A following for eccentric Moody cottages
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( Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times )
A winding hedge leads from the house back to the street. Builders today couldn't reproduce Moody cottages even if they wanted to; low headroom, narrow stairways and other eccentricities would run afoul of building codes, says Brian Hofer, an architect and past president of the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara. He once rented a Moody cottage for about a year. He says the homes may be inefficient, but that's the point. Moody cottages, Hofer says, make "the efficient house look kind of boring."
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