) Have the large stuff,
now I need to get small perennials that are successful. HTat part has been
a learning curve. But that's a different sage ;)
I'm very happy with how it's turning out so far. Everyone who sees the
pool says they really like it, which is cool but th ebest is that *I*
really like it a lot ;)
Need more plants back there, tho'... <LOL!!>
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