Designing a house involves hundreds
of decisions, many of them
choices between two alternatives that
both have merit. You often wonder,
"Did I make the right choice?" But you
usually never know, because you can't
build both and compare A with B.
The houses illustrated at right offer an
unusual opportunity to do such a comparison.
Except for a few subtle differences,
the two side-by-side houses are
identical mirror images of each other.
Both houses are on small urban lots.
Both face west and feature generous
porches along their front elevations.
House A is on a corner and House B is
next door, 25 feet away. The front street
is flat, but the sites are relatively steep,