One of the steps to a successful renovation is staying true to your home’s architectural style. You may be thinking, “My house is not a historic landmark and it does not have any architectural details that are noteworthy.” As a designer I am looking for more than the trim profile and exterior materials:
Roof line – is the roof gabled or hipped? Is it steep or flat? What is the size of the overhang? Are there existing dormers? The goal is to repeat the characteristics of the existing roof when possible.
Windows – The windows of your home should follow some sort of pattern. Are there transoms or typical groupings? Are existing windows double hung or casement style?
Volume – It is best to add only what you need to add for functionality and not go for the, “bigger is better” philosophy. As a result of being frugal with your square footage, the quality of the space could be improved by using higher end finishes. This also helps the end product to blend in with the existing structure.
If you are not sure of the style of your home, I invite you to visit the following link:
If a book is what you are looking for, try this one: A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia Macalester