Go drive down Maxwell and tell me the enormous home under construction that cantilevers out over the double-wide driveway leading to a two-car garage is “in character” with the neighborhood. It’s freaking huge and dwarfs everything around it.
Putting a couple tapered columns on the front porch doesn’t make something that wide “fit” with surrounding buildings. The scale of craftsman architecture breaks down when you try and force it onto a 5 bedroom, 3 story home. — “Red92S, July 26, 2012.
… it’s hardly “in character” with the neighborhood, and I think it’s pretty offensive. Adhering to building ordinances does not make something automatically kosher. That thing would never get off the page if the lot were in the MAK district, which in my opinion would have been a much preferable situation. I’m sure agents working in the area love these huge things and the commission checks that come along with them. Hard to fault anyone personally benefiting from this development for being in favor of it’s continuation. It’s obviously a product people want, I just wish it didn’t have to come at the expense of older homes. — “Red92S, July 29, 2012.
It’s interesting to compare comments like those Red92s left at the http://www.city-data.com site to how builder Arlene Dean describes her work and its relationship to the existing built environment:
No matter the style, utmost consideration for the existing neighborhood ensures that Arlene Dean always complement as well as enhance the streetscape. — Arlene Dean Quality Homes Website.