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I am planning an addition to my house. FYI, the house is about 30 feet long with an attached garage. The addition would be a 1 storey spanning the back of the house minus the garage; cctually extending the dining room and living room by about 10 feet (picture enclosed). At the same time, i want to refresh the look of the house as a whole. The house has a black roof and is sided with red/maroon canexel. Picture is also included.  

I really like blending different materials, colors and textures together. I am looking at fusion stone which is a veneer stone you hang on exterior walls ( I am even considering an addition in a whole different color (white clapboard perhaps).

My questions to you are:

1. Does the addition "proposed model/type" fit with the design? Any advice?
2. What color could you recommend for the addition?
3. What could i do the freshen the overall look of the house (stone walls with accents), etc...

Hi Stephane,

The addition at the back sounds like a nice idea. I like the photo of the mostly white addition with lots of glass. I think that look would help soften the back of the house. I am not sure what to do about the garage piece though. It seems quite massive, and with few windows it looks even more massive. From the front, the small windows with a lot of brick above look out of proportion to the house. Maybe try to hide some of this with landscaping, like trees. That might at least soften it up.

I could also see this house with the brick painted a warm grey color. Here is an example (although house has shingles and brick):

That might make the house look so 'heavy' and help the addition and white windows blend in with the brick and red siding.  I hope this helps.

Good luck!

Nazim Nice
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I am a Seattle Architect and can answer architecture and design related questions. Ask me about material suggestions or usage. Ask me about design options - what is good design and what is bad. Ask me about choosing exterior house colors and furniture layout options. Ask me about detailing and assembling houses or components in the home. Ask me about green design or materials. Ask me about choosing an architect, the architectural services, basement remodels, second story additions, and whole house remodels. Ask me about garage design, bathroom remodels, laundry and mudroom design, family room additions, and roof deck additions.


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