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Random Photo #5: solving construction questions

2021 Random Photo Series

As a way of rounding out the year, I have decided to share 3 random photos from my phone each week, along with a discussion about why I took the picture. This might give you a sense of how I think and who I am.

Random Photo #5:

Sketch details working out how to build a screen. Copyright 2021, David Locicero

One of the things architects do is figure out how to build things.

In this case, the owner and I wanted to have a screen of vertical hardwood posts between the entry door and part of the living room to make the entry more of a place of it’s own.

The living room floor was up a few steps and the ceiling was quite high and vaulted.

How to make a screen without having to spend a fortune on special order 12 or 14 foot long hardwood verticals?

That was the problem I was trying to solve with this series of construction detail sketches.

Working in pen and paper first as I think through a problem is far more efficient than trying to draw things in CAD right away. We need to know the solution before we can draw it. Testing solutions with ink on tracing paper is faster than trying to do it all in CAD.

I sent this drawing off to the contractor not to tell him how to do it, but to tell him what I wanted the finished screen to “look” like. I’m sure the contractor or his millwork sub will have an even better solution, to achieve my aesthetic goals.

But sometimes they don’t, and just need direction.


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