On a good day, maybe. On a bad day, they don't remember what they meant.
When they get to 90 I call them "walls", and while they give the middle of
the plan a lot of light, I usually find they leak from above.
I thought the position of the ground floor's front wall did that.
Wha? You talking about a cricket, or bell cant?
I think you're giving this thing way too much credit. It looks like
builder-schlock to me. Not everything has a 'style'. To do so is to conform
to a recognized set of formal imperatives to some extent. BTW, guessing from
the clumsy geometry, I'd say this thing is newer than you think.
The 'salt box' type of house had humble settler beginnings. The houses
were small, however, the basic shape determined the character type for
untold numbers of subsequent houses.
Recall the shapes of the houses, in the board game, "Monopoly", and you
have the New England 'salt box' house shape.
That's all there is. Its no big deal - just a basic shape. You can add
to it, however, the basic shape remains.
That is nothing that you can possibly "Strongly disagree" about.
Middle Western or Western ranch style houses are a different matter.
They have many more origins, shapes and different types. In small houses
they have a predominately horizontal layout.
Well, that shape wasn't invented in New England, so we could take exception
to the amero-centric appellation at least. Then there's the asymmetry of the
section of a saltbox which hasn't been established in this case...
Usually the long slope faced North in New England. Basic rectangular shape
plus added shed section. We have one in my town with base house from 1638
and sheds from 1670. Looks pretty much like Don's sketch. It is not small
inside, though ceilings are low (7').
Also practical in a frontier setting. A simple gabled rectangle is universal
at temperate latitudes. The gable+shed addition is pretty much the same. Saw
it on the New Yangtze Workshop... ; )
WOW, I particularly like the two sagging ridge beams and header beam over
garage door opening. Next in line is the wallow eyed windows in the
oversized dormers. Classic building designer who never even had a drafting
course in high school pulled this one out of his ass, and we have a
gazillion of these all over our country... :)
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