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Or add a skylight or two.
Better yet, for a really open, bright and elegant room, take the windows closer to the ceiling line, as in this room.
5. The Palladian window. Surely, Palladio would weep if he saw just how ubiquitous and poorly scaled his namesake window has become. It's not that these aren't terrific windows, it's just that they've become a cliché.
Solution (shown): Look at using a Palladian window in context. Properly scaled and detailed, this window can be quite elegant and historically correct, as in this example.
9. Cookie-cutter garage doors. Why is it that no matter the style of house, the garage door invariably is the double-wide, raised-panel?
Solution (shown): With so many options available, garage doors that fit with the home's architecture, as in this example, are definitely possible.
10. Weak eaves. The place where the roof and outside wall meet should show detail and craft. It is, after all, where the two major outside structural elements intersect.
Solution (shown): Rather than using a standard 8-inch soffit with a perforated vinyl skin and a K-style gutter, look for ways to extend the roofline and introduce rafter tails, as in this example.