I know, I know, it’s the middle of January. But I want to get a head start on our exterior projects. I’d like the house to look moderately acceptable when people stop by in May and June to meet the baby. Plus, I can’t do any work on the nursery so I thought I’d focus my efforts on interviewing contractors to re-side our house.
I’m super excited for the siding project. Our ugly green house is in dire need of a facelift. We’ve done so much work on the inside, but we’ve ignored the exterior for the past 18+ months. It’s time. And I, for one, can’t wait to make our house look as beautiful on the outside as it does on the inside!
I meet with the first contractor tomorrow so I need to have an idea of what I like. I spent some time today on one of my favorite websites (HOUZZ!) to get some much needed inspiration. Here were my findings…
This is what I imagine our house would look like if we kept it pretty simple. I like the variation of the scalloped siding on the 3rd floor. That’s probably something we’ll do, at the very least. Ideally though, I think I’d like chunkier moldings around the windows and side of the house.
The shake siding on this house is lovely. If it isn’t cost prohibitive, I’d like to do our whole house in this, but that requires my husband getting on board…
Ok lets talk color for a second. I LOVE this blue house. It’s a little bright, yes, but I’d be open to doing a more neutral blue if we think it’s a bit much. Other colors I’m considering are gray (mom, don’t hate) and beige. But far and away blue is my frontrunner. I also love the thick decorative trim connecting angles of the roof above the window. I think something like this could be a nice touch on our exterior.
Board and Batten isn’t something I considered until I started researching siding. I really like the look, but I’m not sure we can pull it off with our house. I do appreciate how different it looks in a sea of vinyl houses though. Maybe something to consider?
Another material I might consider is Hardie Board, which is basically a cement-based siding material that looks a lot like vinyl but is paintable and more durable. It’s also more expensive, but less prone to dents/damage. Additionally, I like the color of this house and the proportion of moldings around the details.
Here is an example of a gray color that I really like. I also appreciate how simple the siding is with few details – it showcases the architecture of the house.