Elevation Detail

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BEFORE THE ARCHITECT THE BIG HOME PLAN PICTURES

HOME DRAWING

MAJOR PLAN SETS, COUNTRY FRENCH

ELEVATIONS - NOTES, ROOF EAVE LINES

Elevation Detail, in PDF

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The Commentary section of this sheet speaks to the general purpose of the sheet - essentially what the home designers themselves chose among options in specifying and home drawing the roof profiles. The motivation of AG and Mrs. AG here was to begin to impress upon both owners and buyers that this roof system is complex: over 30 segments, 7 slopes from near 4:12 to over 16:12, several 3 roof slopes to be derived onsite; 6 different-sized round tops; three skylights; one absolutely humongous roof cricket.

In that context, extremely serious consideration must be made about how to design roof profiles at their eaves. Trade-offs must be made in respecting style and in respecting overall appearance.

The Country French style is forgiving. We can run soffits high, medium, and low on sidewalls and conform. To have done otherwise, i.e., forced equal, relative elevations at the eaves (by holding them steady to a given height) would have forced us into soffits of extraordinarily variant widths...not in-style.  We could even vary soffit depth if it interested us, which it didn't.  But it might interest others subsequently, and that's one of the good reasons for home drawing these sections.

We kept soffits (and overhangs) to 1' overall, letting soffit intersections with wall lines to the laws of geometry.

Indeed, the cheap, short-cut compromise to this roof eave conversation is one we see frequently among tasteless home design and home building in even the best of neighborhoods and in the best of magazines, work done by the best of home designers and home builders: hold a Country French roof system to a single slope, and hold the eaves to a single level on the horizontal.  It's akin to Country French Levittown.  To our eyes: cheap, ugly, tasteless, screams stooopid.

And surely, this sheet puts the framers on report that this isn't going to be their father's roof job.

Please note at the foot of this sheet is the legend for exterior finishing to follow in each of the 5 sheets addressing elevations.  The AG and Mrs. AG wanted very much to get this schedule and 2 others on each of the elevation sheet, in order to avoid shifting sheets back and forth to figure out what's going on, but there was not enough room on each sheet and moving up to ARCH E (48"x36") size would mean so much more paper to  handle...the AG's never been fond of ARCH E - so big it's inconvenient to take in the sheet as a whole, stand back to see it all and get close to read what's there, zoom in and out and in - but with houses this size, it's almost as hard to acceptably get necessary and sufficient information on a given sheet.

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