How to Construct a House that Will Stand the Test of Time.
The circuitous route was described by tradition in the construction arts. Put utility first, and you lose it, as Sir Roger Scruton once famously said. Put beauty first, and your work will always be valuable. It turns out that nothing is more useful than useless. This statement is so blatantly accurate that it almost borders on comedy to us modern individuals.
Rule #1: Use only timeless materials.
Rule #2: Use only conventional methods
Rule #3: A building should provide shelter and nourishment