How would you improve the look of this house?

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plasticpigeon
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How would you improve the look of this house?

Post by plasticpigeon » Tue 11th May, 2021 10:53 am

This house has come up for sale near me. There are pros and cons to it, and unfortunately internally there is not much of the original fabric left and although I have seen worse extensions this one is pretty ugly. It got me thinking how could an extension be grafted onto such a place and fit in better?
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stretch
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Re: How would you improve the look of this house?

Post by stretch » Tue 11th May, 2021 11:04 am

Source the correct soft red reclaimed bricks. Install a pair of side hung period garage doors. Maybe hang a period cantilevered timber bay window. All down to money and love of the buildings etc.

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Re: How would you improve the look of this house?

Post by RBailey » Tue 11th May, 2021 11:30 am

It doesn't seem to fit in either of the normal "make it match" or "make a clear distinction" general rules.
stretch wrote:
Tue 11th May, 2021 11:04 am
Install a pair of side hung period garage doors. Maybe hang a period cantilevered timber bay window.
I'd second these suggestions.

Also perhaps a climbing plant on the new bit, BUT, like any climber it will need careful management.

Cheers,
Richard B.

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Re: How would you improve the look of this house?

Post by plasticpigeon » Tue 11th May, 2021 12:03 pm

I think it was probably meant to match. The roof looks quite nice with decent slate and ridge tiles. The bricks and details are well off. I wonder if in this case whether the extension being set back and reduced in height from the main house was the right thing to do.

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Re: How would you improve the look of this house?

Post by Feltwell » Tue 11th May, 2021 4:24 pm

To improve it as it is right now?

Get a brick tinting specialist in, see if they can make the bricks be a closer match to the house. I’ve seen this done very successfully.

Change the 1st floor window to match the attic one, may involve changing its proportions. Or, perhaps. Introduce a bay to echo the main house.

As others have said, change the garage door for traditional side hung doors

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Re: How would you improve the look of this house?

Post by malcolm » Tue 11th May, 2021 6:32 pm

The extension seems to have missed out depth as well as any features. Modern box joined to an Arts and Crafts house is going to look odd. Openings need to be inset (difficult on a block wall), some detail around the windows would help - sills and arches etc. The straight edge at the side needs a drainpipe or some brick feature. A hat does a lot for the garage door.

Arts and Crafts was all about detailing effort and careful proportions. Builder in the village posted a patio he had built for a new build. New build looked really ugly (but the patio was nice).
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Re: How would you improve the look of this house?

Post by malcolm » Tue 11th May, 2021 8:03 pm

RBailey wrote:
Tue 11th May, 2021 11:30 am
Also perhaps a climbing plant on the new bit, BUT, like any climber it will need careful management.
What sort of plants would be best? I've got a 1950s concrete rendered flat roof toilet block extension. There is a large bush in the corner and ivy is working it's way along. I had originally planned architectural intervention but I'm increasingly thinking botanical.

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Re: How would you improve the look of this house?

Post by a twig » Tue 11th May, 2021 8:22 pm

Easy to say but I would have gone full height with the extension to maintain the ridgeline - for me that step down is the most jarring. Then yep, matching windows, perhaps a porch over the garage door to mirror the one above the front doors - personally not so worried about it being side hinged - practicality wins sometimes :)
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Re: How would you improve the look of this house?

Post by Feltwell » Tue 11th May, 2021 8:40 pm

How do folks do this black magic electric photo manipulation trickery eh?

Edits above look very convincing.

More of a "cut out with scissors and use Pritt Stick" kind of man when it comes to photo editing myself :oops: :oops:

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Re: How would you improve the look of this house?

Post by Flyfisher » Tue 11th May, 2021 10:23 pm

The original photo looks as if whoever designed the extension started off well with the roof and then just gave up! Shouldn't the extension be set back for a start?

And those bricks :shock:

Very odd. Are we sure the original photo itself is not a mock-up, or an interim stage of the design?

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Re: How would you improve the look of this house?

Post by Gothichome » Wed 12th May, 2021 12:09 am

I like Twigs version, large matching window giving a balance to the whole. Add Malcolm’s green swing doors and overhang on the garage to give it a vintage look and a climber to hide the brick. Lastly to put it over the top, straighten out the antenna mast mounted to the chimney.

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Re: How would you improve the look of this house?

Post by a twig » Wed 12th May, 2021 4:07 pm

Feltwell wrote:
Tue 11th May, 2021 8:40 pm
How do folks do this black magic electric photo manipulation trickery eh?

Edits above look very convincing.

More of a "cut out with scissors and use Pritt Stick" kind of man when it comes to photo editing myself :oops: :oops:
I had a brief stint in marketing at the start of my career so still have an old copy of Photoshop knocking about on my laptop - hardly an expert but good enough for hackabouts and touching up the odd family photo :)

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Re: How would you improve the look of this house?

Post by steveb » Thu 13th May, 2021 7:54 am

I think a picture of the neighbouring house too would add more context, as I am big fan of symmetry where possible - but I would have gone with a smaller gable facing the street on the extension roof - as well as the mods previously made above :)

I might have done that myself but appreciate that the cost of the roofing works to do so would be at least "considerable"

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Re: How would you improve the look of this house?

Post by CliffordPope » Thu 13th May, 2021 8:46 am

Feltwell wrote:
Tue 11th May, 2021 8:40 pm
How do folks do this black magic electric photo manipulation trickery eh?

Edits above look very convincing.
The porch over the garage has clearly just been cut and pasted from the porch over the two front doors. That's why the perspective is wrong.

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Re: How would you improve the look of this house?

Post by RBailey » Thu 13th May, 2021 8:56 am

malcolm wrote:
Tue 11th May, 2021 8:03 pm
What sort of plants would be best? I've got a 1950s concrete rendered flat roof toilet block extension. There is a large bush in the corner and ivy is working it's way along. I had originally planned architectural intervention but I'm increasingly thinking botanical.
Anything other than Ivy.
We had about a tonne of Ivy that I have hacked off and still working my way through repairing the damage.

I'm not a gardener, my garden skills are more along the lines of keeping it simple and easy to maintain.

That said we have an old wisteria that can look nice but rarely flowers due to the north facing location. It can grow and spread quickly but doesn't seem as aggressive as Ivy.

We have also planted some vines at the front (and the house is called vine cottage) but they are only in second spring so still a way to go. They are also in very large planters so they don't get into the ground and can be controlled a bit more.

Cheers,
Richard B.

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