Tuesday, April 21, 2015

World Renowned Architect Shows What Modular Construction Can Achieve

Garnett Design Group is now sharing some of their 400+ home plans with visitors to this blog. Known as one of the few Architects that works almost exclusively with modular construction, the homes he designs for discerning clients are truly works of art.

He welcomes you to visit his site and learn that going modular is just more than you could have ever imagined. If his designs catch your eye and you wish to build one of his designs, he can make your new home plans a reality. Contact him today.

Here is the Eugenia, his first contribution to Modular Home Builder.

Total Building Area:  3254.0 Sq. Ft.
Total Living Area:  3062.0 Sq. Ft.
Victorian Vernacular
The eastern Puget Sound in Washington State and southern British Columbia has a plethora of “black dirt” river deltas that cover tens of thousands of acres and have deep soil deposits for some of the richest farm land in North America.  They start with the Nisqually delta, near Olympia and march northward, named after the First People tribes that inhabited the deltas’ rivers: the Duwamish, Snoqualmie, Stillaguamish, Skagit, and Snohomish, Samish and Nooksack and end with the expansive delta of the mighty Fraser River in British Columbia.

This amazing farm land is the result of the Cordilleran glaciers of the last Ice Age event that ended about 11,000 years ago.  These rivers acted as outflow channels from the melt water of the continental glaciers in the Puget lowlands and the mountain glaciers of the Cascade Range and deposited immense quantities of glacial detritus at their terminuses in the Puget Sound.
Of all the delta regions, I am most attracted to the Skagit delta because of the several hundred thousand snow geese and trumpeter swans that winter over in its farmlands and marshes each year and the thousands of acres of cultivated tulips and daffodils that bloom in the spring.
The Skagit delta was settled in the 1850’s. After the cutting and clearing of the primordial forests (imagine Western Red Cedars with 20-foot diameter trunks), the delta’s amazing soils quickly made its farmers prosperous.  They built many fine period homes, mainly based on designs in published house catalogs of the time.
You can still find a good sampling of these houses today dotted throughout the Skagit delta.

Fortunately, as far as I am concerned, there also were free-thinking home owners and local and journeyman master carpenters who wanted to express their own thoughts on the prevailing designs of the day.  The houses they built had a juxtapositioning of diverse design elements that could not be pigeon-holed into any of the popular design genre currently being built.  
Today, we categorize these quaint structures as Victorian Vernacular.
In my ramblings through the back roads of the Skagit delta in the spring of 2008, I came across one of these houses and used it for the progenitor of the Eugenia.  The house was sited all by itself and reminded me of a small, church-like sentinel, surrounded on three sides by a 400-acre sea of red tulips.

The bulk of the house has elements of Gothic Revival featured in the ornamentation of the gable ends, steeply pitched roof and the overall austere look of the fenestration, but, bang!, there is the Queen Anne-style turret.  Don’t you love it!

Bill Garnett ©2014

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