As we have been going through house siding options with our builder, I continue to gravitate towards these properties that use a lot of stone to give them a very quaint and cottagey look. This was my favorite house in their portfolio because I love how the stone siding ideas that the used coordinate with the pathway that leads to the street as well as the landscaping bricks/stones used to boarder the garden beds. I think that something like this would look really good with our architecture and actually blend in nicely with some of the other houses on our street. Now that we have basically made this decision, we are on to the next step of trying to figure out our house siding options and cost to replicate this exterior look.
I love any sort of cedar shake house siding options because I think that they give just about any home a lovely coastal and quaint look (just what I want for our property). I know that this may not be the best siding for house as far as durability because I know that they do not necessarily hold up well in heavy wind and rain like my area is prone to. The real question is do I think that it is worth having to replace siding pieces every so often to be able to enjoy this style every day -- I think the answer is yes ;-) I mean the mere fact that the shake house siding looks just as fantastic at night as it does during the day in these photos is evidence enough to me that I should probably go ahead and pull the trigger on this decision.
My husband's favorite house siding options all include some sort of stacked stone material, but I was really unsure about how that would look on our property compared to the other homes in our neighborhood. I guess that I have always though of stone siding for houses as a more rustic style and not really an elegant look. Well in order to appease him, I started looking around on here for some actual examples of homes that utilize stacked stone and I was so surprised at what I found. This type of exterior siding definitely doesn't box you in to a rustic country style decor. I love this elegant English country side look that the grey stone combined with stucco accents creates on this charming home.
It has been so fun playing around with this program that our contractor suggested in order to narrow down the house siding options that we want for our new place. We can swap out everything from materials, to placement of each style piece, to house siding colors all at the click of a button. It absolutely astonishes me how far technology has come over the years, you know? As you can tell from the photos I posted here, we think that we are going to do a combination of cedar shake siding and a more typical hardboard. For the longest time both my husband and I thought that we wanted stone siding, but the price was so high that we began to rethink it.
I never thought that I would go with the simplest of the house siding options when I could have chosen virtually anything, but for some reason this basic hard board really spoke to me the most. Now that I think about it though, I would venture to say that the single thing that attracted me to wood siding the most out of all the house siding ideas we looked at was the fact that you could paint it any color of the rainbow. To me, that instills way more personality into your curbside look than stone or brick ever could. When we first started building, I was absolutely convinced that we would be using stone on the outside, but then I realize that our exterior house colors would be very limited to the grey family because there is not a whole lot of variation in stone shades as most of you know.
As we were picking out our house siding options, I knew that I wanted to go with something ultra cool and very modern. We for sure did not want the typical painted wood house siding that is found on just about every home on our street. I actually came across these photos in our online home planning software program, in one of those galleries that are supposed to give you inspiration designs to base your own plans off of. Well I guess that it worked, because now both my husband and I are completely on board to replicate this cool mixed-materials look for our new home. I like the look of the exterior wood siding that is more of a floor-like lacquered finish, especially when it is paired with the industrial-style cement, and the awesome granite accent column.