Published at Monday, April 08th, 2019 - 00:54:44 AM. Home Decoration. By Alrik Schulze.
While Victorian-style homes (generally any house built during the reign of Queen Victoria, between 1837 and 1901) are equated more with romance than practicality, Spindler says they confer several structural advantages. Their old-growth redwood is less vulnerable to pests and earthquakes than newer homes framing. But there are also drawbacks. Victorians were almost always built without electrical service, so sometimes original gas pipes havent been turned off or may have residual gas in their lines after theyve been capped. This can be an issue for workers who might be cutting into old lines. And while many love the feeling of 11-foot ceilings, itll take more steps to get to the next floor, and painting and changing lightbulbs can be more involved. But (especially since many of the architectural plans for these homes were destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906) being aware and offering insights to clients about such positives and negatives are just part of the job of a style specialist, and Spindler embraces her role as adviser. “None of them come with manuals,” Spindler says. “Its an exploratory process.”
If youre looking for inspiration, ask hospitals and wellness centers in your area if they have therapy gardens that the public can use. Mercy Medical Center in downtown Baltimore planted trees, boulders, paths, and water features on three outdoor levels of its new Mary Catherine Bunting Center building with the firm of Mahan Rykiel Associates in charge. “Families, staff, and patients enjoy seeing greenery flourish through windows and when outdoors. It helps them remember that life goes on as patients recover,” says Dr. Joseph Costa, medical director of the intensive care unit. When planning their own garden, homeowners should be selective and make decisions based on how much maintenance they want to undertake—or pay to have done. Too many features, or the wrong kind, may add stress, says Delaney. And thats the opposite intention of these gardens.
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