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Design Process: Step 2

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:35 AM
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by P and J ( last modified Oct 17, 2008



Our architect presented his proposed design with site plan, floor plans, elevations and perspectives.

We had a very positive reaction to the overall design, which had double butterfly roof over the main, rectangular module. We also liked the idea of a block "feature wall" which he proposed to continue inside the house, showing the exposed block.

We then reviewed the floor plan and how our room wish-list had been accommodated and found we had everything (excluding the garage) in approx. 2550 square feet.

He then asked us to take some time to go over the proposal
and we initially focused on our room size wish list -- rechecking why we arrived at such #s and and either getting comfortable with them or tweaking them.

We then reconsidered the house's double butterfly roof line and started to imagine ourselves in the rooms this covers.

Obviously, it will give us the high ceilings and light we want in the living/dining space but when we considered this in the rest of house it raised some questions. The first was how light would enter the smaller rooms like the laundry and the second bath. The second, more significant issue for us, was how much light would be entering all three bedrooms as we like dark bedrooms for sleeping and do not want have to devise window coverings for angled windows.

We decided to revisit this with our architect and seek advice on whether such a roof can work aesthetically if one chooses not to have glass in certain sections, or whether there are other roof designs that still give us a "feature roof" without so much natural light coming into the bedrooms.




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