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When a House Leaks, It’s Not a House Anymore

December 14, 2011

Not leaking is a home’s Prime Directive.  The most essential thing a house can do is to get you out of the rain.  It is a reasonable baseline assumption that when you pay the vast majority of your net worth to live in a place, it should keep you dry.  Whether it is a flat roof’s vain attempt at controlling gravity with materiality or the spec home’s 27 different valleys all intersecting each other or multiple generations of roof forms crashing into each other in an older home when roofs are chronically leaky you don’t live in a home anymore, you live in a sculpture that happens to have space in it where you seek refuge – but not comfort.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Alexandra permalink
    December 16, 2011 7:35 am

    One particularly pretentious architect I worked for (who had designed his own house, of course) liked to say “The best architecture has a leaky roof,” which I pointed out should qualify his home for landmark status since there was hardly a week that went by that he wasn’t on the phone with contractors trying to get his leaky roof fixed. We didn’t get along very well.

  2. December 16, 2011 8:05 am

    I had the builder of my house, when it was one year old and had a significant leak after a storm, say that it was only because the storm came from an atypical direction and the rain came at a particular wind driven angle. What ? Guess he is not from New England.

  3. December 16, 2011 11:05 am

    after its last huge repair, costing millions upon millions, Fallingwater had its “permanent, uncorrectable lleak” tally down to somrthing over 20….

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