There’s a house under construction on Lockwood Road in Riverside that neatly illustrates the Floor Area Requirement’s affect on building design. A builder is not required to build a shallow hip roof, for instance, but when FAR penalizes both the use and height of attics, it encourages their elimination, especially on small lots where living space is at a premium. So this is what we get, and are going to get: mushrooms on steroids. Our local board has yet to assign a name to this style and still limits listing agents to “ranch”, “colonial” or, the best, nondescript term of all, “Euro-Style”. I nominate the term, “Bloomer”, in honor of Franklin Bloomer, the RTM Representative who has been such an advocate for FAR. So here are two Bloomers, one on Lockwood and the other around the corner on Lockwood Lane.