This infill on Eccles is now occupied. The occupants had it designed and built for themselves. You can read about it on their blog www.37Eccles.com. The scale is compatible with other buildings on the street.
Personally, I like many of the homes built in this style, with exterior plywood panels and metal siding. Actually, I prefer corrugated metal siding rather than the smooth stuff, but that’s just me. Does anyone know the name of this architectural style? I call it shoebox, because that is what it reminds me of, a stack of shoeboxes. But that doesn’t sound very complimentary, so please educate me.
The owners worked around the large tree, which is good; but the driveway is huge and as shown above, the front sidewalk is really just another parking space. This hides the front door which is already understated, below the mini-balcony opening off the living room. I might also quibble about the windows: there is minimal engagement with the street, most of them are high to let in light but block out the street. I think urban neighborhoods work better when householders supervise the street while peds get their jollies looking in the windows. Speaking of jollies, there is a very private third floor roof deck tucked between “wings” of the house, for those seeking no tan lines.
The rough, unfinished concrete panel to the left of the garage conflicts me. The rough texture is a contrast to the other surfaces, but it still looks somehow too crude and unfinished for my liking. I guess I would my rough stuff refined.