To Stock Plan, or Not To Stock Plan – #1
Far from an eternal question, yet a situation threatening the American landscape for generations. The sad reality is some of the ugliest residential architecture of all time is what we have to view as we speed down the interstate. With each house having countless steep gables stacked on top of each other, one can feel they are being accosted by a rip saw blade. I am not a fan of the current state of the housing market, where the majority of homes being built are from the same basic few stock plan ideas. Most stock plans attempt to see how many gables they can “incorporate” into space. They look like a miniature mountain range. Unfortunately (especially for the future generations) the stock plan industry and the internet is facilitating this decline of aesthetics. “Form follows function”, made famous by Louis Sullivan is now “form follows ridges”. So, for the vast majority of stock plans, I say just say no.
Designing a home that that will provide the most for the people living in it, will most likely demand individual planning. Even on a fifty foot wide lot, there are site factors worth considering, not to mention the unique qualities of the people living there. However, we all know that takes many hours to do, and done by someone who knows what do look for, which makes it cost prohibitive for most people. But, that’s the truth.
This opinion is just that. It in no way represents the management or staff of this company.