Design snapshot: A view with windows - Fine Homebuilding
previous
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • Video Series: Install a Rock-Solid Tile Floor
    Video Series: Install a Rock-Solid Tile Floor
  • Video: Install a Fence
    Video: Install a Fence
  • Gallery: Custom Flooring
    Gallery: Custom Flooring
  • Solid Deck-Framing Advice
    Solid Deck-Framing Advice
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Remodeling in Action
    Remodeling in Action
  • Video: Build a curved step
    Video: Build a curved step
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
next

Square One: Good Home Design Starts Here

Square One: Good Home Design Starts Here


Design snapshot: A view with windows

comments (0) May 31st, 2012 in Blogs
KHS Katie Hutchison, Contributor

Click To Enlarge Photo: Katie Hutchison

 

I'm captivated by a beautiful barn. It's the rhythm of the windows and doors, along with the rich red-and-white color palette, that caught my eye on this one in Essex, Mass. at Cogswell's Grant.

The small white windows march along a little higgledy-piggledy. They're mounted in the stables at horse-scale, meaning the horses have a great view, but my nose would only barely clear the sill. The doors in between are sized for people, of course. So both those tending the stables and their charges are represented in the architecture. This supports the theory that the best elevations express something about those within.

The little wooden visors with brackets over the windows and doors provide shade and shadow, as well as visual interest. Part of their appeal it the hint of formality that they suggest, something we don't generally expect from an outbuilding. Such contrast is often vital to an engaging design. The large expanse of red clapboards beautifully offsets the line of dancing windows and doors, trimmed in white. The resulting elevation makes for a happy building. How lucky those horses are.

by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast and SquareOne

 

Read more design snapshots by architect Katie Hutchison


posted in: Blogs, architecture, Design, Design snapshot, barns

Comments (0)

Log in or create a free account to post a comment.