Elevation feedback please
Hi all - This is our first draft of the elevation with the architect. The house is a one-story house that will sit far from the road, so we want the house to have some height to it. The color version below is the one Summerfield helped us with, but with current dimensions and ceiling heights, our architect says it is not really possible to get a taller triangle in the center of the hip roof. We want room for a walk-up attic space, so I think this is making the roof higher.
As you can probably tell, we are interested in symmetry and would like very traditional lines. I don't know what "style" we are looking for or how one would define this style, but I guess that is irrelevant as long as we get a cohesive look.
We will not use the transoms as drawn... I would like tall double hung windows. I also do not like the squared off look of the elliptical arch over the front door. I cannot tell what the height of the front door is in this pic, but I am planning a 8' door here since the center front part of the house has 12' ceilings. The remainder of the home has 10' ceilings. The vents on the front will be a different shape as well - more like Summerfield's pic.
We will likely do coin (spelling?) corners on each side below the gable roof. I may also do a key in the center of each arch.
My husband feels that the house looks "squatty" and univiting at this point with too much roof/shingle, but he thinks making the front porch wider so it would have a more prominent triangle (gable) would work. I am not so sure about this.
Please give me any advice you think might work. I would love to hear from Renovator 8 if you're out there. :) THanks in advance everyone!
Our architect's elevation:
Summerfield's version - easier to visualize because the colors are similar to what we are looking to do.