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Beach-Scene Colors for a Picturesque Florida Getaway

When a city’s name is Watercolor, and it’s about the both tantalizingly called Emerald Coast in the Florida panhandle, you have a hunch it’s going to become a nod to stunning design. And, dare I say, kudos to city’s homeowner’s association, whose building ordinances and architectural limitations have produced a harmonious town with a like-minded style that is rife with what architect Geoff Chick and others predict Florida cracker style.

The appearance takes its cues from older fisherman’s shacks along with barns that once populated the region, also has evolved to emphasize metal roofs, big porches, double-hung windows, clapboard siding, pitched roofs, exposed rafters and picket railings and fences. It’s a design that took hold in neighboring Seaside, Florida (the Jim Carrey movie The Truman Show was shot there), also has taken on a new life by integrating sustainable, locally sourced materials for the outside structures and more sophisticated, pricier insides.

For Houston few Brad and Denise Williams, the city became the ideal place where Denise could eventually use her two decades of notes and magazine clippings to make her dream holiday home. After Chick completed his construction, Denise built the space in a very simple and clean design with blues, greens and beiges that look plucked directly from the shore.

at a Glance
Who lives here: This is a holiday home for Brad and Denise Williams.
Location:
Watercolor, Florida
Size: 4,731 square feet; 4 beds (and midsize area), 4 1/2 bathrooms, plus a 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom flat

Geoff Chick & Associates

The awe-inspiring exterior has a touch galvanized roof and HardiePlank lap siding with red cedar shingles, all painted a custom soft blue color made to harmonize with all the substances. Gas lanterns, transom windows, exposed rafters on the upper tower structure and a thorough railing with a recurring X layout punctuate Watercolor’s architectural design.

The home faces a neighborhood park and backs up into the Point Washington State Forest, a massive natural preserve. The homeowners wanted the structure to connect to a above-garage apartment via an enclosed walkway so they can walk from the front of the house to the trunk without needing to go indoors.

Geoff Chick & Associates

“I wanted something clean and easy,” Denise says of this living and kitchen spaces, which she wanted to become just one giant room so everyone would feel connected.

Chairs, table: Z Gallerie; ceiling and wall paint: Iceberg, Benjamin Moore; posts and cabinet paint: White Dove, Benjamin Moore; floors: Brazilian walnut

Geoff Chick & Associates

She incorporated a beach-friendly palette with a blue glass subway tile backsplash and a coffered ceiling painted a soft blue.

Pendant lights: nickel, Circa

Geoff Chick & Associates

Denise fell in love with all the detailing of this foyer mirror, but its black and gold color didn’t fit with her theme. She added a brushed-platinum finish and picked a very simple table from Ethan Allen that would not take attention from the mirror’s detailing.

Geoff Chick & Associates

This landing area connects the main house into the garage apartment. With a door, a farmhouse sink, classic wood furniture and also a color palette of red, black and white, the design is a light departure from the rest of the home.

Geoff Chick & Associates

“The way in which the home was built, it’s contemporary but feels authentic,” Chick says. This is encouraged in the master bath, in which Carrara marble countertops, a classic chair, classic medicine bottles and silver finishes bridge new and old.

Tile: Walker Zenger; mirrors: Restoration Hardware; paint: Woodlawn Blue (cut 50 percent), Benjamin Moore; bathtub: Victoria + Albert

Geoff Chick & Associates

This view is from the third floor — that has a home theater and an office space — looking back on the second, which has a bunk room, a master suite and two guest rooms.

Footprints in Watercolor homes are tight, therefore Chick was challenged with finding a way to produce private areas. He did this by building up, making perpendicular, alternative living spaces, like a workspace near the staircase. “It’s very striking to have a vaulted, two-story space on the second floor,” notes Chick. It’s more striking to have a large, wooden, beaded chandelier.

Chandelier: Europa, Currey & Company

Geoff Chick & Associates

A display case contains bottles of sand Denise has collected from beaches all over the world for the last 30 decades.

Geoff Chick & Associates

The second-floor bunk room is meant to accommodate future grandkids. The bunks were custom made. The green door is a hundred years old and from Romania.

Geoff Chick & Associates

A sliding, distressed doorway on the next floor closes off the house into the fourth-floor tower to stop heat loss.

Geoff Chick & Associates

Brad eagerly wanted a sea view, which their lot didn’t have; Chick had to build as high up as permitted by the homeowner’s association. Now the few can see all the way down the shore and watch sunsets and fireworks on the Fourth of July.

The honey-colored ceiling is made from pecky cypress.

Geoff Chick & Associates

Exposed rafter tails borrow from cracker cabin style. With extreme sunshine the norm here, the extended eaves help cut back on solar gain in the tower, and since hurricane winds pose a danger to ripping off the roof, a beam along with a corbel detail have been inserted.

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American Architecture: The Elements of Tudor Style

What it is: First, let us clear this up confusing moniker. When speaking to the architectural design from the U.S., the expression “Tudor” is actually historically imprecise. It refers to not normal buildings of Tudor England (early 16th century) but rather than a style popularized in the USA during the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. ” Furthermore, the design is much more of a catchall term based loosely on many different components from medieval English architecture, from humble cottages to stately manors.

Where to locate it: In cities and suburbs all over the USA.

Why you will enjoy it: With its storybook details (think Hansel and Gretel) and countryside charm (even in the center of major cities), there is no more romantic style.

Cosmetic (or False) Half-Timbering

It is one of the most recognizable features of a Tudor home. Medieval houses in Europe featured walls in which the spaces between the supporting timbers were filled, leaving the construction exposed on the facade. Modern-day homes conceal that arrangement with cladding. The cosmetic half-timbers on Tudor houses are an attempt to mimic authentic medieval structures.

How to make it your own: Adding ornamental half-timbering is a simple, inexpensive way to get a Tudor look without needing to change your roofline or chimney.

Soorikian Architecture

Steeply Pitched Roof

All Tudor homes have steeply pitched roofs, usually with side gables, meaning the gables “open” on the surfaces of the home. The steep roofs are often punctuated by dormer windows, like those previously. The facade usually features a portion of the home that juts out and is topped with a cross-gabled roof, plus a steep pitch.

How to make it your own: Look for homes with similarly pitched roofs, with or without the other Tudor details. A pitched roof means there is more room underneath for storage or extra bedrooms. Adding dormers is an excellent way not only to enhance curb appeal except to bring in natural light.

HartmanBaldwin Design/Build

Embellished Entrance

Tudor entrances are celebrated. Everything about them says solid. The doorways are often made from board and batten wood, usually arched (sometimes with a Tudor, or pointed, arch like this one) and usually boast some kind of medieval-looking hardware, such as these hooks hinges. Statement-making door surrounds, like this one, call even more attention to the entryways.

How to make it your own: Swapping out your door for a board and batten one, perhaps with strap-hinge hardware, is another simple way to get a taste of Tudor design without knocking down some walls.

Kerrie L. Kelly

Mixed Siding Materials

Tudor homes are made with several siding materials. Although stone and brick are the most frequent types, stucco wall cladding plays a significant role in the Tudor design as well.

How to make it your own: When planning a small addition, consider cladding that part in a different substance.

Zeterre Landscape Architecture

Casement Windows

Although some Tudor homes comprise double-hung windows, they nearly always have at least one set of casement windows. The windows also are usually narrow and tall, typically have several panes and are often clustered together. Truly authentic Tudor homes usually feature at least one set of leaded glass windows, in which metal casings hold together the individual panes at the window over. Stone mullions, like those above, frequently casements.

How to make it your own: Such as doorways, windows are relatively simple to change out. Try casements rather than double-hung versions.

Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd..

Elaborate Chimneys

Not merely are the chimneys big, often with numerous shafts, but they also commonly feature ornamental chimney pots (the upper area of the chimney), usually either round or octagonal. There’s something about the chimneys, like the squatty doorways, which communicates a sense of permanence.

How to make it your own: whilst making additional chimney shafts is not practical, including a decorative pot is a means to get a touch of Tudor design.

Inform us : What do you think about Tudor houses? Are you prepared to embrace English cottage style, or would you prefer to restrict your Tudor ingestion to Showtime’s hit TV show about the scandalous lives of Henry VIII and his wives? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!

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Architect's Toolbox: Strike a Balance With Symmetry

Stand in front of a mirror and look at yourself. Now draw an imaginary line down the middle of your torso and face. Chances are good that your right and left sides match and that you’re symmetrically composed. Not too symmetrically written, mind you — there will be a small variation from side to side. Small gaps include interest and keep things from being too static.

In brief, is symmetry: each facet across the center line fitting its opposite side, bringing balance to the entire. This is extremely different from asymmetry, where each side looks to balance the other hand with gaps. We’ll leave the dialogue for asymmetry for a different day. For the time being, let us look at symmetry and the way that may be used in the design of the homes.

Witt Construction

Symmetry gives stature and significance. From the hipped roof and chimneys to the dormers and window positioning, everything about this design makes us focus on the middle, or center line. By drawing our attention to the center and then up to the Palladian window, front of this house looks prominent, elegant and, yes, inactive.

Richard Manion Architecture Inc..

Symmetry is restful and relaxed. There aren’t any shifting planes and overlapping volumes which cause our eyes to leap round, never settling in 1 spot. Instead, our gaze is allowed to relax, rest and find repose.

Lori Smyth Design

Symmetry extends into the landscape. Don’t stop at the house walls; bring symmetry to the backyard and plantings too. Use potted plants as dots. Hedges that buff out create a foreground; pencillike trees frame the entrance sequence. A crushed stone path, our center line, leads to the front door as reinforcement of their symmetrical massing and window layout.

TRG Architects

Symmetry knows no stylistic prejudice. Whether or modern, symmetry is a trustworthy remedy to create balance, particularly when you need a processional quality. Keep the cubic amounts and floating planes: simply arrange them in stasis as well as a center line.

3north

Bring the symmetry inside. All that silent and tasteful equilibrium on the outside should find its way into the home. So keep the procession together with the architecture in addition to the accessories and furniture. Keep it all going and set something important and beautiful at the end.

Crisp Architects

Create a frame to reinforce symmetry. Establishing a foreground and producing a frame through which the space is viewed can reinforce the overall symmetrical layout of the room. The frame also has the benefit of developing a layering of distance, another part of the architect’s toolbox.

David Duncan Livingston

Emphasize symmetry using a motif. Employing an architectural motif, like an arch, can reinforce the symmetry and equilibrium needed. In many ways, this is a”painterly” approach, as it heals vertical surfaces (walls) as a canvas onto which the components are applied.

Use symmetry in most instructions. Start using a foreground and the two- dimensional picture, then extend the distance outside in a balanced manner. Use symmetry to create depth and the illusion of vast spaciousness, like in a Pirenasi sketch.

Schwartz and Architecture

Place furniture so it enriches the center line. The full impact of lace comes through when the furniture follows the architecture. When it’s a bed, sofa, table or other piece, placing the furniture across the center line of the room produces a robust and established focus.

Symmetry goes in the bathroom. From the ceiling to the windows to the vanities, tub and accessories, a bathroom that’s symmetrically laid out reinforces the notion of his-and-hers places. Placing the bathtub in the center underscores this symmetry and produces a spot where both equal halves join together.

Lisa Adams, LA Closet Design

Use symmetry even in private spaces. A walk-in cupboard, pantry or other low-traffic area in your home can benefit from the equilibrium made by a symmetrical layout. Does this approach create distinct halves which are independently used, but in addition, it conveys a feeling of careful consideration and design.

Aleck Wilson Architects

Use symmetry to enlarge small spaces. Don’t stop the symmetry at the exterior or in bigger rooms. Because a symmetrical layout is static and fixed, it may make even the tiniest of spaces feel bigger. Arranging the shelving and cabinetry in a symmetrical manner may give a little desk area presence and gravitas.

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