But could I do any better, I wondered? This became something of an obsession. To start, there had to be some parameters since there was not client program. The following is what I settled on:
For this first design, Avenue G Contemporary, I designed a two story home. I like this solution over a ranch as it provides a smaller footprint. The materials help express the simple massing of the building rather than offering mere decoration. These include a board and batten wood siding, masonry brick and then a zinc metal panel system wrapping the box element at the front.
As you'll see, I didn't include an attached garage on this particular model. I played around with providing a single, or a two-car or even a tandem garage but it took over the front elevation. I felt having a front porch was more important, so I settled on a freestanding, detached garage for this design.
I realize a contemporary home isn't for everyone but I wonder how this measures up. How did I do? Give me some input to help inform the next one!