A new residence located in Lewes, Delaware. The owners came to me with a 4 different plans from the internet and wanted them merged into one house. After a lot of back and forth, we settled on this house with an extraordinary great room and a lot of curb appeal.
This house started with a set of house plans and my suggestion to add a dormer to the front for light and air, which they loved and asked me to make it a tower to allow windows all around.
This idea made me nervous and we had to have discussions about how to place and dress up the garage, so we started doing renderings which are more realistic than elevations, especially for people who
may not be great a reading plans
The first round, we kept the tower in all three options , but moved the garage forward and back and tried different elements to make it look more like part of the house. It was agreed that the tower wasn’t the best option and it was downgraded to a dormer on the front and the back, which was still tower-like inside (the great room ended up a roughly 20′ vaulted cube) The first option was a side loaded garage with a pergola across the front so it wasn’t just a blank wall. The second option was to install columns across the front to break up the massing and give it some color and relief. The last option was to build a covered walkway with an open framework to bring in some shadows and hide the mass. Eventually the owners got a variance from the subdivision to have a front loaded garage since their lot was narrower than average, and we broke the walls up and included a pergola for the aesthetics.
The second round of renders had narrowed it down pretty close and the final renderings tied down the final look of the house, at a massing level which is pretty similar to what ended up built.