Friday, October 26, 2012

Help me pick my house design

People, we have issues at Chez Angus.  We have two different designs for the front of our potential house in Santa Fe.

Here's option 1 (which loyal readers have already seen):


and here's option 2:



Give me your thoughts in the comments.


22 comments:

BR said...

As someone who knows virtually nothing about architecture or design, I like #2. Since a potential future buyer will also likely know nothing of these topics, my opinion should hold significant weight when considering resale value. ;)

Gerardo said...

Is this one of those "spot the ten differences" quizzes?

Anonymous said...

#2 elevates boxes to something more, the shadows will also be interesting and will give the house movement over the day.

Alex T

Anonymous said...

#2 is nicer.

Mike said...

While #2 is certainly more stylish today, I really think #1 will stand the test of time better.

I like the rear corner window of #2 much more.

You can't go wrong with either.

Anonymous said...

#1 looks like the back entrance to my local Lowe's. Not good. #2 is slightly less boxy. Better.

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Robert S. Porter said...

Number two for sure.

The larger and more prominent use of white creates a greater level of contrast. It makes the entrance way much more inviting. The first (from this rendering) is much to cave-like.

The windows on the side of the house are also much nicer. The, piano window, especially is a nice touch which I presume would be in the living room. It is easy to place furniture with. Additionally the back window/pillar provide some nice architectural detail.

Anonymous said...

The design reminds me of an old joke. An American tourist was driving around the West of Ireland but he lost. He stopped the car to ask a local for directions. The local said, "Well, wouldn't start from here..."

Brad said...

I'm gonna echo everyone else and say #2, for mostly the same reasons: contrast, draws you in to the entrance,

mike shupp said...

My votes for #2 as well. Nothing hugely wrong with #1 -- it'll always look okay as long as you keep up the maintenance -- but it's boring. It looks like a small business building -- a place to buy plumbing supplies, for example. #2 catches the eye; it isn't so ordinary.

Michael said...

I like option #2, but be prepared to aim your garden hose at the top of the white rectangle to clean in periodically.

I still think you should combine this with the new Pac Man art style contest and create a scary pastel house.

rusrus said...

#2 is good. it's all soffit and stucco - you can change it in a couple weekends if you grow tired of it.

JD Cross said...

I would definitely go with the yellow Element over the olive green one.

...I like #2.

Anonymous said...

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Angus said...

LOL. I am not a conservative!

brucerb said...

#2. Although I've had a couple, I hate houses where the garage dominates the front. It says "a car and its peoples live here". The garage is more subdued in #2 - at least from this angle. Definitely curious about what is going on with that rear corner pillar in #2 as well -looks more interesting. When I saw #1 the other day I thought "that's a home? not a dentist office?"

Lumpy said...

Choose a different house.

Eric said...

Way way way #2. +1 on the Lowe's comment above.

Unknown said...

I'd want to know the orientation. Which is the north side? In the winter snow will stick on the north side and can get icy under traffic.

I'm assuming it is all stucco. #2 looks cooler, but will require more maintenance. #1 is a more standard look.

Anonymous said...

Orientation would be my question also. I prefer #1. Will all that light color in #2 be reflecting sunlight onto the front door?

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sfw said...

Both designs will look good after you take them out of the box they are in.