Now, one of mine (and one that makes my skin crawl when it isn't followed) is that all materials must change at an interior corner. More specifically, under no circumstances do I think a "Hollywood Front" is acceptable. Yet, there it is on an alarming percentage of new homes built. Brick or fake stone spread onto the front facing surfaces of a house like peanut butter on bread.
Why is the garage worthy of stone?
Now, I doubt anyone thinks it's good design. (Though the way realtors tout a "brick front", I could be wrong.) I'm aware that it's an economic decision moreso than an aesthetic one. But if the pocketbook only allows a limited amount of stone or brick, it can be applied in better ways. Perhaps doing just a brick or stone at the foundation height--or extending it up to window sill height for a high watertable? Or just accenting one element (in the first photo, perhaps wrapping all three sides of that central gable at the front door?)
Spec homes and houses produced by mass-builders give us some particularly egregious examples of this sort of material abuse. Check this house out: a highly detailed front entry, full brick front, lots of ornamentation. But only on the front. Turn the corner and it is completely plastic and devoid of even simple window casing:
The front of this house has absolutely no relationship at all to the other three sides!
If automakers took the same approach to car design, we would all be driving around in this:
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