Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Ink and REVERIE (No. 3 in a series) - Inspirations

Well, the (Metric) Thanksgiving weekend is behind us now, and it's back to work...  It's Tuesday, and time for another blog in the series "ink & REVERIE":

As Christine bijouandboheme and I are both suffering from a bit of "turkey stupor", we agreed to make this instalment of  our blogs, light and airy...  Much like a crisp, green salad, with dressing on the side.  A respite from the meat and potatoes, gravy and apple pie.

During our last consultation meeting, it became clear that the layouts are close to being resolved, and we are needing to make some decisions on exterior cladding, fenestration, roofing and detailing.  For this, we are referring back to some of the original examples / images that Christine has accumulated, in her foresight.

We're set on stucco:  White, Lymestone from Drivit.  A well-insulated, rain-screen wall system that will look fantastic, provide flexibility in detailing, and perform well in our climate.

Exterior Finish Example

While this example is quite modern, the style and colour of the stucco is bang-on, and there are several cues we will be incorporating into the design:  Hard returns to inset, modern, clear expansive glazing with thin frames, mullions and muntin bars, reminiscent of steel-framed industrial windows.


The plan is to introduce a lantern / skylight into the roof above the upper hallway, in it's entirety.  It will be grand, and will (in addition to the large wall-windows) add to the lightness of the dwelling in spite of some of the massive detailing on the interior and exterior.

This classic facade will be typical of the front elevation:

Classic, Simple Detailing

High-Order Columns and Detailing

Columns and arches will help direct a visitor to the main entrance of the dwelling, along the side elevation...  A tricky scenario, that will use visual cues through architectural details, to guide the flow.

The rear elevation can be less "frilly" and more casual, while maintaining a complimentary language:

Doors and Simple Details

The garage at the street, provides us the opportunity to have a modern intervention into the classical facade:

Modern Intervention

While smaller, it's presence will be unmistakeable!  Currently, we are discussing using a massive, brutal intervention of bush-hammered concrete...  Against the white stucco and classical detailing, it's going to be dramatic.

This week will be spent finalizing the layouts, researching window and door systems, and details to help me present the elevations for review and discussion...  Stay tuned.


  1. I'm absolutely thrilled with how it's all coming together Wallace- love your vision and how you're able to take my thoughts/dreams and morph them into a workable plan- feel very lucky to have you designing this for us!!!

    1. Thank you, Christine... Your ideas are the fuel to my creativity, and your unwillingness to settle or compromise, is a blessing!

  2. Love reading about the progress from both of your points of view. The upper hallway skylight - that's going to be dramatic!

    1. Thank you W-C! Glad to have you following-along!

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