Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Bringing back memories
When I was a kid growing up in Quincy Illinois, there was a row of houses that were built in this sort of salt-block style that I loved. I thought of them as "art deco" style but, to be honest I'm not sure the style falls into that category. I guess that growing up around big, two and three story houses made of brick and block, this style looked modern and sleek to me. So when I saw this house in one of our historic neighborhoods, it brought back those childhood memories.
I found another one similar to the one above also in a historic neighborhood. Flat roofs pose a particular challenge for homes in the desert. Long stretches of hot, sunny weather tends to dry out the roofing materials and when the monsoon season comes and we get periodic rains, that water can seep through some of the cracks and cause leaks. Many people with houses like these get a special roofing material that can stand up to the heat and brutal sun.