What Style Is It?

The house below was recently enlarged and re-styled to the extent that the original house is hardly perceptible.  Originally a one-story house of modest construction and vernacular styling, the house today serves as a showcase for various effects which can be created with synthetic stucco finishes.  The first photo below shows the side of the house prior to its transformation:

 

To the right of the enclosed front porch may be seen a concrete stoop with curved steps.  It is all of its past that is readily identifiable today.  Image courtesy Google Street View.

 

A large two-story addition, including a garage, was attached to the original house.  While a synthetic stucco finish attempted to unify the two sections, the end result is anything but unified.  Competing roof pitches add disharmony as do the various types of windows, doors and frames:

 

The addition, with two-car garage, is considerably larger than the original house.

 

The main facade has three fully arched windows – one of which is styled differently from the others.  The entry door frame is segmentally arched, the garage doors have flattened Tudor arches while a secondary doorway features a door frame which has a hybrid segmental/flattened Tudor arch.  A small protrusion over the entry – sort of like a pent roof only smaller – serves no purpose other than to crop into both the door and window frames and create an awkward transition to the roofline of the addition.

 

A better view of the various inconsistencies.

 

Another roof issue:

 

Bright metal flashing doesn’t help to hide this awkward roof junction (dark brown would be a better choice).  The only way to “fix” the problem would be to extend the eaves at left out to meet the projecting one at right.  The fanlight glazing of the door is at odds with the more shallow arch of the frame above it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to What Style Is It?

  1. The multiple front doors of very different style, and mismatched Palladian windows (the lower one which collides with the frieze above) really clash.

    There are hints of an attempt at architectural distinction and detail, with the Moorish arches, but unfortunately, they’re poorly proportioned and arranged.

    Overall, it’s really not that much more disjointed and poorly-proportioned than a lot of new-build houses these days. Unfortunately, that’s sad.

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