Guest Architect: JAY SCRUGGS Devereaux & Associates McLean, Va. 703 -893-0102 jscruggs@devereauxarch.com
Guest Architect: JAY SCRUGGS Devereaux & Associates McLean, Va. 703 -893-0102 jscruggs@devereauxarch.com

Q: I'm building in several communities where I face look-alike ordinances. How can I get enough variety in my elevations to meet the ordinance requirements without having to create additional floor plans? A: There are smaller changes one can make to vary elevations to a degree: changing window patterns and adding or subtracting dormers are two ways one can create a slight difference in a façade. However, these smaller changes are exactly that, and an overall view of a streetscape can still feel

To achieve a more significant variation in elevation, it is important to change the massing of the house and to introduce a broad palette of colors and cladding materials. A general adherence to stylistic detailing is also quite important and will usually dictate those qualities.

Below is a standard brick colonial elevation; on the next page are alternate designs based on the same floor plan.

BASIC COLONIAL: The classic five-over-four-and-a-door elevation can be a good starting point for other, more varied, façades. Alternating elevations is critical in communities with look-alike ordinances.
BASIC COLONIAL: The classic five-over-four-and-a-door elevation can be a good starting point for other, more varied, façades. Alternating elevations is critical in communities with look-alike ordinances.
VARIATIONS ON A THEME: A basic brick colonial can morph into a variety of elevations through the use of different roof types, strong colors, different window sizing, porches, and pop-outs.
VARIATIONS ON A THEME: A basic brick colonial can morph into a variety of elevations through the use of different roof types, strong colors, different window sizing, porches, and pop-outs.