In my first meeting with architects Eric and Andy (Carney Logan Burke Architects), they asked about my stylistic preferences, invoking the idea of a stylometer for gauging client style. Since I had picked them in part because I liked the houses they had designed for themselves, I was pretty confident the stylometer would give similar readings for us. Here is what I can articulate about my own stylistic preferences, to which I’ll add a few points which Eric and Andy brought to the table and to which I’ve come to subscribe.
My style elements (which were shared entirely by Eric and Andy):
- Relatively narrow forms with a largely East-West main axis.
- Simple building forms.
- Really simple roofs with deep eaves.
- Lots of glass to the South.
- Natural, low-maintenance materials.
- Open floor plans.
Additional style elements articulated by Eric and Andy, to which I’ve come to subscribe:
- Thin roof edges (a thin brim to the hat).
- Use of honest, western materials.
- Two or more connected basic forms.
- Open stairs adjacent to a vertical window wall.
- Windows extending to floor level.
- Bump outs with portal windows to define sub-areas within large open spaces.
A few houses with some or all of these elements (details can be seen on the CLB Architects site):