I do think the radius of the large window over the entrance actually is different than the main windows. It matches the curve in the brick that is right in front of it. I think the main windows don't have that dramatic of an arch because they are limited to 8' ceilings on the second floor.
The balustrades and the columns in front of and above the garage are there simply for design sake. This home is the tiny one of the neighborhood with homes across the street being 6,000 and 8,500 square feet. Pro golfers live in the neighborhood, Missy Elliot lived there and now her Mom lives in the house. So they are simply looking to better fit in with some of the high class homes they are surrounded by. Many having huge columns at the entrance and such. Originally I had quoins on the ends of the garage to match the quoins elsewhere on the house but I thought since he particularly brought up the fact of wanting columns (mostly around the entrance though) that this was a way to fit them in and look different than the neighbors by just using quoins. They would be 1/2 columns. As for the balustrades the new addition of the dormer with window would be set back just about a foot to give the look of a balcony. So many houses have just a simple dormer and I figured this would help with the classier look they were after,
Are you saying you think it may look better to remove the transom above the front doors and install very large double doors? In my design since they don't have an open budget I was figuring just painting the doors black and using new brass elegant fixtures on both doors may be enough. New double doors that would be just over 7', installed with new locks and removal of the old could add another $5k onto the project. I do see now what you are saying which I never noticed before. Not seen in my plan I was proposing a much more elegant and larger crystal chandelier for the large foyer window.
Thanks for the insight and critiques! =)
Anyone else have any words of wisdom or ideas? Or Johhny, anything else to add?
Also, I forgot to add this in the first post (added now as edit): On the sides I designed a fence for them using brick columns roughly every 15' with rows of hedges between them, that's what they are in the design. Also the brickwork to the right of the house is far up at the end of the driveway, just something to visually make the house look wider or more grand.
I was considering a stand-alone pergola covering the parking area to the right of the house to make the house feel larger in width. City code won't allow a connected structure that close to the property lines however we could get away with a disconnected pergola. Ideas?