Sunday, 20 May 2007

Will the snow slide off this roof?


In little more than 200 years, Australia has grown from its humble origins to become a vibrant nation of cosmopolitan cities. We have European style homes dating back to the 19th Century as well as contemporary architecture in current residential design.

House designs reflect the changing social patterns in Australian history and can be glimpsed by observing house styles throughout the country.

This very expansive home in the hills of Adelaide looks as though it has been around for over 100 years. It was completed recently and will possibly see snow, maybe once or twice in it's lifetime.

15 comments:

calusarus said...

Even if winter is coming in the "Down Under Country", do you think you'll have a lot of snow ?

Besides, I like this photo.

M.Benaut said...

Bonjour Calusarus,
Il est beaucoup agréable que vous visitiez mon Blog, ici à Adelaïde. Il est également merveilleux que j'aie été à Valence, en 1998. Dans notre climat nous voyons très rarement n'importe quelle neige. Parfois nous pouvons avoir un petit peu de la neige sur Mount Lofty. Cette montagne est de seulement 710 mètres de haut.
S'il se produit n'importe quel un peu de la neige, je me dépêcherai jusqu au dessus, pour prendre une photographie d'elle pour vous. Vraiment, nous ne voyons jamais cette substance blanche. Vous êtes très bienvenu dans "The Land Down Under".

lv2scpbk said...

Nice photo. I liked reading about it.

Kate said...

Blogging is more than just taking pictures...love the history that often is posted along with the photos. This is indeed a lovely building, home to someone who is vey lucky. I love your new avatar. How old is the babe?

alice said...

THis one is really...big. After, it's "une affaire de goût"!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I wish I could afford a house as nice as this one in your country. If I could afford to buy it and live there then it wouldn't matter to me if the snow slid off the roof or stayed on it. I would enjoy the warmth and comfort of the heat in the house.

I just cannot imageine living in such a large house as this one your photographed and posted today. The views must be stunning.

PS:
I can't see any chimneys. I guess they don't have a fireplace.

M.Benaut said...

Lv2scpbk,
Thank you, it was obviously a very substantial investment. Perhaps a follow-up photo in a year's time.

Kate,
Thank you too.
William is eight months old today.

Alice,
We say in English that, "their taste is in their boots". In this case the results are fairly true to the tradition that they are copying. For that reason, this house is a fairly faithful reproduction of an earlier style, a Victorian era residence.

Monsieur le Président,
Perhaps the large acreage would have cost $1m. and the house about the same. I'll give it some thought and snoop around on that one.
Over here, thesedays, houses are installing radiant heating more and more. I find that reverse cycle airconditioning is becoming a thing of the past. We have an open fire which we use all the time, because there is enough timber everywhere. The chainsaw is working most weekends.

Lothiane said...

It's a lovely building! The roof looks like what you would find here in Norway. The building is different. Usually houses are made of wood here. It's a good thing to have a roof where the snow will glide off, or else you'd soon have all the snow (and the roof) inside your house. ;) That's why you seldon find flat roofs here.

I love this house, wish I could live there! :)

Greetings from
Oslo, Norway

M.Benaut said...

Lothiane,
It's very nice to welcome you here to Adelaide. Oslo is certainly very far from here.
We really don't ever have snow in Adelaide.
The roof designs of typical Victorian era homes, derive from Great Britain and the climate that our early settlers left behind. However, these roofs look elegant and substantial.
We like to joke here, and say that both the snow and Santa Claus will fall off these steeply pitched roofs. The roof on my own home is pitched at 45 degrees but even that can not tempt any snow to fall on it !!

freelancer said...

Hi M.benaut !
Very nice house !
It's mine ... :)

M.Benaut said...

Bonjour M. Freelancer et Romain,
J'achèterai encore plus de peinture et écrirai votre nom sur la porte. Je l'appellerai, "Villa Romain", oui?

Martel said...

Thank you for your passage on my blog. Beautiful photograph, this house is superb.

My blog photographs one Martel

M.Benaut said...

Martel,
It certainly is very large, and very expensive also.

lynn said...

hmmm i can't decide between this gorgeous home or the one you posted a few days ago.. Perhaps i'll just take them both.

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