The norm with single-family houses is that the substance on a single altitude “turns the corner” into another. Think of wood siding or brick or even glass; if it is on the front, most likely it is also on the side. Variations occur, such as in urban settings once more money is invested on the front elevation and side elevations are close to their neighbors.
But occasionally a substance on a single side of a home stops and another substance takes its location round the corner. As the following examples show, it is never as simple as stopping one substance and starting another; transitions will need to occur, whether for aesthetic issues, means of construction or some other reason.
This original home exhibits what might be the easiest change in substances: siding on one side along with stucco on the other. A vertical cut piece on the corner covers the siding and creates for a minimum transition involving substances. The shift in substance can also be a change in color: dark green on the side and light green on the back.
O + C 674
This home in Bogota, Colombia, shows how a substance wrapping from wall to roof (and even to the floor) can act as a transition between other substances. The thick dark corners (painted concrete?) Adhere to the borders between wood panels and stucco.
Cor-Ten steel siding covers this front facade. What interests us here is that the narrow strip on the right side, between the front door and the corner. A light-colored strip at the corner indicates that something else is happening around the corner.
A slightly different angle and a glossier substance are evident around the corner. Cor-Ten gives way to glass.
The extended side altitude, seen here in a vertical view to the previous photo, shows the glass completely. Translucent glass (on the other hand) is adjacent to the Cor-Ten, while to the right that the glass becomes apparent.
Davignon Martin Architecture
This home has brick walls placed at one end, requiring a change from glass and wood to masonry. The architect lasted the precast concrete suffering in the roof down the side, which makes a thickened transition involving substances. From the distance you can see how this same detail caps a freestanding brick wall defining part of the courtyard.
Front of this two-unit townhouse in Seattle has a couple of materials: metal, wood, glass. Of note this is your crook-like metallic projection of the roof, assembly a narrow wood strip on the right.
The narrow wood strip makes the shift between wood on the side along with the huge metal and window onto the front.
The rear elevation functions similarly to the front, except the metallic extension of the roof reaches closer to the floor.
The projection of the metal makes the transition between metal and wood siding, while also developing a solid shadow line.
Genesis Architecture, LLC.
Deep projections also occur in this home in Wisconsin. Wood siding bookends glass and corrugated metal, some of which is put back for shading.
Genesis Architecture, LLC.
This view shows how the wood turns the corner 180 degrees and then meets the glass and metal at an inside corner. Sometimes, constructionwise, it is easier to transition between two substances at an inside corner — where things can be hidden — than at an outside corner.