• Features and History of Pueblo Architecture

    Features and History of Pueblo Architecture

    There is an architectural style known as the Pueblo. However, because it seems to have been in extinction, with great efforts being made to revive it, many people refer to it as the Pueblo revival style.

    This style of architecture used to be prevalent in the U.S. Southwest. It has its origin from the Spanish missionaries that lived in Mexico for a very long time. Now, the style in question came to the limelight and witnessed the best of its years in the 20th century. But, it was between the 1920s and 30s that its popularity reached its peak. You will find most of the Pueblo styled houses in New Mexico, though some people who are in love with the style are currently building homes of such style.

    History of the Pueblo Architectural System

    You will witness most of the Pueblo homes in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. Some other western states have these homes, but the New Mexico is known to be in the forefront of its revival. It was an architect known as A. C. Schweinfurth that added some of the features of Pueblo homes in the houses he built in California. The most notable among them is the Mary Elizabeth Jane Collter’s Hopi House that resides in the national park of the Grand Canyon. In the same vein, when Isaac Rapp wanted to construct the Colorado Supply Company warehouse in Morley, Colorado, he drew inspiration from the San Estevan Del Rey Mission Church, and used it as his template

    It was at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque that William G. Tight, who presided over the UNM, chose this style to inspire some of the building projects carried out while he was in office.

    When it was time for him to remodel the Hodgin Hall in 1908, he used it. Before this, the style had been used in building the Estufa and a new heating plant. With this, almost every new building in the university used the Pueblo style, interpreting things the way it came across to them.

    Pueblo architecture was also popular in Santa Fe. Some artists and architects made it the talk of the town from the 1920s to the 1930s. But it was in 1957, that the order to use the old Santa Fe style was given by John Gaw Meem’s committee on Historical Zoning Ordinance. This style involved the Pueblo Spanish, the Old Pueblo, the Spanish Indian style and the Mediterranean type.

    Features of the Pueblo Architectural System

    This is constructed like the traditional Pueblo Adobe houses. Albuquerque roofing contractors familiar with this method of construction told us that in some cases, concrete or bricks may be eliminated. Irregular parapets, rounded corners and bittered thick walls could be used in place of the Adobe and in the bid to stimulate it. The walls get to be pained in earth or nude tones, or in some cases, they are stuccoed. The multistoried styles make use of the stepped massing, as it is in the Taos Pueblo. They come with flat roofs, with wooden roof vigas or beams that are projected out. The roof is normally supported by foundations crated by latillas or the curved beam supports and these come in form of wood stripes or peeled tree branches.

  • Best Ways to Deal with Heavy Snow

    Best Ways to Deal with Heavy Snow

    It’s that time of year again; winter is here, and we all get wrapped up against the cold and carry on as best we can. Except, when there is a heavy snowfall, things can get very difficult – and very annoying! How do you deal with heavy snow? Well, the simple fact is we have to get on with it and cope as best we can, but there are some things that can be done to make life a lot easier, even in the heaviest of snowfalls. Let’s have a look at the best advice for coping with the situation:

    Be Prepared

    If you live in an area that regularly gets heavy falls, be ready for it. Keep a check on the weather forecast, have your tools and other gear handy, and make sure your car is prepared for winter running. It makes sense to anticipate the snow rather than be taken by surprise, and these days we can get pretty accurate forecasts that should help us prepare well in advance.

    Have the Right Tools

    You will need to spend some time shoveling snow out of the way of your car, to clear your driveway, so make sure you have a good, wide shovel that is suitable for shifting heavy snow, and perhaps a spare so you can have two people tackle the job at the same time. It’s a chore, but there’s a way to make things easier and that is to…

    Buy a Snow Thrower

    These great devices are by far the easiest way to shift heavy snow, and they are not expensive at all. In fact, once you find that your snow thrower can clear an area in minutes that would take you much longer with your shovel, you will wonder how you got by with one before. Check out the various available models and you will see just how good these devices are (2018 reviews at Snowblowerguides.com), and get one now so you are ready for the winter months.

    Remember the Roof

    The roof of your house, and other buildings, can be damaged easily if snow is left to settle there, as it can be very heavy indeed. Invest in a good roof rake, one that has a long reach, so you can clear the snow from your roof before it freezes and becomes even more of a problem.

    Take Care

    In addition to being prepared at home, make sure you are when out and about. Ensure you wear warm clothing in anticipation of being caught in the cold and, when in the car, always carry a spade and a fully charged mobile phone, as you never know when the weather may take a turn for the worse.

    Dealing with heavy snow is about knowing what to expect, and if you are properly prepared and well-equipped, even those surprising storms that really do come in very quickly and take over can be dealt with easily and efficiently, so be prepared and get ready – you know the snow is coming soon!

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    The site has just undergone a major overhaul, and will be providing content all about the outdoors! We will cover everything from hunting and fishing tips, tricks and techniques, to outdoor survival guides, equipment reviews and so much more!

    In the next few weeks we are hoping to up our design efforts to make the site look absolutely awesome, and provide a ton of engaging and informative content for you to enjoy. We will also be putting up an about page that discusses the history, legacy, and culture of the Chinookan People. Our contact page will be up soon as well, and we’d love to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to contact us once it is up!

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