Hi everyone, would love your ideas on how to improve this facade. We're thinking of making the entry wider by moving the pillars out a bit. Maybe cladding over the garage?
Gardens etc will make a lot of difference -- as a bare picture it does look a bit plain , but it won't look as bad in the flesh .
My first thought was to do the columns at the door in a stone , and then I saw your pic showing the double gables , and low and behold there are stone covered columns .
The 3rd column by the garage I'm not sure I'd do -- I can understand trying to get a uniform look , but that column isn't really 'expected' there , so looks a bit out of place IMO .
Likewise , there is a fairly big 'forehead' above the garage door , but what about adding a fake octagonal vent centred above the door , in more a charcoal colour ?
Another idea would be a nice rich natural cedar or cedarstained garage door -- theres already enough grey and blue/grey tones -- a wooden garage door and some stonework around the columns will add a lot to the appearance , make the design look $100k more but at a $10k extra cost .
is this a new build or a renovation?
It's a new build
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Here's a different view
the roof over the entry would be better if it was deeper and wider and, unless you want to use the ceiling space in the garage for a storage loft, i would change the front of the garage roof to a hip instead of the extended gable to remove the high forehead look and to make the focus on the entry rather than the garage...
Thanks for the ideas! We can't extend the entry roof out any further due to setback restrictions but do you think it would look better if it was deeper in towards the door? Also moving the pillars further apart. We're also considering opening up the entry gable like this example.
can you show the floorplan
Here's the floorplan. We can't change the width of the front or move anything forward because we are at the maximum for the required setbacks. Still making a few adjustments inside.
An example of the vent
Thanks pottsy99 for the great ideas!
We had actually asked for another pillar on the left side of the porch (which had been left off) but maybe we should just have the two near the entry and make them more of a feature - ie position them wider apart, make the pillars wider/thicker and add the stone feature!
We will look into the different ideas for the garage too.
Do you think if we made the window on the left side of the house wider it would ruin the balance? We really wanted a big window in that room.
If you can make the veranda 30cm or so wider ( 15cm either side ) it would be better and more balanced IMO -- any wider and it will interfere with the other windows . the problem is it will need a slight change to the roofline , so I guess it depends what stage you are at , and the cost .
The garage door goes to within 20cm or so of the 'edges' , the window on the left room looks like it stops 50cm or so 'in' , so although they are different in purpose , a window going to that 20cm or whatever from each edge will look slightly more balanced , again just my opinion .
One other slight thought too -- and I'm not 'pushing' that fake vent idea -- but just a suggestion . if you did move the 2 pillars at the front door out that 15cm each side , and had a lightly larger 'triangle' above it ( gable roof ) , you could do 3 of those fake vents -- one on the left ( whether you do a larger window or not ) , one above the entrance and one above the garage . That would really reference all 3 gables .
Actually , having another look , its also hit me -- I reckon the garage door should be 200-250mm taller too ! No real reason except that , as its lower than the tops of your windows , it looks too low , and it leaves that high forehead . Last comment for tonight from me . . . . . .
Thank you pottsy99 for all those ideas, so helpful!!
Can you delete the column near garage and make the retreat window a bay window..
Thanks Kate! Oooh a bay window, hadn't thought of that! I'm going to look into it.
It's important to make the entrance feature, deeper by stepping the front door back into the interior and wider across the front and adjusting the width of the roof.
step the entrance into the master back so it looks and works visually , adjust entrance into robe and the Media room at the same time
Thank you for these extra ideas! I agree the master bedroom door will look better inset like that. I hadn't considered stepping in the front door more, but now see this will help with the feature too, thanks!
If you are going to look into a bay window aurora , make sure the curtains are open hahaha . . . . . . . .
Good one! 😊
We have an updated facade! Would love to hear any additional thoughts about it.
We're going to remove the pillar on the far left but have to keep the one on the garage side (to support the roof)
The larger window and taller garage opening both look good , and give a better balance IMO .
The left side column didn't help , except arguably balanced the look , but you already know my views haha -- the distance between that right hand column and the wall looks fairly tight to me -- personally , I'd want at least a metre between the inside of the column and the wall , preferably 1.2 metres .
Just one other suggestion -- I'd look at extending the small veranda part over the entrance door , and the 2 columns there , maybe 40-50cm forward , and add a bit of interest ? It would be relatively cheap to do , as the shape is already there , just add 1 more small truss and a bit more colourbond , and it breaks the roof line but also that front vista ? Good bang for buck IMO !
Just a thought .
Thanks pottsy99, unfortunately we can't move anything further forward because we're at the maximum for the required setback. There's 850mm between the right pillar and the wall but would have loved to have more!
We still want to change the entry feature to somehow look more like this one just not sure what's missing. Looks like the ceiling has an additional layer underneath which joins up with the pillar.
Looks great. Enjoy
I like the updated facade. It looks more balanced.
Thanks, the comments on here has been great in helping us to fine tune this!