Infill homes should somehow blend in with their neighborhood. Unless they stand out as radically different (see for eg, those infills that look like oversize shoe boxes with plywood and bent metal exteriors).
I confess to being quite baffled about what works or doesn’t. Like porn, I know it when I see it (err, that didn’t quite come out the way I meant…). Which means it is subjective.
The house above sort of blends in. It’s the right width, and shape, but suffers from a garage door front (the city doesn’t regulate garage door frontages on single family homes). Nonetheless, there is a suggestion of a porch. The driveway dominates too much, but hey, at least they didn’t pave the “sidewalk” to the front door and use it as another parking pad(although I am a bit suspicious this might be coming in the spring, given how the planter and tree are pushed off to the side. Does the householder need 3 parking spaces?)
I had to look closely for a few moments before I realize what didn’t look true: there is no mortar between the bricks. They are nailed-on 2″ face bricks, attached rather like shingles. Or, another analogy, they are like stacked block retaining walls, compared to real stone.
Better than plastic siding. Better than monster home dimensions. The tiny tree in front left won’t provide much shade or screening.