Barn and Boat in Sooke, BC

As I go though my digital photos (200,000+) — usually looking for something to do with the Rolling Homes book I’m working on — I run across photos and grab them to post here. As I said in an earlier post, this was on a trip to Vancouver Island in 2017.

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Barn in Sooke, British Columbia

I really like the gambrel roof, where you take the gable shape, and push it up to get more headroom in the 2nd story. Big, spacious dormer nice for 2nd story.

Though it looks like it’s not being used (and there’s krappy shed attached on the left side), they’ve put a new roof on it.

Framing

There’s a lot to learn about building framing from farm buildings. Like the gussets here; attach them with construction screws and you’ve got simple, cheap connectors.

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A Home in Sooke, British Columbia

Shot on a trip in 2017, hanging out with Godfrey Stephens and Bruno Atkey…

I like a lot of things about this design, like the way the shingles flair out over the lower windows.

Too bad more people having homes built don’t just go with the thousands of well-worked-out designs like this, rather than hiring an architect, who will usually be trying to make a “statement.”

There are lots of of home-sweet-homes designs out there, worked out over centuries.

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Kindergarten, 1941

West Portal Grammar School, San Francisco circa 1941. That’s me, second from right in front row. At left in front row is Bill Floyd, who I see at the semi-annual lunches of our Lowell High School (class of 1952) lunches. He looks exactly the same, 79 years later — you could pick him out nowadays by looking at this photo.

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