Exterior house plans

Posted on Tue, 3 May 2011 by KiM

Things are moving along with the plans for my house – and on Sunday night I was ecstatic to find an email from designers Dylan and Thu (of Vok Design Group) with their ideas for the exterior. (For a recap, check out this post of the interior plans). Before I show you their mock-ups of the exterior, I snapped some quick pics of the exterior yesterday evening when I realized I had no decent photos (probably because the exterior is slightly embarassing it’s so freaking ugly and boring) that I should share.

BLEH. So uninspiring. Wait until you see this….

Here are some details regarding the materials etc.:

* dark stained lap siding or a painted hardi board lap siding, with a grey stucco above divided by a darker stucco band
* fascia and canopy are clad in a dark aluminum to match the stained siding
* windows are shown as an anodized aluminum finish
* between the front façade windows is an aluminum paneling detail in the anodized aluminum which will give the impression of one large window (similar detail on the corner windows in the new addition)
* corner windows have been set back into the wall to really emphasize the corner window detail
* door is a solid wood door with a v-groove profile
* western red cedar in a clear stain for the soffit beneath the entrance canopy and the accent pieces on the right corner as well as on between the windows on the front façade (square cut with a ½” space between the boards to create a ‘reveal’ affect in the cedar)
* for the roofline on the addition, we have come off the existing fascia line and made the peak towards the back of the home, keeping the top of the new peak in line with the existing peak and mimicking the low roof slope on the original home

So what do you guys think? We’re meeting with the designers and hopefully our architect on Thursday so feedback would be appreciated. πŸ™‚

Tom says:

Makes sense.

I saw this ( link below) and thought it would be perfect but I guess not with snow and a peaked roof.

It will look amazing either way, I was just giving my opinion πŸ™‚

Beautiful long skinny home with a roof top deck and great windows to light up your home without worrying about the neighbors. LINK: http://superkul.ca/projects/40-r-laneway-house

Cathy says:

Now THAT'S a house that doesn't fit in with the neighbourhood. Extreme. Not my taste Tom, though you surely like it.

Tom says:

Cathy I only posted the link to show the possibilities of a roof top deck and alternative ways to bring light into the house.
I was not trying to say this is a better look for Kim.
Kim here is a pic of a beautiful home similar in design to yours with an awning with the cables.
Notice the roof lines in this type of architecture are usually straight lines.
Using boxy to describe modern architecture is kind of strange, but oh well I won't worry about that πŸ˜‰
This will be my last post regarding your beautiful new home.
I will now sit back and watch the transformation silently with the rest of the readers.

Link: http://superkul.ca/projects/split-house

Helen says:

Your home is going to be so beautiful. Please post lots of pictures along the way so we can follow your progress. Personally, I like the peaked roof.

AMR says:

I looked at the plans for a long time Kim…thinking (critical me, you see)….and all I can say is: it looks fantastic.
I love the corner windows and (big time) the windows around your front door. All that light you will have! Very affecting inside.
It looks beautiful – nice work Dylan & Thu.
May all the necessary suppliers now come forward with their superb (but free! or, O.K. I'll be reasonable, at cost) materials wanting to work with you.
Best wishes with the project.

Look. A window for every cat! πŸ™‚

yikes! says:

Not visit with the neighbours? "If I'm going to spend any time outside I'd rather it be in the backyard with the cats all tied up on their harnesses. :)" So you are going to spend $$$ for your dream remodel in a community where you will be virtually arms length from neighbours you don't care to be friendly with? Yikes! Please tell me I'm reading you wrong…

Kristian says:

Wow – removing every nearby home was an excellent design decision!

Seriously though, I love it πŸ™‚ Quite the rebuild! What structural elements will be kept from the old house?

Nacho says:

ItΒ΄s a really nice house. Love the materials, the simplicity of the structure and those amazing windows!! . IΒ΄m a big follower of your site. Congrats and regards from Valencia (Spain)

KiM says:

If chillin' with my neighbours was a priority I'd move to a townhouse in the burbs where you have 800 neighbours all up in your biz.
Kristian, the old house will only get a new exterior and the second floor will be reworked to make more cohesive spaces with the new second floor.

lsaspacey says:

I have to admit I'm kind of surprised at this design. Not about the modern part but more about how dark and severe it looks. I just would have expected you to use a lighter siding and paint color. I love the chocolate colored wood you are using but I just think the house could look friendlier in some combination other than black and charcoal.

It also looks massive which I know isn't accurate because of how your current house looks on the same lot. I think it would be great if your architects also showed you the house more realistically by showing your neighbors in the sketch to give a more accurate view of the scale and its relationship to the other homes. This, of course, is just my opinion. I always love what you do on the interior so I'll probably love this too. Good luck!

lsaspacey

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