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Keeping an Eye on Chimneys Keeping an Eye on Chimneys

Though it's but a single element, a chimney can do much to enhance a house's overall design. In its materials and form — how it rises and terminates — a successful chimney respects the context of the surrounding home. Read more

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Columns, Posts, Piers: What's Best for the Porch? Columns, Posts, Piers: What's Best for the Porch?

There's no question that a porch looks and feels best when all of its components relate to the rest of the house's design. In an earlier column, we focused on how porch guardrails can complement a home (5/06); here, we'll talk about ways that porch columns, posts, and piers can do the same. Read more

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Composing With Shingle Cladding Composing With Shingle Cladding

Any time you use shingles as siding, you face an array of design decisions: Should you weave the corners or use corner boards? Should you use patterns — and if so, where, and which ones? Would a shingle flare or bow be appropriate? Read more

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Making Guardrails Look Good Making Guardrails Look Good

An exterior guardrail presents an opportunity to explore a house's design themes in detail. All too often, designers and builders opt for an ill-considered stock railing that technically performs the guardrail function but neglects the spirit of the building it serves. Read more

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Giving Freestanding Garages Their Due Giving Freestanding Garages Their Due

Giving freestanding garages their due Read more

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