11.08.2005

make that unanimous

The viewsheds are OK, you'll be happy to know. Maybe you're wondering what a viewshed is. Maybe you're picturing like a small artist's studio with maybe a DVD player or maybe naked people inside. Maybe you check the dictionary, but you won't find a definition there.
However, if you go to any historic district or preservation meeting, you will hear the word bandied about quite freely. According to what I can gather, it's like a watershed only with views. Like, say, if I wanted to build a house between you and the ocean, I would not only be in your face, but in your viewshed.
Well, I'm not. So there.
Plus, my designs "are in keeping with the neighborhood"—as well they might be since we are the neighborhood. And my details do not offend the sensibilities of those on the Historic District Commission.
I'll tell you what does, though: decks. Particularly second floor decks. They hate 'em.
I thought they might get after me for my little balconies. But no. They were going to consider it for awhile, but then one member moved they approve the design immediately, and they did. Unanimously. I about collapsed. Next up: Zoning hearing.

15 comments :

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cba said...

Ah. This outfit will supply the much-needed cash to build the non-viewshedding, mini-balcony sporting, neighborhood-in-keeping little gem we all are going to love.
Hurrah!
Get your caliphers fixed, and your worries are over.

PhilL said...

What about the Kitten's soundshed, or the aquaculture's smellshed?

le corbusier said...

I hate these modern, completely made-up "use-speak" terminologies.
View-shed, indeed!
It's almost as bad as "Eat-in-kitchen."

How about rating a building by its " histo-placemology quotient?"

That's like: How historically- appropriate is its placement in the community???

cba said...

"Oh, pardon my use-speak, but this structure's histo-placemology score is direct conflict with it's eat-in options."

Dolores said...

Viewshed is definitely not a word that you would hear in the Bronx...

oceangurl said...

Viewshed sounds like some of the housing I have lived in on block island. A shed with a view and it is never an oceanview.

neruda said...

congratulations!!! can't wait to see the view from the new house...i bought one today a house that is ...a civil war soldier lived there his tombstone is in the basement ..no view down there

cba said...

This sounds wonderful. I want the details. Call me! Are there any werewulves in the basement?

Claudia said...

My dear Pablo, Mazel tov!

mr. li said...

Oh, no, Lady! Li not like this Picasso. Was not nice man, this man terror with maletov cocktail.
Please, Lady. Have art only Normal Rockwell. Is better for digest beline.

mr. li said...

What is this house of Neruda?? Li is afraid for Bride, who has friends with this bad mens, Picasso and Rhett Bulters, werewulves, wulverines, flesh-eat birds and coffee-drink cats sleeping in no-view basements???
What is fine man to do with wild wife driving broken truck, fierce friends?
What is not is not???

Dan Murphy said...

did the BI HPC ask for a street scape with regard how the new structure will look (fit in) as a companion to the other structures (we -the GR HPC- always do)

Claudia said...

They did not, although I showed them a picture in silhouette and marked on it where the house would fall.
In point of fact it would be a trifle hard to match both Captain Bob's and the compound. It's designed to be similar to our buildings.

house of hat said...

Like, duh. What Dan is TRYING to say is what's the bulding's histo-placemology score.

What Claudia is trying to say is.." Who gives a ____. We own the neighborhood."