We’ve been sharing a bit about our plans for the inside of the house on this space. So, we thought we would mix it up this week and turn our attention to the plans for the exterior of the house.
Let’s start with what we have right now: aluminum siding and a twenty year old roof. Something must be done! But what? The good news is we’ve got some ideas. It took a while to get there, but we finally decided on a facade that we liked. Here is an architectural rendering of the design for the front of the house.
We’re most excited about reintroducing a porch that will be truer to the appearance of the house when it was first built. The original front porch was enclosed by the previous owners. When they did this, they added another porch. It’s nice to have the outdoor space, but it doesn’t really match the character of the house as you can see below. There a still a few other Craftsman bungalows from the same period on our block. They all have their original porches with steps leading up to the porch and wood railing. We’re jealous, and we aim to fit in with them again.
Now that we have pretty much decided on the design, we also need to start thinking about the details. Luckily, we built a garage two years ago, so we have already picked the majority of the finishes. There are some thing we like about the way that garage turned out and some things we don’t. The good news is we can avoid repeating those missteps on the house.
Here are some of the products we used to finish the garage that we plan to use on the house as well.
- Hardie plank lap-siding (We went for the Select Cedarmill finish.)
- Standing seam metal roof (This roofing is way more work to install than shingles, but it should last much longer as well.)
- Stonework (This is the one piece we are not sure we will replicate exactly on the house. Once we have a better idea of the scale of things, we will make a final decision.)
- Paint color (You do not even want to know how long it took us to decide on this color, but it was worth it because we love it!)
- Light fixtures (We really like the linear feel of these.)
You can see everything in action on the garage.