We can rarely build high enough to allow 3rd floors but I constantly am
asked to make the second floor larger than the main and garage combined.
More like 30 than 50%. I call them mushroom houses....
Main is entry, a den, maybe a rec room, and a one or two bedroom rental
suite, plus garage of course,on the upper is a full 3 or 4 bedroom home....
You end up with a row of posts across the back of the house, yuck.
There's someone here on alt.arch who has a site about fungi architecture. I
wonder if this would qualify. :)
I wonder if you could somehow remove the posts, strongly anchor the base and
have the upper portion cantilevered and flared outward in some sort of
graceful arch... I imagine that might indeed look like a mushroom.
A well done arcade is far from yuck in some cases. Could double as a
covered patio. As for a cantilever, what's the rule of
thumb...something like, you can cantilever 1/4 of the length of the non
I'm with Edgar on the covered patio/arcade idea I think it's nice to have a
sheltered area you can view your garden from
I imagine the ultimate figure would depend on such things as the
strength/weight of base/foundation/rest of building, the climate (ie.
wind-forces), the strength, weight and usage of the cantilevered portion,
and building codes.
That would be me.
wrt to a progressive increase in floor space, in Geelong (Victoria,
Australia), there is a four or five storey commercial edifice built several
decades ago as an upsidedown pyramid, but which is supported by slender
square cols and raking corner beams in conc.
Further down the coast, not far from Bells Beach, there was a small house
built upon a single conc pylon (around 8m high) and a square cantilevered
slab. A pedestrian bridge spanned from the top of a sand dune to the slab.
However, all was demolished after the conc was cracked beyond repair by
Given that Australia is down-under, an upside-down pyramid stands to reason,
if only to keep it right-side up.
Clearly, anything transported there from right-side up would inevitably
arrive upside-down, relatively speaking.
...It's a good thing for Australia that they get gravity.
Perhaps there is a picture of it online somewhere that predates the fire...
or a similar building.
If only they would listen, well sometimes they listen, but they won't do
it due to the almighty buck, these are being built to flip (resell) and
not to discerning buyers, just somebody that wants to pack too many
people into a single dwelling ....
You can hardly sell a house, be it low market or upscale, without it
having a suite to rent out. No wonder our realestate prices are soaring
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