“Show Me Your Good Side”

Cedar Home SelfieWhen taking group pictures, it’s more than likely that you’ve been forced to switch places with your friends because “that’s not my good side” or “I look better on the left.” Personally, I am fine standing on the left or the right, the middle, the front, or even the back of the pack. I don’t shave only one side of my face, press only the bottom half of my suit and sure hope my stylist pays as much attention to the back of my head as the front. That’s just me. But, trust me, I do get it. I’m not slamming anyone for wanting to look good.

It’s human nature to want to put your best face/foot forward, especially in today’s digitized, forever-photos, social media driven world we live in.  But, what I don’t get is, when that “good side” is the only side. Now, I’m not talking Shallow Hal or any of the Real-Housewives-of here, I’m talking homes. One-sided homes — “Facade homes”. The word facade originally comes from the Italian word “facciata,” and is defined as the outside or all of the external faces of a building. The term is now more frequently used to refer just to the main or front face of a house. You all have seen them, mainly in the tract-home-rich subdivisions of the suburbs — the classic stone and dark brick Tudor grand front entry…wrapped around the sides and back in an undescript taupe vinyl, this next to a black-stuttered and white-pillared Southern Colonial with the identical backside treatment as its neighbor. Again, I fully understand. Design and construction complexity. Timeframe. Ease. Maintenance. Cost! Why pay $50 for a bottle of wine when you are perfectly happy sipping the $5 bottle or order a Wagyu & Fontina burger when that Big Mac tickles your taste buds? But, my guess is, since you are here on this website, reading this blog, you subscribe to the former in most cases and get the White Cedar culture — log homes/timber homes/mountain contemporary homes/Adirondack homes/shake-style homes.

It takes all kinds to make this world go ‘round. Everybody has a place. Gallo and Far Niente, McD’s and the French Laundry, the “Local name” Custom Homes…and, of course, Town + Country Cedar Homes

…the complete four-sided home.

Northern Michigan Custom Log Home

Northern Michigan custom log home cliff side

Colorado Log Home Side Porch

Colorado log home side porch

Mountain Contemporary Cedar Home

Mountain contemporary neighbor’s side

Log Home Screened Porch

Mixed media back screened porch

Log Lodge Alleyway

Log lodge “alleyway”

Cover photo by Kevin W., titled “How Builders Take Selfies”…

Cheers! (2018 Far Niente Estate Cab in hand…)

  • I have more questions and concerns about getting an oil-change than I do about this project.

    ~ Tom H.