In perusing the local homes for sale, I came across this beauty, advertised as a dutch colonial. Can you see it? It is there. On the left. Peeking out from behind the tree, revealing the home's TRUE identity. Unfortunately, it is buried in an Italianate(ish) bump out, which transitions to a nice british garrision dormer? that is not quite centered on the nice arched garage doors. All of this is capped off by a wart dormer that tries to match the windows on the first bump out, but lacks any detail or coordinating trim.
I have a much better description of this. The EU style. While the reference to the Dutch culture IS hidden in there like waldo, it appears to reflect a newer version of Europe... It has many cultures. No one has to assimilate. All are equal and need not reflect anything around them. And in the end, the hodge podge of styles, window shapes and patterns, siding materials and multiple types of dormers reflects a society that cannot commit or respect itself. And while pluralism and diversity are celebrated by the majority of the world around us, I would posit that this is not what is meant. The scale of a single family home should be the individual. It should not be a society. Unfortunately, the home above tries to show its acceptance of these abstract egalitarian principles in all forms. By not assimilating the styles (or roof lines, or massing, or windows, or...) into one distinct composition, this reflects an emotional desire not to discriminate for any reason. Architecture should discriminate. Roof lines should have a logic. No they do not all need to match and align, but for god's sake! And while a playful, yet designed, deviation from a singular concept can and when done with care and attention often does add to a place, this mess and lack of ability to say no to anything is hideous.
I am sure in this overheated real estate market, this will sell. It appears to have at least a two car garage, and I image it has 6-8 bedrooms and a beautiful mudroom. But for god's sake, what the hell were they thinking?