Small Town (Oregon) Small Home Symmetry

Bilateral symmetry includes the landscaping. I would bet that the owner of this house is very orderly.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

5 Responses to Small Town (Oregon) Small Home Symmetry

  1. Lloyd, I would take your bet. I bet the owner is, inside, not so orderly at all. I bet the "outside" is to keep the neighbours off their back, etc..

    Landscaping makes an attempt at symmetry, but look again, the "same" bushes/shrubs although effort is made to make them equal, are not. (okay I am nitpicking, but they are not …grin).

    I think this person has made a serious effort to have the landscaping / flowers symmetrical, but that it is a struggle for them, as they do not have the knack. By the time the person gets to the inside (unless it is a couple and someone else does the inside), they likely will have had enough of trying to make things "equal".

  2. This is true.

    There is also a grey garbage container and what appears to be a "Beware of the Dog" sign to the right of the house, but nothing like this to the left of the house. This person's attempt at symmetry has totally failed, so the inside of the house is likely to be chaotic.

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