We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming

Function is at it again,  Messing up my plans, uglifying things.

Here's the deal.  This is our house.

Simple, clean-lined, modern.  Not at all what I thought we would end up with, but I love it.

Last night, we had flash flooding, and copious amounts of water came in to our (thankfully unfinished) basement, for the second time in two weeks.  This happened once before, RIGHT before we closed on the house, and the previous owners put covers on the window wells on the problem side of the house, and paid us to install gutters.

Which, in the end, we didn't do.  Because look at the corners of this house!

No overhang, no nothing.

Gutters will be an eyesore.  I do not believe I am being dramatic: they will simply ruin the line of the house.

But obviously we can't get out the shop vacs every time it storms, and cross our fingers against mildew and mold.

I'm curious if anyone out there has any magical solutions for me?  (pretty please?)

I'm also curious: how far have you gone (or not gone, as the case may be) in favor of aesthetics over function?

Heather Peterson