Exterior - Front of home
Use potted plants as dots. Hedges that fan 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 the symmetrical massing and window pattern.
You’d like to reduce watering or other maintenance costs. A front yard renovation can be a prime opportunity to consider which site elements can be made more ecologically sustainable. New plantings and lawn alternatives can help your new front yard conserve water. Strategically placed trees can help reduce cooling costs in summer by shading your home, and heating costs in winter by blocking wind.
The look as grown on me though and I can appreciate both styles. All of the windows and doors on this front elevation are wrapped in cast stone. We will generally use cast stone on all front elevations or on any high profile areas. I do think that you can tell a difference between cast stone, limestone and stucco.
From the hipped roof and chimneys to the dormers and window placement, everything about this design makes us focus on the middle, or center line. By drawing our eye to the center and then up to the Palladian window, the front of this house appears prominent, elegant and, yes, static.