Every house worth considering as a work of art must have a grammar of its own. “Grammar,” in this sense, means the same thing in any construction—whether it be of words or of stone or wood. Taking photography, I have my own type of “grammar” that I am following with each and every single shot I take. It is the shape-relationship between the various elements that enter into the constitution of the thing. The “grammar” of the house is its manifest articulation of all its parts. This will be the “speech” it uses. To be achieved, construction must be grammatical. Your limitations of feeling about what you are doing, your choice of materials for the doing determine largely what grammar your building will use. It is largely inhibited or expanded by the amount of money you have to spend, a feature only of the latitude you have. When the chosen grammar is finally adopted you go almost indefinitely with it into everything you do walls, ceilings, furniture, etc., become inspired by it. Every-thing has a related articulation in relation to the whole and all belongs together; looks well together because all together are speaking the same language. If one part of your house spoke Choctaw, another French, another English, and another some sort of gibberish, you would have what you mostly have now—not a very beautiful result. Thus, when you do adopt the “grammar” of your house—it will be the way the house is to be “spoken,” “uttered.” You must be consistently grammatical for it to be understood as a work of Art. Consistency in grammar is therefore the property—solely—-of a well-developed artist-architect. Without that property of the artist-architect not much can be done about your abode as a work of Art. Grammar is no property for the usual owner or the occupant of the house. But the man who designs the house must, inevitably, speak a consistent thought -language in his design. It properly may be and should be a language of his own if appropriate. If he has no language, so no grammar, of his own, he must adopt one; he will speak some language or other whether he so chooses or not. It will usually be some kind of argot.
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– Marsha | Aeropean Photography