Our first example for "The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly series was not difficult to find. Just a quick spin through a couple of subdivisions and, oops, there it is!
Here is an example of an "architectural embellishment" that creates big-time water problems. I'm not quite sure what to call this structure that has been added between two rooflines, and completely blocks two valleys, carrying 60% of the rainwater from the front of the roof. The valleys have been "re-directed" around this obstruction, but judging by the attractive vertical flashing that has been added, the volume of water coming down must surely overload the gutters and make approaching the front door treacherous in cold weather.
Below is a fine example of the "floating porch roof" – No beams. It appears as though at any moment, the posts will punch right through the ceiling from the load. Beams create visual sense, even today, when they are often no longer structurally necessary.
Rory McDonnell is a General Contractor, Licensed Carpenter and Architectural Designer with Build, a construction firm in Stratford, Ontario, specializing in new custom homes and renovations.
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