I have just purchased this 1994-built home in New England. The front of the house feels very boxy. I’d like to come up with a creative solution to make it more visually appealing. I have attached several photographs and some floor plans that were prepared to market the house, but are not actual blueprints. I estimate the width of the front façade to be about 75 feet.
The far right corner of the front of the house (living room) is 44 feet from the street in a zoning area with 40 foot setbacks. The far left corner of the front of the house (garage) is approximately 50 feet from the street. As a result, the addition of a farmer’s porch to any portion of the front façade will be significantly limited by that front setback.
I’d like to come up with a solution as inexpensively as possible, but if the right solution requires more money I will consider it. More specifically, if painting and landscaping and nominal construction could fix this for $10-15K, that would be great. Alternatively, if there was a spectacular solution that might be three times that amount, I would consider it, but $40-45K is my upper limit on the cost of this project.
The main portion of the hip-roof attic has a lot of room for expansion (see area highlighted in red on Photo 6 and in green on one of the blueprints). The roof is quite steep and the collar ties are about 8 feet above the 2nd floor ceiling joists and could go higher. As a result, solutions that incorporate one or more dormers in the roof would be considered. I have not yet figured out the best way to add a stairway to the attic. There is presently a pull-down set of stairs in the 2nd floor hallway. Creating a stairway solution is not part of the scope of this project but if a designer wants to propose one, that would be great.
I would also consider adding a stone or synthetic stone veneer from the ground coming up, say, 3 feet or so across some or all of the front façade, or perhaps higher on a segment of the front façade. If a solution required changing the two story arc over the front door and the windows underneath it, I would consider that as well.
The maximum height limit in the zoning area is 35 feet. I don't know how close the current roof peak is to that limit, but I suspect it is close given the steepness of the roof pitch.
We will live in the house during construction, but the house is big enough that we can segregate off areas during construction.
A creative solution that greats a “wow” front façade is priority one.
Coming up with the least costly solution is priority two, within the stated budget.