Aug 3: agree now that the stairs should be used. They are attractive and also useful given the elevations. Cec & Kathy like this entry, except for the steps. Cec also likes the use of Cedar for the soffits vs. as an entire wall. Would be okay with small wall or section in Cedar but in general I prefer stone and Hardie products for the exterior. We also like limited use of shingles but don’t see how they would integrate with a Modern style??
Breakfast front. Architecturally appealing but doesn’t work for our location, we want to block the wind from the north and have the sun in the east where this wall is. We want the view both ways, north to the ocean and east for the sun ☀️.....Might be looking at it too literally, Generally speaking though you want a sunny/covered sitting area on the North/East corner? The wall could be a post, or smaller, or a column...something has to hold the roof up. The glass wall on the left would be your FP wall with windows on either side taking in the view/morning sun. This area would extend from your covered entry. Just a concept to work off of.
Us: we like this one. We see how the zig-zag or stepped back feature of the top floor rooms is a design feature. It gives views to more of the upper floors which is a good consideration. The width of the facia is good. We like the general massing of the house. We like the outdoor sitting area on the end.
- General massing of water side of house. Raised Livingroom, bumped out dining or breakfast area, 2 story on far right. Us: no to two-storey glass (too boxy). Cecil describes the rooflines as not being strong with that low height of the facia. The bumpout is nice. Want the second storey to be set back with a deck.
- General shapes of roof lines, exterior materilas, modern window designs. Us: would want thinner "mulion" line on the windows so view to the outside is improved from inside the rooms. Kathy's eye is untrained to the butterfly shape; Cecil is okay with a mixture of flat roofline and gentle slopes.
Us: like the lighter hardiplank with the cedar. Kathy likes the window arrangement on the top level. Seems more like a solution for a city lot?
- Mix of sloped and Warm exterior materials and colours. Us: nothing much here we like due to the peak roof and post holding the entrance roof up. Lighter colours are good, just not this taupe.
- Mix of roof slopes. Low slope, sheds and hips. Materials are warm.Us: Cecil likes everything about this one: mixture of roof lines that are cohesive in their sense of being closely connected. He likes the strength in stone. He likes the metal roof. Kathy wonders about the cost of all this.
- Mix of roof lines, warm materials. Us: yes to warm materials with much less wood than shown here. Needs some stone. No to the peak rooflines. Like how the garage is two colours and one side is set back for interest.
Us: like the lighter, brighter vibe and how the beige stacks are in harminy.Noticing that the gutters show up against the "wood" soffit. Cecil likes the corner windows but Kathy wonders if they are needed. Like a place by the front door for a sitting nook/ design element.
- Different roof concept. Not 3 stories. Us: not feeling it.
Us: we keep coming back to this look with strong fascia. Sense is that there needs to be less stone and more wood. The row of 3ft windows to the left should be larger windows. Maybe the sliding door and side window arrangement you discussed?
Us: warm and inviting. Would not want the kitchen to be closed off this way with the row of cupboards blocking the entrance to adjoining room.
Us: not going in this direction - too disjointed as it's not quite modern, not quite farmhouse? Would look for a simpler, landscaping solution.
- Breakfast bar looking out to water. Us: storage is good, too bright to use an iPad here and where do we put our feet up?
- Covered Area on pool side. Us: a little too high, 9 ft is lots. Would not be putting in an outdoor kitchen. Thinking that we would not put in an overhead fan.
Us: Beautiful. Cecil likes the outdoor fireplace. Kathy thinks it's too open a space but would consider it if we won the lottery.
Us: nothing here for Cecil. Distracted by the black gutter and weak stairs. Kathy likes drywall under the front window and how the brick wall on the garage does not go all the way up on the one wall. Also, the vertical brick wall is more of a size that works for Kathy, could be chunkier.
Us: like the windows being surrounded by white wall. Like the facia height. Like the deck set back for: exterior interest, privacy and shelter from the wind when we're out on front deck.
Us: like the entrance, concrete planter.
Us: garage is not congruent with the house. Rock wall with street numbers stops the eye so the house has more privacy. The massive grey wall is fine for Cecil but Kathy finds it too modern and heavy.
Us: needs to be wider on the entrance. Kathy likes the windows shown on the room to the right not being floor to ceiling.
Like it. Note: curtains used for this type of window. I have only seen pleated shades, drapes and roman blinds used with black windows. Budget concerns for these.
Interior courtyard as an approach to the front door - thinking about it.
Us: many of the features work here: set back of 2nd storey, height of the facia. We learned about the magnitude of support needed to carry the weight of this size of rock wall, especially inside the house.
Us: pluses are the interesting garage, nice use of stone, low pitch of shed roof.
Us: pretty good! Change grey wall to white. Like the shapes and variety windows.
Us: a touch too modern for the neighbourhood. Does the extended concrete wall represent where our garage might be placed?
Us: stunning. Like the offset, but still in sight, dining room.
Us: stairway needs to be closed in - have to pass on the spine look for safety concerns (grandchildren and grandparents). Not understanding why the dining room is in this location.
Us: the trees are softening the heavy look here. Is the rock divider needed beside the garage door?
Like the top floor
Us: not too appealing - lacking in elegance and symmetry and excessive in wood. Considering the use of a second story balcony on ocean side of house.
Like it, especially the connection to the covered patio
Us: middle section is out of balance in it's height. Not looking elegant.
Like it, take one half of it! The wooden beams under the soffit are not our taste.
Us: love the right corner with the smaller high windows. The concrete slab running through the middle of house - does it have a purpose because esthetically it looks too heavy.
Cec likes the stone and roofline but looks like a summer cottage. Kathy sees it as over-sized in building mass so then has lost it's potential charm.
Cec likes it for having lots of windows
Too large. Don't like the curved roof
Cec likes a number of the design details but thinks the roofline needed to be a flatter, low slope shed line. Kathy likes the judicious use of windows and greater use of walls (in comparison to many of the other photos). Feels right to Kathy, except for the randomn cube there.
Us: roof lines are too flat, too modern
Us: the pop-up roof is too large for the scale of the home. Not the right style for the property as it may be too modern to fit into the neighbourhood.