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Old 12-26-2006, 11:20 PM   #1
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Greetings,
This is the front of our house.
In all reality it is the back of the house just built backwards. Why? I would assume the view It sits on 2.2 acres. The front of the house is about 80-100 foot off of the street leaving 400 plus for the back.
Anyway I attached a picture of the house as you are looking at it the left side is the master bath. In the middle was a attrium compleate with plants and a dirt floor. I have since filled it with concreate!!!!! Now that corrogatted fiberglass wich is translucant is pretty on the roof ha!!! this will be a family room on the right is the third bedroom.
I have been going nuts on how to make this look like the front of a house.
I am going to put a gable on the master bath portion and square it up to a 90 degree wall instead of the 45 hip.
Oh yea the septic tank is in front of the bedroom on the right side even thought of adding on there to balance it out.. but that puts a damper on it.
So the only thing I can think of is a dormer or dormers and a covered porch Oh yea the garage is around back just follow the drive all the way around. So before I go and hire a archatect or a designer anyone have any ideas I am STUMPED!!
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Old 12-27-2006, 07:11 AM   #2
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Off the top of my head:

Get rid of that smaller tree positioned in the middle near the entrance. Add a gabled type roof over the entrance and bring it out to create a landing or small porch. Swap out the doors for a proper main entry set....

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Get rid of that smaller tree positioned in the middle near the entrance. Add a gabled type roof over the entrance and bring it out to create a landing or small porch. Swap out the doors for a proper main entry set....
I'll second that
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Get rid of that smaller tree positioned in the middle near the entrance. Add a gabled type roof over the entrance and bring it out to create a landing or small porch. Swap out the doors for a proper main entry set....
That was my first thought also...and maybe add round columns to
define the entry.

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I second everything also. Changing the colour scheme would help, too. The green roof with green walls gives the house no definition. Increasing the size of the windows would help, if possible. If not, maybe make them seem larger with shutters or bigger trim painted a contrasting colour.
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If you want to take it a step further:

Add more windows (and better ones)....especially on the left side.
Get rid of, or go-over that T-111 siding with something nicer. Add some architectural shingles on the roof.
Adding some landscaping is good too.

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I still think adding a gable roof with the porch like idea is the best but to go another step further 3 to 4 feet of brick or rock work from the left side corner of the ensuite to the right side corner of the family room and incorparating it into the porch would be the cats meow.
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Just a few second-guessing thoughts. Maybe you can phase them in.

The idea of an extension and gable end at the center is great since it tells you that this is where to go with your attention..

I don't know if putting a gable end over the bath is good since it will not match the other side of the house and calls attention to the difference. Also costly.

The idea of columns is good. It formalizes the house without being too busy.

If you can increase the size or the appearance of size of the left window, this would tie things together. It could be tough since it is a bathroom, but the layout might permit it somehow.

Adding cutured stone up about 4' or so on both side of the "front" of the house would tie everything together. Even though the left side comes out further, it would not be as noticeable with the attention on the front gable and both sides having the same siding material. White columns and white trim on the windows of both sides would tie things together.
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The idea of columns is good. It formalizes the house without being too busy.
Agree with this 100 %
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Thanks for all the suggestions...
I did find a pic on the net see pic attached. I will add a gabeled roof on the right side.
Here is the question though

Can I just tie in or splice a new ridge board to extend to what I need to create the gable end then add the rafters??
I want to add the porch to and yes I will change the front door and the siding.
I will proabably add vinyl least expensive and easy Although stucco and brick or stone would be the ultimate.
I will be adding a metal roof and dormers as well been reading and researching construction methods and technics..
Need to hire an archatect to design this so all is structurally sound.
I wish I could contract this out but the cost would be more then I could afford..
Thanks again!!
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