Transitions in Building Use and Density

Setbacks, Material Changes and Architectural Styles allow the Wood-Framed Home to become a Transition from a Live/Work Unit to Detached Residential.

In South Main, I noticed one of the greatest transitions along the transect that I have seen.  Too often, the transition from attached homes, mixed-use commercial and live/work units to detached single-family is implemented awkwardly in new neighborhoods and TND’s.  That is not the case in South Main where details are thought out from both national architects with designs in South Main and from architects on-staff with South Main Company.  The following are some of my observations of the details that made the transition in the image possible so subtle and eloquent: 

1.  The material change between the brick live/work unit and the wood-frame home is abrupt and has a great deal of contrast, thereby giving the illusion of separation. 

2.  The setback of the home is enough that a large portion of the side of the brick building is exposed providing the illusion of separation between buildings. 

3.  The design of the porch of the wood-frame building is such that a gap in roof and ground plane is provided between the two buildings.

Related Posts:  South Main; Front Porch

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