I mean this in the best way, but looking at your drawing, and then at the 'spec built' house, I can only say that we need more artisans, and fewer 'contractors' building homes. The actual house looks soulless and sterile, and the proportions that made the drawing so appealing were completely dispensed with. Of course I live in a city full of Victorians in various stages of restoration, and so called 'renovation'. I grew up in the 'burbs', in a pre-fab concrete house that was assembled like a double wide trailer, so my appreciation for the artistry and aesthetic of what homes 'could' be like runs deep. Your design work always inspires me, and I really wish there were people that knew how to build real homes, and not spec built, drab, out of the box disappointments. With each new home that goes in up the city, my disdain for 'contractors' continues to grow. The exception is a former church, that is being restored to some semblance of its original glory. I'll have to do some photo journalism while it still in progress.
Nice, but they really sacrificed some of the vertical character with the windows they used. They managed to take a lot of the charm & style away by making subtle substitutions that really altered the final feeling of the building. I love seeing the before & after images!
The pencil drawing is awfully cute and nicely executed, I admit, but the initial design is off proportions and has unrealistic, impossible to build elements, which in the end makes it naive design, (and quite honestly it's considered bad design, if it's not functional). Though that middle dormer in the finished building is just unnecessary.
Everything is functional and beautiful, the only way to build! The original design assumed possible living space on the third floor. Ceiling shape would be fine and perfect for a bedroom or two, cozy and nice. Small dormers pose no structural issue at all, just double up rafters on either side, and build dormer walls on to the doubled rafters. I personally build, and can build anything on this house! Look in gallery and you'll see all kinds of interior and exterior components that I built.
I would like very much to know what are the elements that makes it "non functional", to be honest. I've already seen houses way more complex than this. More expensive than an usual one ? Yes, sure. But perfectly buildable. The house in the photo is just less elaborated.
Oh, for example the tiny roof dormers up there, how big is the window? How wide is the construction supporting it? Unless it's glued to the roof it's really nonfunctional. Also the shape of the roof itself is something I never recommend- by the proportion of it and the angle, also by the fact that you have many planes added and the proportions of interior make me think that it will quite hard to place comfortably any room in without loosing a lot of floor due to low ceiling and the construction of the roof itself- unless it's steel beams, which are totally not cost effective in this kind of building. Finally- since I didn't see whole and in scale drawing of the floors I'm hesitant to have an opinion on it, but what I can see on your attached sketch that you are loosing quite a lot of place to fit long corridors. What for?
No steel necessary. We use laminated beams when necessary, LVL's we call 'em. Nobody glues a dormer to a roof except a model maker. Roof structure is not an issue, and interior volume is fine. Long corridors CAN have a place in some homes. You can also do a gallery of piers or columns, or arches, and leave it semi-open to the great room. The plan as built looks nothing like my original plan anyways. Sometimes I have traditional hallways, sometimes all open space planning, it just depends. When stairs come up to the second floor, you almost always need a short or long hallway to get past one bedroom to another.
Since when do attics need high ceilings? Or great big dormers? Francois, how do you normally space a roof truss? These seem to be just fine with what I've seen of pre-industrial English dormers; of course those windows were built pane by pane, but I'm sure you can buy small operable windows.
I also have to ask: is this an example of differences between American and European design philosophy generally?
Well, I was letting everybody tear it apart and discuss!! But first, a few points: the attic is non-functional as living space. This particular builder usually stick builds, so usually no trusses in roof structure. That makes dormers and third floor windows "attic lights," not non-functional but not super important either. However, selling a house IS important and curb appeal is a huge selling factor in this subdivision. I personally HATE pre-fab trusses because they ruin the attic and they are often either out of spec or installed out of line with each other, creating drywall and trim problems. Also, they are spec'ed for flimsy "flex" numbers. I don't TRUSS them!! he he....