Design snapshot: Marblehead work-building works - Fine Homebuilding

previous
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • Design Inspiration
    Design Inspiration
  • Pro Tool Rental. Learn More.
    Pro Tool Rental. Learn More.
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Radiant Heat Comparison
    Radiant Heat Comparison
  • Hot Water Now
    Hot Water Now
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Classic Cabinets
    Classic Cabinets
  • Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
    Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Video: Install a Fence
    Video: Install a Fence
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Remodeling Articles
    Remodeling Articles
  • Custom Flooring Inspiration
    Custom Flooring Inspiration
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
next

Square One: Good Home Design Starts Here

Square One: Good Home Design Starts Here


Design snapshot: Marblehead work-building works

comments (0) August 3rd, 2012 in Blogs
KHS Katie Hutchison, Contributor

Click To Enlarge Photo: Katie Hutchison

This little boat shed captures the appeal of the New England vernacular. Its seeming simplicity is largely the result of good design. Like an Olympic athlete who's mastered her sport, making it look almost effortless and easy, Redd's Pond Boatworks makes a hard-working elevation look simple.

The composition of the two openings within the gable-end elevation sets the stage for contrast: triangle vs. rectangle, small vs. large, centered vs. offset, top vs. base. The proximity of the smaller, upper door opening to the larger door opening below links one to the other visually, with only a single red clapboard between their trim. The location of the larger door off to one side is balanced by the smaller, upper door centered within the gable.

It's the use of color, though, that may seem the most striking. The white-on-white of the upper clapboards and trim calls attention to their dimension, depth, and texture. The red doors and lower red clapboards dramatically offset the white, while accenting the transition from the upper-middle part of the elevation to the top.

The construction of the different components further plays on contrast for their appeal. The vertical square-edge boards of both doors, bound by trim, graphically juxtapose the horizontal clapboards that surround them. The angle of the overhanging rake trim (along the roof) adds another dynamic set of graphic shadow lines.

The sign, of course, contributes to the building's irresistibility with its matter-of-fact white capital letters hovering over the red doors of Redd's. I imagine the visual pun was intended, yet another well-conceived detail on this deceptively simple charmer.

by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast and SquareOne

 

Read more design snapshots by architect Katie Hutchison


posted in: Blogs, architecture, Design, Design snapshot, work-building

Comments (0)

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