Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Teardown 5 of 5 is done, stucco, Voysey & gables galore by Brad Heppner

They didn't tear it all down, they kept the garage.

Like it or not - it's the most interesting of the 5 teardowns in this series. I like it. It's bold yet it's in scale with its neighbors, high style in a smallish house.

It's a custom design by Brad Heppner (Bradley E Heppner Architecture, LLC.), 2333 square feet on 0.28 acres. That's a pretty big lot for Morningside but the slope is an issue.

Here is house 1 of 5, house 2 of 5, house 3 of 5, house 4 of 5, and house 5 of 5, house 6 of 5. house 7 of 5.

Full disclosure: Brad gave Things that Inspire, High Gloss Blue and me a tour of one his houses. It was a knockout. Brad tipped me off to this one so I could watch it go up. He sent me some elevations too.

Anyway, this one is not like the others.

And with this house Brad introduced me to Voysey who must have been a design polymath.

"There is no real secret to the roof pitch (16:12). Just maximizing the interior volume while being able to keep the eave lines low. Same reason for the double gable sides...break the side mass and keep the overall height in proportion to the neighboring homes. Take a look at the work of English architect C.F.A. Voysey (if you haven't already). This will have some signs of influence from his work...on a more modest budget." - Brad

Who knows what these 3 looked like originally? The one on the right is a 2007 teardown at 3,840 square feet. It's style might be our fashion for teardowns, they aren't building like that now.

I don't know why but this street is not very original at all. There are many teardowns and many more big renovations.

Perhaps the houses were weaker than average on lots that are bigger than average. Our "before" house is 3rd from the right.

This one had had big renovations too. There were additions on the back and in the attic. It had a garage on the front. very rare around here.

"the double gable sides...break the side mass"

"I have admired the work of CFA Voysey who was a British Arts and Crafts architect and designer practicing during the late 1800's and early 1900's. The projecting gable pediment is something that he used frequently as the cap to bay windows. We have a second projected gable like this on the rear of the house that is capping a bay window. I designed the front gable to project in the same manner (even though there isn't a bay) since the house faces due-west and there would otherwise be no protection to those windows. That and it provides further dimension to the front elevation." -Brad

They even kept the garage. I thought it was a law: teardowns MUST have a 2-car garage though it's often a struggle on narrow lots.

Here it is in context.

I'm fascinated by the sides which are usually boring in teardowns.

Here is a summer view of the south elevation.

The south elevation. Looks like there might be a cricket.

The north elevation.

The front facing gables. Bravo.

Here is house 1 of 5, house 2 of 5, house 3 of 5, house 4 of 5, and house 5 of 5, house 6 of 5. house 7 of 5.


  1. Was there a pool originally? In the satellite photo there seems to be a pool. If so did they keep it? I think that would be wonderful.
    This house is the best of the 5 in my opinion--it doesn't loom over it's neighbors and it's very interesting, design wise. So many "new builds" look alike.

    1. The pool is at the house on the left. House 4 or 5 doesn't loom either, it's visually separated from it's neighbors.

  2. Very interesting to read about the inspiration behind the house. Every house has a story, and when there is a talented architect behind the house the story is often quite fascinating.

    - Holly

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