Probably something that is too detailed for you to indicate, but I used to go to people's houses in LI, NY and there were these brick walkway and front stoops leading up to the person's house, specifically in Plainview, that I think would really go well with this house or some house like it in the future. They were made in the late 1900's early 2000's that I can recall seeing, but the look was opulent without doing too much and yet also looked like they were a through back from a bygone era.
If the walk had a stoop, then the tread had either a bullnose or eased edge for the nosing, and the sides of the walkway were bordered with either a single stepped up brick, or a brick that was set at an angle, up and away from the path. In either regard, the affect was an easier way to keep dirt or puddles from the path.
I remember seeing some Victorian and Tudor era brickwork and while they didn't have bullnose edged bricks, there were times when they did some really intricate brickwork for chimneys and the like to add a richer look while simply using bricks.
Short of finding pictures of these walkways to the front doors in Plainview online, I might be able to make up a couple of 3D models of what these walkways looked like... if you are interested.
Bullnose brick is hard to show at this scale, but yes, I like those. Special ordering bullnose would be expensive if you want to match the other brick. Victorian French and English were masters at polychrome and decorative brick, studies it years ago before I did design work...
At the time, it just seemed that the patterns or ways they laid the bricks was more the innovation rather than costly special order bricks, that impressed me the most. I wish I had taken pictures at the time. Did I forget to mention it was all mortar-less pathways?
I've tried to replicate them with 3D modeling but there was some definitive difference that I can't seem to express properly.
Is the storybook look influenced by anything? I might be seeing things or over-thinking, but there appears to be elements of Tudor-era building technique as well as an almost Gothic method of internal space allocation. Not to mention the seemingly Netherlands inspired roof-line that becomes obvious through further inspection. But I could just be over analyzing things (stupid architectural history class).
hendricksarch.com/index.php/st… This is the original storybook home. It was built by a hollywood guy, maybe a set designer guy I think. It is similar to tudor, but more playful and eccentric. This home was published and had a major influence on small home design from 1926 up until WW2. Nothing particularly Gothic about the interior. Roof line is certainly reminiscent of Northern Europe, France, Netherlands, etc.
HMMM Gothic cathedral builders wanted to lighten up the interior and build soaring high ceilings. Of course, huge walls of stained glass let in an unearthly beautiful mystical light. Very different then previous byzantine and romanesque architecture. Emphasis was on verticality, and sculptural stonework. Floor plans of medieval homes were totally different than modern houses of course, no real comparison.
You have stunning work as an architect, and I like that you provide details at the bottom of your sketches. Perhaps because I too would love a cottage for retirement and later on in life, this one is so far my favorite.
I'm curious, do any of your designs have 'libraries of wonder'? Well, to be more exact, are there any drawings with particularly detailed libraries? Libraries (and kitchens) are my favorite part of any house, possibly because I'm an avid book reader, especially when they have layouts like a spiral staircase to one of those ladders that swivel right and left. Do you think you'll ever draw one of those (or have you)?
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