from 6 Ways to Mental by R Mac Wheeler
" ...all that small talk. I couldn't see the purpose. Why share your opinion about current affairs? Politics doesn't require discussion. All the parties are ignorant fools stealing the public blind. Who wants to talk about wars and crime?"
Modern house building styles.
Have we all noticed that trend for square, blocky porticoes at the front of houses?
Does anyone else think they look out of place?
Are we trying to mimic the feeling of walking into a grand hotel?
A sheltered entrance is a good idea, and done properly can look very nice.
But far too many are over-sized and simply do not suit the house.
In particular, an older style home that has been "renovated" with a big square portico added, just looks wrong to me.
Here's an example:
from the real estate section of the paper; this new home design isn't as bad as some I've seen; the portico isn't a solid concrete frame, it is broken by the posts supporting the top section. But it still looks wrong to me. It would look far better, in my opinion, without that top section; if the roof was set directly onto the posts thus bringing it into line with the rest of the roof.
Here's another example:
from the same section of the same paper; in this two storey home, the portico looks much more balanced, with the extra weight of the second storey behind it, the extra width of the home and the fact the adjacent section is faced with matching stone. This final detail helps to tie the portico to the rest of the house.
What's your opinion on this latest building fashion? Would you add a portico to your existing home? If you are building a home, will you choose a style with a portico?
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