I was just browsing my favorite blogs and I saw a few exterior photos at Southern Hospitality that got my interest. Rhoda has a great eye and she picked some pretty houses to show. The post starts off with a cool Jazz Festival, the houses are toward the bottom.
I like the look of this house, don’t you? I think it does a great job of showing that you can get workable porches without using a huge area. That’s encouraging for me.
A couple of details I notice:
I really like to use this type of door for an entry. Most people call this a “French Door” but that’s really not correct. A French Door is actually a derivative of the term “French Window” and it refers to a double door that opens up completely. If you were ordering this door, you would order a 3-0 x 8-0 18 light door. Whatever you call it, it looks good.
I love the brick steps. Love them.
The crown molding on the porch ceilings is a very nice touch.
One thing I notice that I don’t like is the rain gutters. I personally prefer to run the gutters across the front, even if they won’t catch much water there because it creates a nice corner where the profile meets, sort of like crown. The way they do it here, you see an end-cap, on the front of the house and I don’t like that.
This is a cool looking house. Rhoda said it sort of reminded her of a “farm house” and I think that’s pretty accurate. I actually notice a number of details worth talking about in this picture, but I’ll just list a few…
Operable Shutters – I think these shutters are cool. I like the look of them, the simplicity of making them, and the fact that they actually work.
Four Light Windows – I think the four-light windows are a big part of what gives this house its charm. They seem like the perfect choice for this house to me.
Exposed Rafter Tails – I like the exposed rafter tail style. I’ll be doing that on my own house sooner or later. (I’ll probably have a little twist, such as carving the tails to look like dolphins). One thing that really jumps out at me though is the uneven spacing just over the front steps. That’s a framing issue that should have been thought out before the roof was framed. Even now, taking a saw to the end of that “extra” rafter would make a difference.
Rhoda has even more pictures at her blog. Check it out.
So, what did I miss?