W 1ST AVE STRATA
There are several strata buildings on this block of 1st Ave and I really wish I could do them all, rather than just these two. To me the before picture looks like the after-math of a nasty fist fight - everything's a mess! People get really obsessed with the idea of not painting flashing and gutters, they think they need to leave them white, you don't. Take a look at the two small balconies on the building on the left. Both the gutters and the flashing are white, it looks awful, everything looks chopped up. The eye goes to the lightest thing, so if you're breaking up your exterior with a lot of awful white flashing and gutters then that's what your drawing attention to. Do you really want to do that? I don't think you do. Then there's the two different roof colours, what were the architects thinking? It's as though no one ever stepped back and looked at these places. The first thing I said was, you either need to paint the metal roof above the brick strata or you need to replace it. Replace it they did and doesn't it make so much more sense now. Just as an FYI there's still a bit of flashing on those two balconies that are yet to be painted.
GETTING RID OF VISUAL CLUTTER BY PAINTING DOWN PIPES AND FLASHING
This project consisted of 24 townhouses and an apartment style condo building. As can been seen from the before picture these people were already living with colour, not shown in the before photo are other townhouses that were green. The first thing I noticed when I arrived was the incredible amount of down pipes and flashing that were running in so many different directions it almost made you dizzy. The key to this project was not only to paint those to match the body colour, but also to draw the eye to the inherent aspects of the architecture. In this case the gables. Three different body colours were used for the townhouses and two body colours for the apartment building. The same trim colour was used throughout to maintain consistency. All colours played more than one role. For example any gable colour was also a body colour. The same thing was done with the doors, owners were given the opportunity to chose their door colour based on any of the five body colours or the trim colour. They loved choosing their own door colour!