The word McMansion has evolved to a meaning of bad tacky architectural design.
Although the trend for McMansion style has passed, popular styles for new construction plans today lean towards a more tradition design.
If Traditional design is what you want it doesn’t mean that is what you will get.
True traditional design is based on proper proportion, harmony, balance, etc. This method is long gone. Elements and styles are now replaced with watered down interpretations of what the designer assumes it to be. The results appear like more of a cut and paste project gone wild instead of all the elements working together. Read more about aesthetics in design here .
An architect that specializes in historic preservation will use their expertise to create new construction plans that can be (if you want) contemporary with a traditional feel that will be aesthetically pleasing.
Problems Found When Reviewing Elevations for New Construction
In this case a client purchased custom architectural plans designed by an architect. The elevations were sent to me for review. I saw many changes that needed to be made not only for a better appearance but some parts of the design were absolutely ridiculous!
Here we will only focus on the simpler South Elevation of this house.
Adjustments were made to correct:
- skinny window casings
- absence of a window sills
- abnormal mutant transom window s
- belt course horizontal trim cutting through the windows
- two conflicting windows at the top looking lost and disrupting the harmony
- vertical boards in gable just stops for no reason.
- a wood sided chimney
Here you can see them both side by side and compare the difference for yourself.