The Language of Village Roots
Good architecture for Village Roots houses reduces square footage to allow for more detail. Instead of thinking of a house as a series of rooms, think of it as a sequence of places. That said, Village Roots has its own vernacular.
Instead of “development” Village Roots is a neighborhood. Instead of “conventional” Village Roots is built for the way we live. Instead of “master bedroom, living room and kitchen,” Village Roots offers spaces such as, living space, eating space. Instead of “den, spare room or office,” Village Roots offers an away room. Instead of “green,” Village Roots offers sustainable.
The Features of the Village Roots Neighborhood
Old Sycamore Lane is a new village public street with full maintenance provided by the village of Granville. Houses are positioned green side to view a common area that occupies more than one-third of the Village Roots property. Designated garden space for each house lets you grow food and, if desired, store it for later use in the barn’s root cellar. The barn features a south-facing greenhouse for seed starting and protection of tender plants, space for a carpentry shop where residents can combine their tools, and additional storage for those things you can’t yet part with. Pathways lead to the Rails to Trails bike path for easy biking access. Green space in perpetuity lies directly to the south on village well fields and a perennial stream runs year round on the property. It’s a 15- minute walk to downtown Granville or the Granville Market, 3-minute walk to Wildwood Park and the dog park.
The Features of Village Roots Houses
Exterior: Basements, partial or full. Deep, covered green side front porches. Courtyard, private garden, terrace. Detached two-car garage with covered walkway. Low maintenance fiber-cement board siding. Solar panels. Double-glazed low-e windows. Space for an umbrella clothesline.
Interior: Creative integrated storage and use of space. Complete living space on the first floor. Energy and water-efficient appliances and fixtures, including tankless hot water heater. Solid core three-foot wide doors for aging in place needs.
Village Roots homes will be highly detailed without the need for extensive modifications. If home buyers want to explore other materials or space options, the skilled architect and builder can help you take your home design to the next level of customization.
The Neighborhood Plan
Green space and gardens. An original Mail Pouch barn, saved from destruction to be re-erected on site. The bike path. Pathways and sidewalks. A new pubic street. Generous lot sizes with maintenance provided by the HOA. Beautiful landscaping, right sized for efficient solar. The Old Sycamore Preserve, a place to admire.
Houses in Village Roots will represent traditional Bungalow colors with an exterior wall color, a trim color and an accent color. The color pallet is selected from the Benjamin Moore historic paint selections. Village Roots Bungalows feature selected colors in different combinations that are true to traditional American Bungalows. The images below show some of the possible color combinations.