The origins of "The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly" began with my frustration with the average subdivision "spec" home... a mish-mashed muddle of misplaced and missing details:
- columns supporting flat soffit (no beams),
- porch posts that are far too thin,
- turrets above garages where there is obviously no living space inside,
- a tiny smattering of "gingerbread" (I hate that word...but that's another tangent),
- "welcome to my garage" facades.
Can we please just build simple, simply adorned, pleasing and symmetrical homes? I want to empower my clients to make solid choices when renovating through education of the building industry. Like so many things in life, we should go back to the origins of the bungalow and keep it simple. Forget the pseudo-Victorian trim tacked up above the porch; give the substantial posts something to support; and make the focus the front entry, NOT the garage! And leave the country farmhouse style screen door at the building center.
Simple, pleasing... please.
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.