Well we’ve been getting a lot of feedback on the new facade debuted last week. I have also been running it by anyone who will listen to me and provide input as well in my offline life. I also have a meeting with the local neighborhood committee – The East Kensington Neighbors Association – to solicit feedback on the design prior to knocking on doors of the neighbors to introduce the project and seek further feedback before the design is finalized.
As stated before the new facade is the combination of a few factors that all happened within a 24 hour period and the team has not officially discussed the outcome yet.
- I insisted on less window area on the north facade in my sometimes obsessive mission for an affordable, uber-efficient home.
- I suggested a row of low windows to let in the coolest air possible in the summer for passive cooling with a higher than normal row of small windows at the top of the facade to let in light and allow for an unusually large vertical wall to hang artwork or other large things that one might be inclined to position on their walls.
- We decided just after the meeting to nix the bi-level roof in favor of a sloped roof for budget reasons which added another 1.5 feet to the front facade elevation.
- We introduced an entirely new material in the standing seam metal for both roof and facade.
While I don’t necessarily dislike what we have come up with I do agree with everyone’s comments so far and feel there is room for improvement. Below I have assembled a few images of some example directions that we could possibly go in. I have also been contemplating coming up with a few new facade options and letting the readers vote and decide on the final option that we will go with (new blogging and development ideas are popping into my head that I will suppress for now).
I like two things about this house. One, the contrast between the colorful walls and the grey standing seam metal roof. I could see a red, corrugated metal used in substitution for the wooden cladding use in this home. Two, I like the sparse placement of unique and small windows on most of the walls with a few large glass exposures facing the sun.
Some cool examples from Interface Studio’s site
Slim horizontal window placement examples:
Slim vertical window placement examples:
I very much like the ISA examples of slim windows. Possibly by moving each of the high and low window bands closer to each other and adding a horizontal window somewhere, we would have a more inviting facade. Keep the comments coming. I will post more ideas on the issue shortly.
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