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The wall was on the final plan and labeled "new brick wall". It was never built, probably because the foundation and brick had already been started or completed. The wall will direct visitors to the nearby front door. As it was built, visitors inevitably thought that the kitchen door was the front door. Walter (Cedar Rock) and several other Usonians contemporary with Lamberson have similar walls which differentiate the service entrance from the main entrance...
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Notice the proximity of the two entrances, just a few feet apart:

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And . . . the terrace is now complete.


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It looks fabulous Peter!
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Post by dtc »

Peter,
You and the tradesmen that worked on these latest projects must be congratulated. It is superb craftsmanship.

Do you have metal liners in your thru the wall scuppers?
I can't remember you discussing that detail.

Your efforts with attention to every detail, along with finding the right men for the job surely payed off. You must be ecstatic.

I assure you that you will find time, even on cool autumn or spring evenings to spend time on the terrace. Wright knew how to extend the interior of the home into the garden. The Wright community thanks you for bringing Lamberson back...it is alive and well in your hands.

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Thanks for the kind endorsements, Dan and Paul!

Scuppers...: The last, extremely important detail to be addressed. We will do copper ones, and we are fine tuning the design now. We need to get these in before the big freezes arrive which, as you well know, are literally right around the corner.

When I have time I will show you all a drawing of the existing condition and you can weigh in. The transition from slab to scupper is key...

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Post by Matt »

Beautiful work. How gratifying it must be to be able to "Wright" some wrongs on the house. Something many of us can only dream of doing. My quibble is the height of the wall before the side entrance. Seems taller than it needed to be. Was that in the elevations or based on following the window-line that the patio uses?

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Thanks Matt!
4'6" high above the concrete mat, as dictated by the final plan (see below), a bit below eye level for most... The person working in the kitchen can see out, but privacy is guaranteed.
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The view out from the workspace was previously mainly of the carport drive, but now the wall frames the view of the treetops and hills beyond. It really feels much better than before.

The other privacy walls (Palmer, Walter, etc.) are all at a similar, if not identical, height.

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Post by DRN »

Look's great. I hadn't seen the effect of the skylight in the carport before... seems to make the new screen wall possible, as the resulting space may have been too dark without that wash of daylight. It is interesting how such a simple architectural move as a screen wall can clarify an otherwise ambiguous situation with respect to the doors.

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Post by Roderick Grant »

What are your landscaping plans around the terrace? That should be done with great care. The 60-degree 'prow' should be shown off to greatest advantage.

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Any thought to having a perimeter of crushed rock -- interrupted by the new terrace steps, of course ?

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Post by Matt »

I'd soften that edge with some low blue fescue. I think that'd survive those midwest winters, and color would be a nice to make the brick pop.

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Post by peterm »

To answer both of your questions: We're planting a formal boxwood hedge which will be pruned to the exact height of the terrace wall. That should hide that ugly thing...

Sorry, I couldn't resist...

Topsoil will be added to recreate the proper grading around the front and end of the prow. We'll reseed with a fescue rye bluegrass mix. Around the back side where the scuppers are located, we will fill in the missing grade with gravel for drainage, but probably cover that with a couple inches of topsoil to allow grass to fill in. I somehow can't picture gravel showing, though I understand its importance for drainage. We need to fill the most on this side to get water away from the foundation.

No other plants will be added nearby.

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Post by Paul Ringstrom »

peterm wrote:Walter (Cedar Rock) and several other Usonians contemporary with Lamberson have similar walls which differentiate the service entrance from the main entrance...
This is NOT just a Usonian phenomena. The Stockman House has the exact same feature.
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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