1. Siding: the siding you have on your house is a big determinant for its style. Brick is a common theme for colonial. Extra wide boards are a common element for Victorian. Vinyl siding is used a lot too. All of these can make your house look old and stodgy. It’s time to explore wood. There’s a wealth of options on the market today. Sustainably sourced options like tigerwood can give you a new appearance on a budget. Or you can ponder using Ipe…one of the most beautiful selections available. It is also one of the most expensive. Both come in 1x4 or 1x6 boards that can be milled to shiplap or rain screen. For a more modern look, 1x4 always hits the mark. However, done right, the 1x6 sizing is just as effective. Both bring warmth to the exterior. If boards aren’t your thing, consider using cedar shingles. They are a very traditional material, but can be used to create a Dwell-delicious contemporary residence. There’re several types of cedar shingles…Eastern White Cedar and Alaskan Yellow Cedar are just two. The type of shingle greatly influences their coloring after a few years installed.
The big challenge is getting the details right. But with the right planning you’ll be able to launch into a renovation with little worry. And with the right details and materials, you’ll be coming home with a smile on your face in no time.