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Repetition of Key Words and Phrases The ability to connect ideas by means of repetition of key words and phrases sometimes meets a natural resistance based on the fear of being repetitive. We've been trained to loathe redundancy. Now we must learn that catching a word or phrase that's important to a reader's comprehension of a piece and replaying that word or phrase creates a musical motif in that reader's head. Unless it is overworked and obtrusive, repetition lends itself to a sense of coherence (or at least to the illusion of coherence). Remember Lincoln's advice:
The homeowners had spent years under the guidance of a landscape architect selectively editing and revealing the natural features of the property, so that when the conversation about the architecture started, the homeowners were well attuned to the site. This knowledge and intimacy guided the house design with the final result being an outgrowth of the knoll on which it sits. A long gabled volume perches on top of the knoll and faces meadows to the west. Arranged to take best advantage of the topography and maximize connection to the outdoors, each space is uniquely shaped to its surrounding and function. Exterior materials and larges windows and doors were chosen to merge the house with the natural environment. The play between solid surfaces and glazing, wall and void, light and dark helped create dynamic interplay between indoors and outside. Inside, monochromatic walls provide an illusion of much larger spaces. Because the views and interaction of indoors to out was a primary focus of the design, some traditional elements such as the upper cabinet storage were reconsidered. A large walk-in pantry was built to house the refrigerator, dishes, appliances, and food. A pared-down approach to finishes and geometry was budget friendly and helped to maintain a consistent design framework.