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onward with Plan B!

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Architect2d and the Usonian Expert (sounds like a good name for a techno-jazz duo,doesn’t it?) sent us reworked (and more detailed) adjacency and massing schematicslate last week. There are two realizations: Schematic Plan A and Schematic PlanB. And they both look mighty fine! We were expecting Plan A based ondiscussions from our last meeting and, although we were expecting a Plan Bbased on those discussions, it wasn’t exactly what we were expecting.  And that was a good thing.

Plan A(~2,000 square feet) is a fleshing out of Scheme 1A from the initialadjacency and massing exercise. The floorplan is more refined, including apeek onto the second floor, and we see the rudiments of the relation of thehouse to the surrounding landscape. Mucho cool is the 3D rendering of the houseto give us a sense of what the street presence might look like.

Plan B (~2,300square feet) is kind of a Frankenstein’s monster of Scheme 1A and Scheme 2 witha few new parts-is-parts thrown in. And it is gorgeous! We like both Plan A andPlan B, but we really, really (really) like Plan B.

Howdoth we like you, Plan B? Let us count the ways:

-      thegorgeous street presence (kinda love everything about it),
-      thecantilevered carport (holy crap that’s cool!),
-      theoverhangs (slim-shady),
-      the“protected” back yard (as opposed to Plan A, which would make nude bar-b-queingchallenging…),
-      theoffice (bonus  room!),
-      thecornerish window (gives the cornerish hens something to look out of…),
-      theself-standing “privacy” walls (Miesian?), and
-      theentry sequence (we prefer side entrances but this front entrance is done reallywell).

Althoughfitting in with the neighborhood isn’t a requirement with us (bring on thearchitectural interventions!), this design fits in better with the ‘hood thanthe others. Another plus.

Not allis well in B-ville: We have some minor concerns:
-      thelayout of the kitchen (my bride prefers a barrier between her and the hungryhordes),
-      thelocation of the mudroom and master closet (they may have to go there for anumber of architectural reasons, but they seem like they may be better as partof the main body of the house inasfar as the rest of the house relates to thecourtyard),
-      accessto the back of the lot (In an ideal world, we could leave the courtyard open tothe front of the property, but this is not an ideal world. In our previous house,anytime we left the side gate open there was a 50 percent chance someone wouldbe in the back yard up to no good. And that’s not hyperbole talking…),
-      color(intrigued by the tan; not sure about the green [which may be intended to sendthat part of the building into the background]),
-      mechanicals(where do the mechanicals go?),
-      thesize of the master closet (the bride frowns),
-      cost(sadly, cool = expensive; looks like some steel work in there [not that somesteel couldn’t fit in the budget]), and
-      thePorsche in 2D changing into a Karmann Ghia in 3D (a secret messageabout the future of the Euro?).

All in all (except for cost and the Karmann Ghia) these areminor (and probably premature) concerns, especially at this point. Next stepsinclude refining Plan B, schematic design (floor plans and elevations), andestimating cost. Still a lot to do.

Meanwhile, we look at Plan B in 3D and justsmile. Sometimes Plan B is A-OK…




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