This is a continuing series by author and architect Duo Dickinson, as he shares common-sense thoughts on Swamp Yankee Green.
Whether the sun beats on your siding and degrades it, or streams into your room in the summer and bakes it, or rain runs down the walls and finds places to rest and rot, or the snow falls off and lays up against walls to slowly melt into your home — the more you hold nature at arm's length by having your roof overhang your walls the better for your building, both long and short term.
Duo Dickinson has been an architect for over 30 years and received over 30 awards. His work has been published in over 70 national publications. Mr. Dickinson’s latest book is Staying Put. He is the architecture critic for the New Haven Register, and writes for Design Bureau, A.B., New Haven Magazine, and his own blog, Saved By Design. He has taught at Yale, Roger Williams and Harvard GSD Summer Program.