As a Victorian architect I like to use vintage equipment. Like pens.
Drawing by hand clears the mind and details often just resolve themselves with a series of quick sketches. They don’t have to be beautiful, but they often end up that way just by focusing on what joins to what, where and how. Thus one was sent to a door manufacturer. By email. I can do that too, when I want to.
I saw this one in Solihull on a client visit. The black timber and basket weave brickwork creates a nice pattern around the entrance but I most like the roofs and windows. Here we have, from left to right oriels (windows that hang out there outside the wall line) a tall leaded glass portrait window to the entrance-and-stairs hallway (which breaks the floor line to show you that it lights the stairs), then a stone window with dormer above and then a pair of bays – tall at the bottom, short at the top. Going back to the black painted garage doors are four lovely diamond windows. So, a nice selection. Now onto the roofs. We can see at first glance a lot of roofy action – gables, hips at different heights and a dropped eaves at the little dormer window. Look again and the builders have been a bit smart and they have kept the roof lines running throughout for both the main roof and the gables – whoever designed this knew that they would be asked to draw up the rafter plan and set the pitches. The gables are achieved by stepping forward a section of wall to form a bay and the rafters built up off the side walls – but look how low the roof comes down over the stairs – he doesn’t need the headroom of a first floor room. He brings forward another bay for the porch – but the top gable roof runs all the way down to the porch wall – you try it on your next project! the dropped eaves above the basket weave is usually achieved by stepping forward the wall so that the roof reaches down further to reach it (or rather comes up from a lower level). You can see a little return wall in the bay. The house plan – what we can see of it – is a long rectangle with just a couple of bays at the front to create interest – but the builder has done a lot with what he has here. Good job!
Sketches for a scheme of two houses. This is a good sketch, as far as I am concerned. The first floor stairs come out on the attic level into the tall rear wing, which also houses a little bathroom. There is no dormer to the loft room, the eaves are used as storage rooms. The main bedroom at the first floor is the biggest room, but because of the way the windows are placed, the house could be made into a compact (!) four bed, or you could include a little office room facing the street.
Work on the 1925 house is underway. Soon it will have a kitchen, utility room and a heating system. Which is good.