I've inherited an ugly old former variety store building that's vacant there is an apartment below, not visible because the building is built on a steep hill). It's at 487 Victoria Street in Dalhousie, New Brunswick Canada and it can be clearly seen on Google Streetview. The whole front of the building needs to be rebuilt due to rot (it's built on bedrock), then it will be re-insulated. Inside is an empty box open concept that may be used for retail or commercial office space or a live/work studio (there is a staircase inside leading to the downstairs suite). That means that the whole front can be re-imagined - new windows, doors and door location, and siding materials. Eventually the roof will be replaced and the wood front door overhang can be removed or kept, so suggestions on roofing colour/style welcome but not a core item. The façade faces south. Work will start within the next month. Energy efficiency is important. The building is 38'x22', wood frame, built originally in the 1940s.
I want to create an inviting and warm new storefront flexible enough to be used for office or retail space. I'm looking for a sketch - doesn't have to be exact - to re-energize the building. Main concern is window/door size and location but also façade materials are important. Materials must be commonly available (e.g fiber cement board or panels, corrugated metal, vinyl siding etc.). Window/door sizes should be stock and door width should allow for wheelchair accessibility. Single/double door options both OK.
The next door (apartment building),which is part of the property, will be re-faced with fibre cement board panels (Finex brand) mainly in natural grey for a somewhat west coast/industrial look. The old variety store sign can stay or go (probably go).