The design of the facade for 2634 W Belden looks to create a home that stands-out within the neighborhood without feeling out of place. The design uses simple inexpensive materials, although using them in different adaptations, in order to create a contemporary counterbalance to the traditional homes in the area.
The two main materials used in the facade are Fiber Cement Boards (Hardie Reveal Panel System is an inexpensive option) and wood lap siding. The difference is that unlike other panels and siding in the neighborhood, the project does not use paint, but rather allows for the natural colors and texture of the material become the palette. Similarly, the lap siding is oriented vertically instead of the typical horizontal positioning in order to accentuate the height of the home.
Landscaping is an important part of the design, with several planters integrated into the facade. This measure not only provides a connection who the exterior, but also provides an aesthetically pleasing soft barrier between the street and the home. In a similar manner, the western facade is covered by two different green walls, which could be watered with collected rainwater.
Designed features are also sown into the facade's fabric. A built-in mailbox is a part of the front facade, while atop of the stairs leading to the entryway, a bench allows for a great place to sit down and take off ones muddy boots during the Chicago winters. On the back yard, a deck surrounded by planters provides for a perfect extension of the dinning and living room to the exterior.
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