Example for Habitat
One of the best restoration examples of a cottage victorian is right across the street from Habitat's warehouse on Main Street. Notice how even this victorian has plain ballusters, not the turned, oversized, decorative ballusters that Habitat has inappropriately used on its latest project on Columbia Terrace. Especially on such a high traffic street and in the med tech where property values are supposed to appreciate in years to come, it would have been of great benefit to the neighborhood and the the home owner's long term equity, for Habitat to have used the right sized and shaped materials on this job. It just doesn't make any sense when the appropriate design elements don't actually cost any more.
Hopefully someone in their organization, like Cheryl Budzinski will have her husband....who works for PSA, correct these annoyingly stupid mistakes that are undermining the architectural experience of older neighborhoods. If I want to live in a neighborhood of vynil sided boxes, with shutters that are the wrong size and porch railings and supports that obstruct views from my living room windows, I can move to any of the new subdivisions that are out of the range of the Peoria School District.