I'm having a general contractor build a house that I designed using
Broderbund's 3D Home Architect software. It's a 2-story colonial, or
maybe you'd call it a colonial revival. Here is a link to something
that is similar...
Our builder is very competent, but he's not very savvy when it comes to
traditional architecture. Most of his houses are basic ranches. He's
done some colonials and cape codes, and the workmanship is excellent,
but I've noticed some annoying shortcomings when it comes to design,
like the windows are not spaced uniformly, or he'll just leave out the
center window on the second story, or he won't allow the proper amount
of space between windows for shutters. I've mentioned some of these
things, and his comments have included, "We'll I'm not a big fan of
shutters, anyway." ...but this is a colonial!!! (Again, see the link
above for the traditional look I'm trying to accomplish.) Other
concerns include roof pitch, window trim, the front portico, door and
baseboard trim, etc.
So here's my question... Is there a book or online resource that I can
refer to for information about standards for colonial architecture,
like dimensions, proportions, window spacing, etc? I really want this
guy to build our house, but he just needs a little help to make sure he
doesn't overlook some important details that could make the house look
Please help. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.