By Dan Morrison
Well detailed walls push water away from the foundation with trim elements. Flares, frieze boards and foundation water tables aren't there just because they look good. Their job is to protect the house from water.
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They look good because their proportions are well thought out. Rules for proportions were figured out thousands of years ago by Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.
They're worth following.
-- Dan Morrison is managing editor of GreenBuildingAdvisor.com