This is a home designed and built in the 1960s that is undergoing renovation. It is located in Jacksonville, Florida, approximately 1 kilometer from the ocean and 200 meters from the intercoastal waterway. It is situated in a residential neighborhood of modest-sized homes. The lot it sits on is approximately 1530 square meters in size. The lot has many large trees nearby and the house receives some direct sunlight but for a significant amount of the day is partially shaded by tall trees.
The existing condition of the house is adequate.
The problem is the design of the façade is very dated and boring. In addition, I am going to convert the existing carport, which is now entered through the rear of the house, to a traditional two-car garage entered through the front. The most important aspect of this project, however, is to create a redesign of the entire façade of the house, incorporating new garage doors to the left side of the front where the carport now exists, and to improve the appeal of the house. Design directions I have contemplated would be either more modernistic or more of a coastal/beach esthetic.
I would like to redesign the front exterior of the house to make it more contemporary and appealing. My style preferences are modern or coastal/beach styles, however, I am open to other design directions. Important to the new design will be the addition of 2 single-wide garage doors to access the carport space now enclosed behind the front brick wall on the left side of the house. I will likely execute good ideas that I see coming from this project and could possibly elect to work with the winning designer on additional details. Specific recommendations of brand/manufacturer of windows, doors and other building materials would be most welcome as a part of this exercise.
1) I want to create 2 garage doors where the current carport is located. These doors will require the demolition of all or a part of the brick wall that currently encloses the carport (whose rear wall is now at the front of the house).
2) I would like to minimize any major structural work, the basic external dimensions of the house should remain the same.
3) The current brick material is, in my opinion, part of the design problem and should either be refaced with another material or eliminated. The structural supports now in place over the brick wall must be also redesigned or reconfigured.
4) I am open to replacing the windows with a design that supports the new design concept, but would prefer to utilize the current size openings. Also, of course, the new garage door design must be consistent with the window design chosen and the other important elements of the design. As we are in a humid climate with year-round air conditioning, vinyl, fibreglass or aluminum are the best choices for window/doors.
5) I am open to a new exterior surface in a new material but would prefer to simply repaint if possible.
6) The roof is standard black shingle and still has serviceable life. Its replacement is desired but due to budgetary considerations may have to be postponed for a second phase of remodeling. A metal roof would be an obvious choice and is not uncommon in the neighborhood. I would not like the entire design to be dependent on a metal roof, however, as I may not have the budget for that investment at this time.
7) I contemplate carrying the frontal design to the remainder of the exterior of the house, but do not need any of the other elevations redesigned at this point, only the frontal elevation.
8) I am open to eliminating the existing shutters that are currently only cosmetic and are not functional if that would improve the appearance of the house.
The most important criterion will be the most appealing design for the least amount of money. Maximizing the design impact by focusing on the easiest and least costly building elements to change will be very important. Ease of execution and specificity of recommendation of doors, windows and other building elements will also be a factor in the selection.
An eye-level view, preferably in full color, delivered, along with the descriptions of the building materials and colors selected. Availability of the building materials selected in my marketplace (USA) will be important.