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Metwith Architect 2d and the Usonian Expert (not sure what else to call him, sothis moniker shall stick…) earlier this week to discuss the schemes he sent uslast week. He asked us to first share our thoughts about the various schemes.After that discussion, we settled in on Scheme 1a. My bride likes the frontwall and how the space relates to the outdoor spaces. Although aesthetically Ilike Scheme 2 best, a house is a machine for living. Scheme 1a gears best intohow we live.

Afterscheming over the schemes, most of our discussion then centered on how we wouldinteract with the space with our vehicles. We are, unfortunately, a four-carfamily (yikes!), although two of the cars are very, very small and very, very cute(see attached photos. Cute!!!). Nonetheless, those little boogers need to beinside the garage. So then the questions are: Where do we park our dailydrivers? and How do we approach the property in our day-to-day we-ain’t-driving–the-cute-little-carbusiness?

Oneoption that we’re exploring is having a garage (as shown in Scheme 1a) AND acarport (smushed up front where the garage was for Scheme 1b). Architect 2d politely(and correctly) noted that this was less efficient space-wise (covered parkingfor four vehicles!) and less efficient budget-wise, but we’re going to exploreit nonetheless. It may be one of those things that doesn’t work out and getscatapulted during designing or during (ahem) value engineering. At the veryleast we look at the option and, if it gets designed and not built, we(possibly) build it in the future. Despite the small (did I mention cute?)collector cars, we aren’t fancy car people; therefore, we aren’t insistent thatthe cars be parked where the birds can’t poop on them.

If wepark toward the front of the property, we then discussed where it makes senseto have the kitchen. Toward the front, where we will probably be parking? Ortoward the back (which saves hallway/walkway space)? Hmmmmm and double hmmmmm…

Perhapsit was the aural emanations from the Usonian Expert sparked by recent solarflares, but I had dreams of cantilevered carport roofs last night (Frank did alot of those). Cantilevers are cool (but are expensive… why’s all the coolstuff ‘spensive?). You know you got it bad when you start dreaming ofcantilevers…

Speakingof the Usonian Expert, Architect 2d has brought him in to assist, which iscool. In general, I think it’s always good to have someone to bounce ideas offof and get a different perspective. In fact, Architect 2d works in a kind ofarchitectural commune (I’m exaggerating [slightly] here for literary effect; noevidence of flowers or free love [yet]), which again I think is cool, again forthe bouncing (of ideas; shame on you!).

So wewait for the next permutation of the plans which will investigate a carport andperhaps a jumbling of rooms. We shall see...




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