I told you a week or two ago about the new home my husband and I are building, which I’ve dubbed #TheMountainViewHouse because of the wonderful views we have of those pretty snowy mountains nearby. If you missed that post, you can read about it here, and also see the style of home we’re building. I promised to bring you along as I make design decisions, so here we got with the first installment – exterior finishes.
Once the foundation and framing are finished, the fun really starts because you get to start seeing some of your design choices come to life with windows, doors, roofs, and siding colors.
In my earlier post I mentioned how white paint is not allowed in our neighborhood due to HOA architectural rules. Even though I really wanted a white house, I love those views so much that the exterior color was something I was willing to give up to get them. But, not to worry – I’ve since decided that I love dark moody exteriors almost as much as the crisp white ones, so I here I am ready to go to the dark side with my finishes.
Here’s a first peek at what how the exterior finishes will be coming together:
#1 – Stone
Once I knew that I’d be going dark, several design elements fell into place. I knew that I didn’t want a dark stone, so I chose a combination that included lighter colors but still incorporates those darker grays to pull everything together. I’m asking the stone mason to eliminate any orange tones and concentrate on dark gray, off white, and a medium beige. All of those colors are used in other finishes on the home, so the stone will help tie them all together
#2 – Painted siding
If you looked at the exterior elevations earlier you saw that the siding consists of a dark painted board and batten as well as a stained siding. For the painted board and batten, I’m going with SW Iron Ore. It’s a very dark gray with just a hint of a brown in it. I think the brown will help tie the wood tones in.
#3 – Roofing
Most of the roof consists of asphalt shingles. I chose a shingle pattern that is mainly black but incorporates lighter gray and brown tones as well. I’m hoping this helps keep the house from looking too dark overall.
#4 – Windows and patio doors
We’re using black windows and patio doors on both the inside and outside of the house. I’ve loved black windows for at least 5 years now, so by golly – I’m finally using them! I’ll be talking more about which specific windows we went with in another post soon.
#5 – Front door and breezeway door
These will be fiberglass doors because they hold up so much better than wood. The outsides will be painted black, and the insides will be stained a natural oak color. I love this version with the 2/3 glass. I know some people wouldn’t be comfortable having glass on their front door, but our two front doors face a mountain that will never have a house on it, so I’m good with getting all the extra light in that I can. I’ll be covering the specific doors in another post soon as well.
#6 – Lantern lights
I’m not sure that these will be the final selection on the lighting by the front door and breezeway door, but I do like them!
#7 – Standing seam metal roof
I choose a charcoal gray color for the metal roofs that will go on our porch and dormer roofs. The metal will help shed snow in the winter, and I love the added interest that the standing seams give.
#8 – Weathered wood siding
On the center sections of the house we’re using a cedar with a weathered wood look. I know that you can use actual reclaimed wood, but we didn’t want the worry of old wood splitting, etc. So we’re using new cedar that has been treated with a reactive stain to make it look old and weathered. More coming on that as well!
There you have our main exterior finishes! As mentioned above, I’ll be sharing the door and window details in a later post just in case you need to be making a similar decision soon.
Thanks for stopping by today, and have a great day!