Friday, 28 February 2014
Thursday, 27 February 2014
So as I walk my dog, or the few blocks to skate on the canal or do errands at the shops on Bank Street, I am continually looking into the gaps between the houses. These lanes offer a glimpse to in interior of the blocks and the interesting back sides of the homes which more often than not have been expanded in one or more stages. Sort of urban anthropology.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Typical of Bramel's approach to innovation and anything but production methods, the siding at ground level is cedar that has been charred with a torch. Excess char will be wire brushed or power washed off which leaves a raised grain and hardened surface that will be extremely durable.
The shiplap boards are torched before being fastening on the wall, as doing it in place would be just asking for trouble - the objective is blacked, not flambé. The guys were joking about bringing hot dogs for lunch tomorrow though.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
This is the view from my second floor deck looking into the gap at the end of the block. The big trees live here in the rear yards, where they have some space, unpaved ground and can thrive. Many of them were not planted intentionally but as a result of nuts buried by squirrels or simply, blown seeds which as they grew, were not cut out. These trees create a microclimate in the interiors of the blocks with shade in the summer as well as food and shelter for urban wildlife.
The tree in the sketch is an oak and must stand 15m tall.