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A magical third element for an external facade..
Mark Wright
February 15, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I've been looking at this too long and could use some perspective on a third element to balance the facade of this hilltop holiday home in the whitsundays. The current scheme is tinted render (Linseed) with local timber.. But it just needs something to lift it. Clever Budget friendly options preferred, pictures and feedback welcome.
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You might consider corrugated steel.
February 15, 2013 at 7:23AM   
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Personally I find the overall composition quite interesting and it could get too busy if you introduce another material. Do you have a close-up of the building showing how the materials come together ?
February 15, 2013 at 7:51AM     
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Interiors International, Inc.
I have to agree with Dytecture I love the low slung look that the house has. I would flip to own that home.
February 15, 2013 at 8:01AM     
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Hi Mark,

Dytecture is spot-on. The home is visually interesting enough and doesnt need a third element. Great design btw.

- Steve
February 15, 2013 at 8:43AM     
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Love this house just as it is! It reads very masculine to me, all hard edges.The most budget friendly additions would be creative use of color on the exterior, and perhaps fanciful or whimsical hardscape/landscape elements, so the architecture doesn't take itself too seriously and creates a bit of softness.
February 15, 2013 at 8:47AM     
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Barbara Griffith Designs
This is an incredible design. The lines are perfect. I will say that my eye is drawn to the expanses of the gray. And, maybe, there is just a little too much of it. I would add the same wood feature to the portion of gray in front of the higher middle piece. I would then continue it to the right on the gray portion to the end..BUT using the width of the side support in gray, I would continue that gray width below the wood. In other words, use the width of the side support (maybe it's a foot) continue it up and to the left along the bottom of where it is now. From the top use the wood design down to the portion left gray. This would be a Photoshop idea.
February 15, 2013 at 9:00AM     
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I agree with Dytecture and Interiors International, Inc. the building looks good a few edits and experiments with materials and coloring can get this design to shine. The house looks good.
February 15, 2013 at 10:10AM     
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Ironwood Builders
Mark, I'm just a contractor, usually post about the practical stuff as opposed to the design stuff, but your design is compelling and I have just one comment. If the the center cube of the wood section below and the wood balcony above connected with the same materials...looks to be wood....it will create a vertical break to the gray stucco(?). No additional materials necessary. Don't know if there is any push/pull to that area, but a change of material through the horizontal will intimate that. Value engineering says..the fewer materials and techniques to complete a job, the cheaper the job is to do!
February 15, 2013 at 12:18PM     
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Mark Wright
Thanks for your inputs, I think you're right, less is more.
February 17, 2013 at 5:23AM     
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