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Scene From the Street: Craftsman pillars with rock facing

The house has pillars, but where's the porch overhang they are designed to support?A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about a newly built Craftsman-type house whose pillars never received the rock facing I expected. I had watched this house go up in a local golf course community as I took my daily walk.

Trouble was, as some astute readers (POD People) pointed out, I was watching the rear of the house. It felt like the front to me because I could see it from the street where I walked. But there was a more important question: What's going on in the front of the house? Can I hear a duh?

So yesterday I made my way into the gated enclave and saw that, indeed, the four pillars in the front did get stone. Well, maybe faux stone, it looked like to me. It was quite similar to the stone you POD People voted on in the poll.

But here's what I thought: Where's the front porch? As Brent pointed out, the pillars in the rear look vestigial, which means they represent something that once had a purpose but no longer do. In the front, two pillars hold up the overhang for the grand entrance. But the other two pillars have no purpose.

Instead of that garden area on the right, that could have been a lovely covered porch for future owners to sit out and drink tea and wave to the neighbors. As it is now, the only choice is to drive up to the house in a car, go in the house and stay there. Think how many decades of front-porch experience will be lost.

With no front porch, and no virtually backyard (other than vestigial pillars that face another street), I think the exterior design of this house, while it has many assets, missed the mark. No wonder it's taken so long to sell.

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