Financial constraints did nothing to detract from the charm of this new home overlooking the Loch Raven Reservoir. To stay within the budget, the plan focused on what was most important to the client – a three-bedroom home that was contemporary with touches of farmhouse architecture. The new house was designed on a basic block footprint with a simple roofline and attached screen porch. Although the house is compact, the porches and vistas provide a sensation of expansiveness.
When every penny counts, details and material selection become critical. Small overhangs break-up the façade of the house and the use of hardiplank siding of different colors and textures and split-faced concrete block provide interest while keeping costs down. An architectural fiberglass roof was used to evoke the look of a metal roof at a fraction of the expense. Inside, quality details were applied where they would have the most impact. The entry and its stairway and the kitchen and family room feature more detailing while other rooms have less focus, another creative budget-saver.