Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming

Function is at it again,  Messing up my plans, uglifying things.

Here's the deal.  This is our house.

Simple, clean-lined, modern.  Not at all what I thought we would end up with, but I love it.

Last night, we had flash flooding, and copious amounts of water came in to our (thankfully unfinished) basement, for the second time in two weeks.  This happened once before, RIGHT before we closed on the house, and the previous owners put covers on the window wells on the problem side of the house, and paid us to install gutters.

Which, in the end, we didn't do.  Because look at the corners of this house!

No overhang, no nothing.

Gutters will be an eyesore.  I do not believe I am being dramatic: they will simply ruin the line of the house.

But obviously we can't get out the shop vacs every time it storms, and cross our fingers against mildew and mold.

I'm curious if anyone out there has any magical solutions for me?  (pretty please?)

I'm also curious: how far have you gone (or not gone, as the case may be) in favor of aesthetics over function?

1 comment:

  1. That's a tough one. I have the same problem on our carriage house (garage apartment!) There's no overhang, therefore traditional gutters will not look I've done nothing and everytime it rains hard and the wind blows in a certain direction water runs in under the front doors! I'm going to install canvas awnings - which obvious will not work for your situation...have you looked into some of the more modern or untraditional gutter type solutions? I've seen a really attractive device that mounts like a gutter, but is slotted, projects water away from the house and in most situations becomes an architectural addition....


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