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Scene From the Street: What’s Wrong With This Picture?

What is missing here?

What is missing here?

Out on my daily walk around a golf course community, I watched this Craftsman house being built. I watched it being framed and plastered and sided. I watched the windows go in and the roof go on. (This is the back of the house, the angle I see from the walking path.)

All the while, seeing that it had Craftsman architecture, I looked forward to the day when stone facing would grace the bottom of those distinctive tapered columns, and perhaps on the bottom of the walls as well.

But when the house was finished, the stone did not appear, though a “for sale” sign did. It may have been a “spec” house. The builder may have run out of money. I’m not sure if it ever sold. It sits vacant to this day.

My very strong feeling is that this house needs stone. It’s crying out for it. And so to help the owner (who may very well be reading this blog), I’ve taken the liberty of photographing four different types of stone facing I’ve seen my walks. They are below.

If this was your house, and you were charged with choosing the desperately needed stone facade, which of the following four styles would you select?

Which goes best on this Craftsman house?

Which goes best on this Craftsman house?

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