|John Tackett Design.|
A Proposed Addition and Improvements
to a New House Under Construction.
Image: The Devoted Classicist blog
There was interest in having parents occupy the planned Master Suite on the Ground Floor, requiring the homeowners to relocate to the Second Floor and push the guest rooms to a new Third Floor. The interior designer wisely advised against expansion of the Ground Floor, already a maze many time larger than the main block. The program for John Tackett Design was to suggest an upward expansion of the main block without increasing the overall roof height, and propose some detailing to give more architectural interest. The foundation was complete and framing underway but the structural engineer gave approval for the proposed added storey. My quick sketch over a reduced-size print of the original construction drawing is shown.
A very deep porch is replaced with an entrance terrace (already in place) with a rusticated limestone first floor giving a visual base for applied limestone pilasters and a limestone pediment. Instead of the over-sized brown brick with white mortar originally planned, I suggested a traditional-sized brick in a buff ochre color with matching mortar to compliment the proposed buff Minnesota limestone. The windows were already on order, but I did suggest changing the Upstairs Center Hall window over the front door, and the window of the two-story Secondary Stair Hall seen on the front of the house. Also, my design changes the front door to a narrow pair and alters the sidelights, transom and limestone surround.
The interior designer who had apparently expressed concerns throughout the original design process was thrilled with my proposal. And the homeowners were ecstatic. But the parents, who were not part of the discussion, balked at the thought of moving in with their adult offspring. "Never!" was their reported comment. So this has been one last view before going into the Unbuilt category in the files.