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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:36 AM
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by 1527xy last modified Jun 29, 2011

Matt came up with it. Jesse and I started it. I continued it. And Jesse will finish it. What, you may ask, am I talking about? The drip cap that runs around our house. When Matt finalized the window design, he did it in a way that made the top of every window at the [...]




 

 

Matt came up with it. Jesse and I started it. I continued it. And Jesse will finish it.

What, you may ask, am I talking about? The drip cap that runs around our house. When Matt finalized the window design, he did it in a way that made the top of every window at the same level, and the bottom of every window that sits above the ground also in line.

This design element allowed an opportunity to create a deep drip edge below each window. Here’s my take on what this allows.

First, it creates a window sill, which is super functional, keeping water that might hit the windows away from the siding. And given our windy meadow, water on the windows is a reality.

Second, it adds a beefy horizontal band to an already very horizontal house. Not only does this break up the siding, but it plays to an already strong design theme. In a lot of ways our house is all about the horizontal. The site is wide. The meadow is wide. The hillside behind us is wide.

Finally, it’s a nod to other architectural styles we like. It’s a very Japanese and Craftsman detail. I really love how Matt has pulled in traditional details in a modern way. We have this in a number of other places throughout the house too. Some other time I’ll take a few pictures of these, but realistically need to wait until the finish work is underway. A little shallow depth of field action always helps make a picture nice and artsy-fartsy. Clean work from Jesse, eh? The horizontal line will help break up big fields of siding. And it looks cool! This is taken at the master bedroom corner. Notice how the windows are set back from the outside of the house. The deep sill, angled down, helps resolve potential water issues.




 

 

 
 
 

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