I always watch with interest the changes to buildings around me, and marvel at how some so called design build firms can carry out such misdirected "improvements":
Fake stone has come a long way in the past few years. But it looks faker than fake when you do something like this – put a thin veneer of cultured stone on the face of a wall that cantilevers out from the wall below. Children know that stone is heavy. Stone has to bear on something that can carry its weight – this swath of stone hangs in mid area, defying logic. Lose the stripe of fake stone and this would instantly look a bit better.
Same house, more mistakes. The contractor replaced this window with one that does not match the angle of the roof. Would most people notice? Perhaps not, but add up all the little mistakes and to anyone's eye the entire package just looks off. Using fake stone and fake shaker shingles to fake traditional materials on a contemporary designed house is erroneous design.
A better approach would be to take cues from existing mid-century architecture by embracing a linear, graphic aesthetic rather than the average subdivision build overload of texture that doesn't suit the style. Perhaps, a vertical siding in a broader spacing and a structured pattern of brick (a material readily used in that period) would highlight the minimalism of the existing architecture and create a cohesive appearance.
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.
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