HOUSES AND HOMES

Some houses are easily recognized as having a particular style, while others may have some character that resembles a specific style. Blueprints avail­able, 800-322-6797. Still others may have character taken from different styles. As always, the landscape designer needs to be objective about the house style and remove his/her own personal opinions from any decisions about what is appropriate. This is quite an easy concept to comprehend. It may also be necessary to research that style in order to become familiar with patterns and details that are common to that style. You would see distinctive wall coverings, paint, carpet, tile, furniture, wall hangings, curtains, and so on. Whatever the style, it is critical that the landscape

Greek Revival Style

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Some houses have a recog­nizable and specific architec­tural style and therefore dis­tinctive character. Landscape designers who pay attention to each house’s special features will find that new ideas for forms and patterns of proposed design elements will occur (see Chapters 10 and 12). This attention will help blend the house with the site. So although there may be two or more houses that have the same layout and house character, there are no two homes that are the same. As stated earlier, houses come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and character. This will help the designer to develop a landscape design that is reflective and re­sponsive to the architectural character. The relation­ship between an owner and a house gives rise to a home, a unique place for a unique individual or family. It’s not easy to drive through a neighborhood and find two houses exactly the same. Houses come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and character. There are many books that identify and show various architectural styles, in­cluding some that specifically illustrate the architecture of American houses. STYLE VERSUS NO STYLE
Different people like different things. And some can be seen to have no evi­dence of any style. Design #N2979 (top), Design #N3382 (middle), and Design #N2975 (bottom) © Home Planners. Not all houses are built in a recognizable style of archi­tecture. Georgian Style

designer recognize that each house is unique with its own materials and material pat­terns, proportions, roof types and slopes, window and door patterns and trim, columns, railings, dormers, cornices, and chimneys. Owners want their houses to be unique in some way. So, when something comes in a variety of styles, colors, textures, forms, or sizes, the diversity of that something is
likely to attract different people. It’s on that character that landscape designers need to focus attention, not necessarily on the actual style. Different people have varied person­alities, occupations, hobbies, preferences, monetary resources, and so on. Different styles of architecture attract different people to those styles.

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