Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I think the same thing may be true of porches. You now see many houses with porches, but how often do you see a porch with one or more people sitting on it? I remember my grandparents’ porch in Cowpens, South Carolina. Whenever we visited, we would always end up on the porch. The porch faced a busy highway. It never failed that after we sat for a while, someone would stop to visit. Often we would end up with as many visitors as family members.
I remember my Grandmother’s porch in McBee, South Carolina. Her front porch was only a formal decoration on the front of the house, but her back porch was where she and I sat and rocked and discussed things of great and serious import. I suspect that many of us remember porches in association with a different time and place, and somehow believe that building a porch will recreate that old feeling.
Is it for the same reason we bring back souvenirs from vacation? Is it for the same reason we are inspired by the architecture or landscaping from a vacation destination? All of these considerations come to my mind as I am creating this space to live in. Do we build our spaces to support and affirm the lifestyle we have chosen, or do we build our spaces in a wish to be somewhere else?
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
This image shows the front of the house which has the large screen porch. The side view shows how the three containers are positioned side-by-side. The roof for the porch was purchased to be used in another project which was abandoned. The roof panels are corrugated steel designed for a bolt-together, all-metal building.
Ingenium Engineering is doing the foundation and structural design work.
We are working conjunction with the Chesterfield County, South Carolina Building Inspection Department.