Friday, December 23, 2011

A Rather Massive Roof

Well the hip was 'Piddley', and some said it was like a chunk cut out from the roof.  I personally liked it, and the reduction in mass it offered but we were also encouraged to make a simple, single gable.  Here is the result.  Still don't see any connection to the neighbours, as per the recent comment in the last post, but that is a tougher issue, perhaps, and will be worked on soon.

The taller, and more massive gable struck me as elegantly simple, though it gives the building a more serious air, compared to the cuter three-part roof.  One major excitement is the improved solar angle and the now much larger surface for solar PV modules, which are way down in price right now at about $1.73 per watt, with the required Canadian content.  I'd love to have the entire roof covered with panels, but the sizing is not working out qutie yet.  The west facade is rather plain and needs work too.

1 comment:

  1. It's your custom house. It should reflect your preferences and desires, otherwise why bother? If you prefer a piddly hip roof, put in a piddly hip roof!

    Remember that the readers of your note have limited information about the project. They respond to a single image from a rather odd perspective (why do you care what your house looks like from the second floor window across the street?).

    From that perspective, the project's main potential strength seems to be its simplicity and potential purity of form. If you enforce that purity and then detail the project nicely it could be striking.

    But if stark simplicity is not you, then decide what is and enact it!