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New house elevations

Posted by willietom (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 13, 14 at 14:42

nicke360 WANTED...opinions. What do you like. What would you change?

This post was edited by willietom on Sun, Jul 13, 14 at 22:29


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Way too complicated roof. Is there a floor plan to go with these elevations?


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Floor plan


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A simpler roof would be my preference as well. What would you do?


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Too many different windows that scale inappropriately. Too many gables. Too many gewgaws entirely like those silly little mini rooflets over the garage doors. A mix of eave detailing that makes no sense. I'd bet that the kitchen sink is thrown onto that exterior somewhere because everthing else was.


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Revised exterior #2

This post was edited by willietom on Mon, Jul 14, 14 at 22:07


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Thanks hollysprings. I agree with you. By the way, the kitchen sink is on the roof in back. :)


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I'm thinking loose the awnings. What would help this look more like a farm house?

This post was edited by willietom on Mon, Jul 14, 14 at 13:20


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You'd need a completely different floorplan to make this look like a farmhouse. This is NeoEcclecticism at it's most inauthentic.

For a classic farmhouse design, I'd do the garage as barn, with gambrell roof and then the center as an old fashioned longer than deep plain jane 2 story rectangle with a shed roof porch on 2-3 sides.


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Original elevation.
Ok, I need to give up on the farmhouse look. I love the floor plan as it is. Would probably have to change it radically to achieve that look.
So....too many gables, which should we loose?

This post was edited by willietom on Mon, Jul 14, 14 at 20:14


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The floor plan and the exterior need to be developed together. If you wanted a country feel, that should have been taken into account when the floor plans were drawn up.

Also, don't know what you consider a "country feel".


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You got that right dekeoboe!
I know someone with this floor plan and chose it first. Wish I had known.
I did post something just before your comment. Look above.


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I do like your idea to make it look like a farmhouse. It's awesome idea!!! I agree with other commentators though about gables.. I would suggest get rid with some of the gables. I think it would be best. Other than that.. I love it!


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If you are set on not touching the floor plan much at all, I'd consider your best bet being to simplify by doing a few changes: Pull the window above the front door forward and combine the "gable within gable" to be just the larger gable. Turn the dormer above the dining room into one with a shed roof instead of a gable roof. Square-out the garage by removing the bump-out on the side wall and making a gable above it instead of the hip roof, and square out the front by making a continuous wall with three separate garage doors, either keeping the gable above or switching it out for two shed dormers. Definitely remove the awning-like structures. I'd also remove the gable of the porch above the front door, as you can bring prominence to it through the columns and landscaping. Simpler shapes with better materials will give the house enough character, the overly complex details are unnecessary. Good luck!


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mvjc which elevation are you referring to. Thank you so much for your insight!


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2nd Level


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I didn't see the revised version which included a couple of my comments! In any case, here's a sketch of what I was suggesting, which the only finished space that should be effected is the upstairs bath. You could bring it forward, have a slightly larger vanity, and included the linen closet inside the bathroom. Perhaps turn the current linen closet into bookshelves, a regular closet, or access to storage in the attic spaces.

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mvjc, You're the best! I can't tell you how helpful this is!!


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Garden Web Challenge
Can anyone top mvjc


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If you've got the space, separate the garage from the main house with a breezeway or enclosed porch to make it look more country. mvjc did a great job. Can anything be done to eliminate that top bump in the roofline...it makes it look so bad vs a straight roofline. And the transom over the big window doesn't fit the rest of the facade.

I agree about designing in and out at the same time. It is essential ... harder to do, but essential ... to getting a house that's cohesive and attractive, inside and out. To us, it was so important that we ripped up dozens of plans because we couldn't fit a decent exterior to it. It was well worth the effort.


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We have an acreage and I like breezeway, but spouse doesn't. Yes, changing that window is definitely in my plan along with the front door and garage doors. Just haven't gotten that far yet. Like you , I'm all about changing the roof but it has to work with the foot print.


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I'm trying too hard to make this something it can't be. Soo...Back to square one? Remove awnings, change window to right of front door.

This post was edited by willietom on Tue, Jul 15, 14 at 18:14


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I don't like it, something just seems off with the roof on the bottom of the house.......


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