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Adobe Walls

Author: Nancy Erdmann
Issue: June, 2013, Page 168


Adobe as a building material has long been associated with the desert Southwest, often utilized by indigenous peoples of the Americas. Strong as cement, it absorbs the cool night air in summer and radiates it back into the house during the heat of the day, and vice versa in winter. Characteristic of most adobe homes, the steel-encased windows in this 1935 home in Phoenix are small and recessed, due to the thickness of the walls. Exposed ceiling beams and rough-plaster walls are reminiscent of dwellings dating to this era. To protect the integrity of the adobe and create a simple window treatment, homeowner Kristin Austin-Jacob installed a set of wall hooks that hold a single linen drapery panel. The carved chair underscores the Southwest appeal.
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