INTEGRATING ARCHITECTURAL

CHARACTER IN RECONSTRUCTION,

RENOVATION, AND EXPANSION

The process of planning for reconstruction,

building additions, and major maintenance must

include the evaluation of architectural character

and sustainability.

 

This is the time to reevaluate and update the

original design theme and principles. If the original

design theme was sound, it will endure for decades,

even if some materials and configurations must be

changed. Reconstruction and renovation present

opportunities to restore historic character or to

revise the character consistent with the chapter 4

recommendations. Frequently, this can be achieved

economically with current technology and building

materials. For example, concrete form liners can

be employed to create realistic rock textures.

Other current techniques include wood and stone

veneers, composite timbers, and simulated-wood

concrete shakes for roofing.

 

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