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“Quoins” are the exposed stone pieces that you sometimes see stacking up only on the corner of a building. They sometimes look like a zipper applied to the corner edges of a structure.  And their use today is odd and usually fake and is trying to allude to traditional masonry construction and presumably the sense […]

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It is probably unfair to throw all of these in a single despicable category, but the abuses in the last 40 years are so egregious that only a complete moratorium on all mansard roofs will suffice to still the repulsion of most architects. A mansard roof is unusually a full story of a building masquerading […]

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another in a series of architectural pet peeves of mine, this one on painfully outdated electrical products and procedures in wiring a house

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on the distinction between cement and concrete

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another in a series of architect’s pet peeves – in this case, fake masonry, the artificial stone and brick stuff masquerading as real construction

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another in a series of architect’s pet peeves – in this post, turrets on suburban American houses.

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a plea for the use of either properly sized and functioning shutters or none at all

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