Category Archive: Architecture

The Westward Wind

The Westward Wind

Despite all the watching and planning, we still didn’t know why the westward wind was happening. That all changed a couple of weeks ago when we hosted a small dinner party that included a retired Coast Guard officer. We talked about the wind and he said, β€œOh, that’s a land breeze”. I had heard of a sea breeze before, but never a land breeze. I had to learn more.

The Time Between Glass and Mirror πŸͺŸπŸͺž

The Time Between Glass and Mirror πŸͺŸπŸͺž

I soon came to appreciate the glass wall as a feature of the house that exists in multiple states. During the day, it disappears and reveals a view over the Salish Sea, as it was designed to do. But at night, when darkness hides the view, the glass becomes a mirror to the interior. One minute you’re looking at the water, another you’re looking at yourself. I think of this as the time between glass and mirror.

This Fireplace Sucks πŸ”₯

This Fireplace Sucks πŸ”₯

Sometime in the middle of the house project, I learned a lesson about chimneys that has fascinated me ever since. We were talking about the metal tubes, or β€œflues” that would eventually stick out of our roof and vent our two wood-burning fireplaces. According to the fireplace company, the size of the fireplaces meant the flues needed to be eighteen feet high to work. This explains why.