I had had enough of the built-in gutter swales that is traditional on MCM homes. I decided I wanted the rain water to sheet right off the roof into fascia gutters. Since the gutters are on the east and west side of the home and are not visible from the street, they’d have no impact on MCM nature of the house. One contractor really didn’t want to go with the fascia gutters but offered to enhance the directional flow of the rain water with crickets or standing seams in the roof material. He was also less inclined to repair the portions of the roof that had been cut away previously to remove dry rot sections. By contrast, the other roof contractor had no problems with correcting the cut out portions and adding full fascia gutters into the re-roof project. My gut feeling was that both the contractors would do an admirable job of re-roofing our house, but we went with the company that had no objection to installing the fascia gutters.
Five years after our kitchen remodel with bamboo cabinets I thought it would be a good time to see if our decisions, clouded with the marketing hype of cool products and designs, withstood the test of time.
The post war boom and reinvention of America with mid century modern architecture is most evident in the Bugs’ cartoon Long – Haired Hare in 1949.