Archive for April, 2012

Shingle style gambrel

Author: Travis Kinney





Shingle style gambrel


Shingle style gambrel



Shingle style gambrel

Garage with turret

Author: Travis Kinney

Here’s a garage I designed for a couple on the coast who live in a John Calvin Stevens house. They decided to add a turret to the design and here’s what I came up with.

The first drawing shows the front of the garage which matches their house. The passage double doors to the left are to a small bicycle shop. Notice the covered porch on left. This brings you to the side entrance where you can go up to the guest suite above the garage.

garage front

Here’s the side elevation with the turret added to the design. I’m also proposing a round window to the walk-in shower. Venting windows in bike shop are not he right and matching venting windows in circular stair below cupola to left. The third garage bay is the far left.

side of garage

The third garage bay has large sliding doors that open up to a deck. This elevation faces the family’s backyard and the ocean. The space will be used for outdoor entertaining.

back of garage

Patio storage room

Author: Travis Kinney


You never know what changes may occur during a construction project. After the retaining walls for the elevated patio were poured, the owners asked me what goes in that giant hole. I told them dirt. We need to fill it with sand and compacted crushed rock up to the top where we will install patio stones. They said they’d really like to use that space for storage. We discussed the difficulty in that, because we would have to pour a slab that would support the huge patio stones and also act as a watertight roof which will need steel beam supports.


patio retaining walls


I sketched this idea of making the patio storage room look like some of the old forts in the harbor.

original patio wall idea


Here is the same idea drawn in cadd with steel beams drawn.

cadd drawing


In this photo, you can see one of the steel beam poking up through the concrete and all the rebar and metal pan decking required for the slab support.

patio slab with reinforcing



Here it is today, with the slab poured and windows installed. There is a custom mahogany door being fabricated for opening at center of image. The custom door will have a window in it that matches these installed windows.

patio storage door



Close-up of veneer stone.

patio storage window



Here’s the storage space within. You can see the steel beams and metal deck that supports the structural slab above. Great storage room for outdoor furniture, sea kayaks etc.

patio storage interior

Daylight basement

Author: Travis Kinney



Below is a sketch plan of the daylight basement. The curve to the right is the elevated round patio. The door shown is to the storage space under the patio. There are large french doors to the basement with matching sidelights that allow in lots of lights and frames a great view of Peaks Island from within.


daylight basement plan



Because this end of the house is so tall, I’d like something that helps “step” it down with the grade. We have retaining walls coming off the patio to the right and left that follows the grade.I thought it would look great have some wing walls extend out from the house with a pair of large bronze lanterns. The gate to the left is part of the code required pool fencing. The deck surface in front of basement doors was to be teak, but it may end up being patio stones instead. The arched top door to the right provides access below the patio. There’s  a balcony at the  first floor level that connects the patios at front and rear of house and another balcony off the master suite at second floor.

Daylight basement sketch

Oval windows

Author: Travis Kinney




It was decided that the exterior casing on the oval window needed some extra depth. You can see the “existing” detail below and the “proposed” design (shown mirrored).

oval window

We also decided to add keystones. All the exterior trim is fabricated from Azek, so it will be really low maintenance.


oval window keystone



Here are the Azek quarter panels for the oval windows.

Azek oval window trim

And here are the Azek keystone.

Azek keystone


I don’t have a photo of the final installation, but should in a day or so.

Exterior trim

Author: Travis Kinney


It’s always difficult to add casing to windows that are grouped together. The head casing or crown casing on the flanking windows always looks a bit off when they are mitered back on themselves on top of the center window casing. Thing just down align properly, so look “off.”


One of the easiest solutions is to “picture frame” the exterior casing. So whatever trim profile is used on the side is also run across the top of the window. In the drawing below, there is a side casing detail that starts at the exterior sill and runs continuous, up and over, and down until it reaches the sill on far side. Problem is, it can look too plain, which as the case here. The GC installed the window with just that simple side casing and it looked plain. So we added the Ram’s head crown, and again had to run it continues to the opposite site. Even then, the arch top window begged for something further, so we added a crown to it. All of which is drag in elevation below.

Attic windows


Here’s the window again after the larger, more ornamental trim was added. The copper guy is adding his custom flashing to it before installing it again. Everyone was pleased with the look.


arch top window with copper flashing


Here it is installed. Nice shadow lines. Photo was taken as the beaver-tail shingles were being installed. There’s a wide white frieze against the building face that hasn’t been install yet. The windows look very plain, which is intentional, because stained glass panels will installed later. There’s no way I would specify plain windows like this.

attic window installed