One of my favorite things to do when I see a picture that makes me say “wow” (which is scientifically proven to be the most sought-after word in residential design) is to look more deeply and make a list of the details behind that “wow”.
This house from CoastalLiving.com makes me say more than just wow and the list of details on this exterior is impressive!
In no particular order:
1. Casement Windows
One of the first things I notice on this house is the abundance of glass. Immediately thereafter, I notice how much I like the traditional lite pattern. Then I notice the key lack of a solid bar across the center of each window which is common with single-hung and double-hung windows (windows that slide up-and-down). These are casement windows, which open out, like a door, usually by the use of a crank mechanism.
2. Really Great Shutters
The shutters really consist of a number of details that make them awesome.
- They’re operable, if you look close you can see the hardware which in-and-of itself is a great detail.
- They used separate shutters for the small transom windows on the second floor. Cool.
- The upstairs shutters appear to be made differently than the downstairs shutters. It looks like the upstairs shutters are louvered, whilst the downstairs are solid.
3. Horizontal Balcony Railing
This is a neat touch that I’ve seen more and more. It’s something that can be included on any home and can even be a weekend job to retrofit an existing deck or balcony. I think it’s a nice change from the standard vertical balusters and, since it’s probably made of 2×4’s, it is most likely exceedingly strong which is a nice safety feature.
4. False Structural Elements Exposed
The main patio on the second floor (the main living floor in this waterfront home due to flood zone issues) has a great looking detail that looks just like a real piece of traditional structure.
It’s not likely that these are really holding anything up, but they look great!
5. Using the Downspouts in the Design
You have to look back at the full picture to see this, but the raingutter downspouts, which are usually something you try to hide, are used as a design element. They’re placed symmetrically and at equal distances from windows and openings to create something vaguely similar to the exposed timbers you might see on a Tudor style home.
6. Not a Straight Line in the Roof!
This is not a roof design for the faint of budget! This entire roof makes use of curves in various directions.
The roof shape is probably the most attention grabbing and memorable feature in this design.
This kind of roof is very difficult to build and is likely a combination of wood shaped and cut on-site, wood components made in a factory, and maybe even a few steel beams.
Remember The Exterior Details When You Remodel!
Remember that “wow” is the most sought after word in residential design and then add this to the thought. The person from whom that wow is most important is you! Exterior details have the power to put a smile on your face and a gleam in your eye every single time you come around the corner and get that first glance at your house. There is untold value in that feeling! Go for it!