The Cross House

11 Responses to I See Green

  1. Looks great Ross! I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I just wanted to say again that one of the things I love most about your blog is the way you keep us updated on your progress. You are appreciated!

  2. Will you be painting the reconfigured downspout according to the background color of the house, or will it all be the single darker green color?

  3. I just love your house, Ross!
    I have a project of my own in Finland. It’s much smaller and easier than yours, but gives me lot of joy. Sometimes it makes me desperate.
    I was wondering about the layout of your house. It’s amazing. It doesn’t seem to have any structure, but it is exciting and imaginative. Why is it like that. Has the house developed slowly, beginning as a smaller house or is that typical for Victorian houses?

      • It is amazing. The first tblueprints of my house have been made 10 years after the firts part was built. Those were made to apply for permission ton expand. I guess that the small cottage it was earlier, had no blueprints. We often say, that at that time plan was scribbled on a cigarette pack.

    • I am not ross but I will say that the sort of rambling eclecticism you are refering to is common in large houses of the victorian era, particularly in the 1890s. From what I have read of Ross’ blog it seems the house was all built in one go, from one more or less unaltered architectural concept. Houses of the upper class at this particular time in history often sought to mimic the delightful quirkiness of the grand houses in england, which, as you said, were added on to over the centuries. Part of this “trend” was to create a sort of illusion of being old money, as opposed to (the shame!) New money. being a (relatively) new settlement, there was not a wealth of grand ancestral homes, as there was in england, and so one had to fake it

  4. Thank you for your answer. That really explains the design. I just love the house. It reminds me of some of the old villas we have in Finland. Those have usually been built part by part, each owner leaving their “fingerprint” into the house.

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