what a facade {our home}…

building your own home presents many quandaries: but i anticipated that…

what i didn’t anticipate was that they would come so thick & fast…

& my first stumbling block was one that took me quite by surprise: it turns out i’ve spent so long dreaming, planning, scheming about the interior of our house that i kind of forgot to really consider what it would actually look like from the outside!

so when our architect needed reference images i was at first stumped: my eyes glazed over & then panic swiftly ensued…

being a serial renter i’ve always just considered property facades a fait accompli: nothing i needed to concern myself with!

sure i know a handsome house from the outside when i see one, but breaking down what it is exactly that makes it so appealing is not something i’d needed to consider, until now…

& so i scoured the net &, of course, pinterest to see what i could come up with…

townhouses

but the process was all a bit reminiscent of a certain children’s fairytale: some were too modern, some were too quaint & some were just too, well, not us…

& it occurred to me that it’s actually really hard to find images of something juuuuuuust right when you don’t know what exactly juuuuuuust right is…

so i changed tack: my new m.o. entailed scouring my memory banks for houses i’d seen in the flesh & fallen in love with instantly…

two such places sprung to mind…

royal crescent hotel bath

the first was this building at the royal crescent hotel in bath…

we came across it several years ago on a weekend trip & both my boyfriend & i admired its generous proportions & symmetrical facade…

set on acreage somewhere out in the country surrounded by expanses of greenery & it would be perfection itself…

but for our narrow inner-city plot {with a paltry 7.8 metre frontage} which is flanked by single-storey weatherboard cottages, this style sadly is a non-contender…

& then i remembered this…

armadale

beautiful right?

my last home as a single gal back in melbourne was in a seriously ugly 70s block of flats…

on the upside it was fortuitously situated on the same street as a positively mesmerising set of terrace houses…

i used to ogle at their facades long & hard & would often fantasise about what they were like inside…

i’m not sure which feature i love the most: the street-facing balconies, wrought iron fretwork or shuttered windows…

but strip all of the ornamentation away {which we’ll have to do in order to avoid creating a complete pastiche} & what i think really contributes to their success is their proportions: they’re juuuuuuust right!

armadale2

this one was my absolute favourite as there was something tantalising about its manicured front garden neatly confined behind a row of wrought iron railings…

yes, the block is still wider than the one we’ll be building on {this one’s approximately 10.3 metres}, but i think it’s a good starting point…

sadly i didn’t come across these images until after we’d sent the architect our brief, but somehow i think a certain somebody might be getting an addendum in the post!

images via: arch dailysweet southern charmconrad architectsannie fitzsimmonsdomainthe home page

 

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