Fenestration Faux Pas?
We're planning a major renovation to our house that will convert the existing rectangle to an L-shape, with the new wing running across the front (north face) of the house. The impact on the home's street-face will be pretty significant.
The style of the house has evolved from a flat-roofed brick mid-century modern into a 'Northwest, semi-Craftsman' hybrid with a low-pitched shingle roof and stone replacing the brick, and IMO, the architectural transition has actually gone fairly well. What we're contemplating now is the windows on the front face --
The current structure has NO windows on the front face that won't be replaced by the addition. All of the windows that will remain (located on the east, south and west sides of the house) are relatively new, energy-efficient Pellas, with clad exteriors in a putty shade, no mullions. Most are fairly large casements.
The exterior trim on the house is a dark green-brown that is very similar to Pella's dark bronze color, and we both agree that Pella's dark bronze is a much better color for the overall look we want. He is also willing to repaint the windows on one wall adjacent to the front so they are the same color. Windows in areas that could never be seen together with the bronze windows, no matter where you stand, would remain tan.
But the bigger question has to do with mullions -- The current windows don't have any. We're wondering if it would be an architectural faux pas to have craftsman- or prairie-style mullions on the front wall windows, while not on any of the others. It would certainly move us in a craftsman direction, but I'm hesitant. We both want the renovation to integrate well into the existing...
What do you say?