Greek Revival Addition to a Vermont Farmhouse

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The original house is a fairly new addition to a huge old horse barn. The addition to the addition seeks to correct a number of plan layout and massing issues. The first addition has vinyl siding and poorly proportioned trim and windows which we are addressing.
farmhouse addition 1

here it is on YouTube

Greek revival is a bit tricky. There are definite sets of rules about proportions and scale relating to the overall as well as the minute details of trim. Most modern quasi-Greek Revival houses whether architect designed or ticky tacky houses in a former cow pasture ignore these rules and it shows. This is probably an example of ignorance is bliss. Most people look at them and say “oh how lovely” Having studies this sort of thing, I see what’s wrong. In reality the style is a copy of an interpretation. Something gets lost in each translation. If you are going to do it at least learn the rules of the game. This model helps me see if I got certain things right or if it may not be possible.

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  1. This just in..
    I just got a new book by Marianne Cusato -I’m a big fan – called “Get Your House Right” which is most helpful. I recommend any builder or architect involved with traditional style houses get this book.
    http://mariannecusato.com/Site_3/MarianneCusato.com.html

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