Friday, June 22, 2007

curb appeal - the teal townhouse



Here you are - the teal townhouse.

This one is just off Commercial Dr. I give them a "C" for the effort to spare the aesthetic of the neighbourhood, but there is something "off" with it. It looks as if it has been transplanted from the East Coast somewhere - Halifax or St.John's. That's not a bad thing, but I can't quite give it the solipsist seal of approval.

The dormer-on-dormer is interesting, even bold, but they could have more, and larger, dormer windows on the front - which would have made it look a little less stark IMHO. The entrance treatment on the left unit is a bit odd. It would have been nicer without the blind dormer (gable, whatever), and a big covered porch. Might as well tear it down and start over.

I know - I'm a nit-picker, but I just don't get the lack of imagination and attention in the construction of these new places. It is much better than the new Vancouver Specious (which I am dubbing manifestations such as the mandarin monster) though.

And what's with the ersatz rock everywhere these days?

Gack. This is turning into the Architectural Digest. It's kind of like a critique of the Hyundai Pony (easy to find fault with). The difference is - Hyundai Ponies were cheap, and these houses are really, really expensive.

4 comments:

Patiently Waiting said...

I kinda like 'em. I'd buy one for about 300K.

What is ersatz rock make out of? And how is it cheaper than...well...rock?

jesse said...

It's nice but the windows are really small. Windows used to be small because they were difficult to build. Now there's no excuse.

solipsist said...

I kinda like 'em. I'd buy one for about 300K.

What is ersatz rock make out of? And how is it cheaper than...well...rock?


I'd pay $150k - since I'm sure it's strata, and I'm sure it has shared walls too.

Fake stone is likely made from lime, sand, etc., but I can't be authoritative on that. I do know that it looks...fake.

Try this link to cultured stone. Is it so much cheaper? Again, I can't say, but if you can't afford real stone, why bother? You could hire me to trompe l'oeuil stone @ $75/hr., but nobody seems to bother with that. It must be cheap.

It's nice but the windows are really small. Windows used to be small because they were difficult to build. Now there's no excuse.

My sentiments exactly. There is no excuse.

Dave said...

The worst thing about this house, besides it being a fake historical style, is the pointless gables. The main thing that gives away fake craftsman houses as being fake are the numerous pointless gables they tack onto houses. I'm obviously not a fan of fake architecture, but this is actually far from the worst I've ever seen.