With a bit of forethought and for no extra cost the flashing should be grey like the masonry and roofing - and it disappears from sight instead of standing out like a sore thumb. You can also see it peeking out below the blue upper gable siding. These are small but important details that tract builders often leave to chance and they ruin an otherwise reasonable design. The porch column bases should be slightly wider - they have a "cone head" effect with the columns above, and the single vertical post above the porch steps is far too skinny and lacks imagination.
We need to start valuing proper design - even if we build 50 houses all the same in a development. With a little planning and some common sense these homes can look so much better.
Rory McDonnell is a General Contractor, Licensed Carpenter and Architectural Designer with Build, a construction firm in Stratford, Ontario, specializing in new custom homes and renovations.