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Short of replacing all the exterior material (has any Usonian owner yet done that ?) there's usually no remedy for a blotchy and stained appearance to Wright's "wood eternal." With an opaque cover, even the worst-looking boards -- and any random replacements -- are rendered identical. Of course, any defects of surface or texture are now amplified, to replace the lost grain appearance . . .
It would have been nice to see a more subtle color to the trim; even better might have been a single shade, which would be most similar to the effect of carefully-selected new wood. Here we have, for the time being, something resembling a Plasticville miniature . . .
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But, as mentioned, it can always be repainted. The interior is being well-cared-for, as well.
The lanai presents a maintenance issue...to my knowledge there is no gate; lifting a gas or electric pushmower over the wall is difficult, potentially dangerous, and requires two people; rolling a filthy mower through the house is a non-starter; I suppose a small old fashioned manual roller blade mower could be lifted over the wall or fitted through its slotted end:
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...but, if the owner is not the groundskeeper, getting a lawn service to do that deed may be difficult.
Other than the synthetic turf, I suppose the other option would be a raked Zen pebble bed with large stone "islands" or Noguchi sculptures.
On the other hand, a unique through-wall compartment, connecting the second bedroom to the corridor (excuse me, gallery) and apparently original to the house, was maintained or restored.