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This is a lovely little development in Denton Gardens East Cowes, known locally and effectionatly as the 'Gullwing house' named aptly because the kitchen stands in an extension which makes the house look like a seagul holding its wing open.

The problems start when we look at its **** end. For some reasons unknown who ever built this house didn't require the use or plumb lines, set squares or even drawings for that matter.

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Cutting those tiles in must have been a painstaking affrair.

Not only that the next two images shows you the 'close knit' relationship between the end wall and the roof gable end.

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Here we see the wall flat on, but look at the roof. Is this some sort of optical illusion? Surely the roof should line up too?

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Here we look as if the roof is the correct part, oh but it throws the end wall out at an angle. Which is right, I don't think the builder would know either!

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Because the front door was put in the wrong area and on the wrong road, a road which is restricted to open plan building, the fence had to be ripped out much to the annoyance to the buyer at the time. He came up with the brilliant idea to plant large shurbs close to the house and over the windows to ensure his privacy. Hence shortly after his purchase had a heart attack.

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Once these get bigger, I can see he will be gutterless in a strong wind.

Overall not the best! Quite horrendious in reality photos always show things to be better than they really are. It's already looking quite tatty and no-ones lived in it yet. The decieving angles will leave anyone dizzy over time. Trying to locate a 112 degree corner cabinet might be tricky these days. It's just odd very odd.

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it's because as picture 3 shows - that that wall corner angle is greater than 90 degrees.

I agree though - it makes one's eyes melt.

Why would anyone in their right mind design a house like this when everything is geared up for 90 degree angles, to me it smells of a f*ck up, there is no good reason for it.

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Why would anyone in their right mind design a house like this when everything is geared up for 90 degree angles, to me it smells of a f*ck up, there is no good reason for it.

I believe it's called 'pushing the envelope' - or the medical term - 'myopia'.

Architects are, in the main, idiots - there is no functional consideration to anything they do - everything is about form. There are some famous examples of sh!te architecutury - hospitals with missing departments because they didn't want them on the plans as it would have ruined the symmetry of the building and emergency /A&E on the 2nd floor - that sort of thing.

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This is a lovely little development in Denton Gardens East Cowes, known locally and effectionatly as the 'Gullwing house' named aptly because the kitchen stands in an extension which makes the house look like a seagul holding its wing open.

I don't see a problem with the trapezoidal roof tiles. Most of them needed cutting anyway, and there may well be a good reason for having a roof like that?

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Small cuts on a verge are always a bad idea, usually a sign of sloppy work by the roofer. Better to use a tile & and half and cut that. A dry verge would disguise the cuts a bit but many of dry verge systems are ugly anyway.

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According to the lady who lives next door the timber framed structure was erected the wrong way round leaving the front door in the wrong road. Every corner brick on all corners of the house had to be cut with a band saw and filed to make it look like the corner bricks were whole bricks instead of two separate bricks.

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According to the lady who lives next door the timber framed structure was erected the wrong way round leaving the front door in the wrong road. Every corner brick on all corners of the house had to be cut with a band saw and filed to make it look like the corner bricks were whole bricks instead of two separate bricks.

Standard practice today. Victorian times the brick manufacture would have made squint bricks in the most common angles. Squint bricks are still sometimes made today. But are very expensive.

The problem is architects do some strange things. With obscure angles so a pallet of the brick are sent away, you stipulate the angle, the bricks are cut on a wet saw and glued together and sent back to the site. Much cheaper than squint bricks. Another method used is a 'birds mouth' corner, this looks cheap and is only normally used on boundary walls, but ive seen it done on many home extensions.

Regards the OP post. It seems the roof is a different size at the fascia & soffit from the ridge. So the tiler had no choice in the matter, whether it was the architect or a f*ck up is hard to tell. But judging by the difference it's hard to put it down to a mistake.

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