Hierarchical building.


  • Folkways, natural shelters.
  • Organized building.

The two main classes of human-produced structures can first be divided by two major classes. Organized building is any structure that is not natural shelter or folkways. Be that structure in the city or country, intended for peace or war.

Of these organized building class of structures, they are identified by having organized units, assembled to make the whole.

Trad List Updates

Folks, it’s been a tough recovery but I’m getting back into some edits on the site here, as well as a new project in Saint Louis! I’ll have some photos from the site survey and measured drawings soon.

In the meantime I’ll be adding some new contractors to the trad list after spending some time looking over their portfolios…

Here are the additions for 2022. The seaming and permanent roofing community in North America keeps growing!

Custom Copper & Zinc

Durham NC

Cold Hollow Contracting


Proconstruc Inc

Unikorn Construction

Richmond Slate Repair

3d models of box gutters

often, people never see these structures up close in this stage unless they are brave enough to scale 2 stories of scaffold or ladder and stand on narrow planks. this is the box gutter or built-in gutter without sheeting. of course these follow many different framing patterns but this encapsulates the common elements of doric style entablature, and gothic or craftsmen, with square fascia, pitched soffit, etc.

simple box gutter with roof decking and gutter boards removed. the fascia is nailed up first to align all of the lookouts. once the fascia is aligned, and nailed all the lookouts are nailed into final position.
here with the “shelf” and crown molding added next. the trough is ready for pitching and gutter board.
an alternate arrangement for gable-end, showing a “yankee” gutter which is on the roof deck rather than a separate gutter on lookouts.

Home from Cincy

Folks, what a tour it’s been. I lost a set of drawings, a whole bag of laundry. Did some great training and site work with HKC in Cincinatti and then I have 2 days before heading back to Titusville to finish the inscription.

Tomorrow I’ll get some photos from the trip up on the site.

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