I have uploaded a preliminary draft of an elevation for a new home that goes with a 3-story floor plan that I have chosen to build. I would like for you to review the elevation and make improvements and refinements to it that address our concerns posted below. Please return detailed elevation drawings (3-D drawings are a bonus, color is a bonus) of your tweaked elevation.
The house we are building will be made of brick (either painted or unpainted) and a composition roof. Please work on the following:
1) Third floor window: The third floor window appears heavy as compared to the rest of the house. Please tweak and change accordingly, but leave a window in this location.
2) Gable vent: The gable vent appears to be a faux arched window with closed shutters and a keystone--is there a better or prettier choice or should it be removed or left the same?
3) Roof lines (right side by chimney, center break left of porch, left side): The roof-line is angled on the right side towards the chimney at a much shallower angle than the steep left side. The left side is steep to accommodate the third floor bedroom on that side, but perhaps the roof lines in general can be tweaked and made more appealing, while retaining the third floor bedroom on the left side? More roof observations: The flair at the bottom of the left side of the roof seems awkward--can you improve it? The roof line that runs vertically from the left side of the porch seems harsh. Can this be improved or sloped?
4) Front porch offset: The front door is offset to accommodate the lamp, is there an improvement here? Or perhaps the front porch should remain as is? As per the floor plan, the middle offset runs 8' wide.
5) Window sizes and shapes: Tweak the size or proportions or mullions of the four large square windows if appropriate as long as you do not add to their cost (e.g. arched windows are more expensive). Perhaps the two large square windows on the second floor should be aligned?
6) Suggest colors for the brick (and whether painted or unpainted), roof, gable vent if any, and windows.
7) Suggest a front door design that provides privacy but is still aesthetically pleasing.
We have mentioned things about this elevation that catch our eye and may or may not have room for improvement. While we like this elevation overall, details are important, and the plan that makes these tweaks and depicts the new final elevation in a clear and compelling manner will win.
It can be hard to visualize some aspects of the elevation, in particular as it pertains to the roof lines. We would prefer to see 3-D drawings or renderings in color to really visualize what this house will look like. Remember the house materials will be brick and a composition roof.