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Uneven roof pitches and cornice returns

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Hi everyone! I'm in dire need of your guys' help. Our architect (who has left our newly designed house with a bevy of problems) designed our house with two 6:12 gables above the garage and laundry room and one 10:12 gable above the entry way. On top of the visual discord, this is also going to create some pretty serious drainage issues where the roof peaks meet the rest of the house. I wasn't bothered by it at first, but now the difference is really starting to get to me. We ended our relationship with the architect as he refused to offer help to resolve the many mistakes he made. As of now, the whole house will be done in Hardishake shingles (so no clapboard as shown in rendering). I'm looking for ways to possibly resolve this visually without going back and rebuilding the pitches so they look the same. One idea I had was to sort of blend roof styles by doing the two roof peaks on the left (the lower pitches) with a full cornice return across the entirely of the gable (right above the garage doors, for example), and making doing a smaller cornice return on the porch entry. The picture below describes this visually better than I can verbally. Any help would be SO appreciated. Thank you.​


IMO you are proposing more (post #212370, reply #1 of 3)

IMO you are proposing more inconsistency to hide a gable inconsitency.

Having different gable ends will (again IMO) be much more noticable then the pitch change above the entry. If its the pitch change that bothers you, why not just re pitch the entry?

HI there,  Personally, I much (post #212370, reply #2 of 3)

HI there,  Personally, I much prefer the original drawing to the example you are showing.  It is not uncommon to have different roof pitches on one side of a house.  The steeper pitch draws your eye to the focal point and calls out the front door of the home.  This entrance usually gets special treatment so as to announce to visiters where to go.  It looks like the front door has pilasters, or more built up trim to accenuate this.  It appears that the house is long and low, and needs different elements to break up the facade.  That was probably the reasoning behind the different roof pitches and the change in siding materials on the gable ends.  If you were to connect the roofs as you proposed you would add a lot of visual mass (large wall of siding, or roof shingles if a hip= boring), that would look too heavy in my opinion.  As for the drainage, you will definitely want to capture all the water coming down the 2 valleys in gutters and send it far away from the foundation.   The plan as is, to me, looks well-considered in terms of massing and scale.  I wouldn't change the roof lines at all.