The owners of this home find that the façade of their house is a little plain. Would it be possible to spruce it up with a limited budget?

To do so, they can simply add on a few simple decorative elements, at a reasonable cost.
The owners of this home find that the façade of their house is a little plain. Would it be possible to spruce it up with a limited budget?

To do so, they can simply add on a few simple decorative elements, at a reasonable cost.

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Colour photo of the house before the project

The house before the ornamentation integration project.

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1- Make the most of certain elements to highlight the porch and openings
Shutters and flower boxes give the windows a warm country look and make them stand out. Wide decorative posts on the porch frame the doors and windows without blocking them. Their 125 mm (5 inch) width is proportional to the façade dimensions. Curved decorative boards on the front edges of the porch roof add style to the façade. Simple mouldings above the windows, about 100 mm (4 inches) high, add a little style. 2- Choose shutters that are proportionally correct
To get the most out of your windows and shutters:
If you choose to install this type of ornament, you should do so for all the windows. Each shutter should cover half of the window, so that both cover the entire window when closed By varying models and colours, it is easy to renew the look of a house. If you prefer wood shutters, they come in a wide variety of colours, and can be repainted anytime you like. As wi Read More
1- Make the most of certain elements to highlight the porch and openings
  1. Shutters and flower boxes give the windows a warm country look and make them stand out.
  2. Wide decorative posts on the porch frame the doors and windows without blocking them. Their 125 mm (5 inch) width is proportional to the façade dimensions.
  3. Curved decorative boards on the front edges of the porch roof add style to the façade.
  4. Simple mouldings above the windows, about 100 mm (4 inches) high, add a little style.
2- Choose shutters that are proportionally correct
To get the most out of your windows and shutters:
  1. If you choose to install this type of ornament, you should do so for all the windows.
  2. Each shutter should cover half of the window, so that both cover the entire window when closed
  3. By varying models and colours, it is easy to renew the look of a house. If you prefer wood shutters, they come in a wide variety of colours, and can be repainted anytime you like.
  4. As with shutters, flower boxes should have proper dimensions. They should be the same width as the windows, or slightly narrower.
  5. There are countless types of flower boxes - as many as there are types of flowers... use your imagination!
Final Result
Simply adding shutters and flowers boxes to this house gives it a renewed traditional look at a reasonable cost.

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Sketch of a house with ornament elements indicated

  1. Shutters and flower boxes
  2. Wide decorative posts on the porch
  3. Curved decorative boards
  4. Simple mouldings above the windows

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Sketch of proportional shutters

Proportional shutters

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Sketch of shutter models

Shutter models

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Sketch of proportional flower boxes

Proportional flower boxes

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Colour photo of flower box types

Flower box models

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Colour photo of the house after the ornamentation project

The house following the ornamentation integration project.

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • describe the evolution of homes in Canada and the architectural influences that have marked them;
  • compare house styles and materials used in the past with those used today, then identify similarities and differences between them;
  • assess the impact of some materials on the environment and the manufacturing (and architectural style) of houses;
  • explain the influence of history (for example: the Conquest, the Confederation) on the architectural style and its evolution.

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