If you’ve recently begun looking into ways to renovate your home’s facade, you’ve probably already seen a variety of options. Whether online or in residential design publications, the odds are good that you’ve run across vinyl siding, brick veneer, and maybe even raw wood. While all of these are excellent choices, opting to use a unique combination of materials can give your house an eye-catching look that is sure to set it apart from the rest of your neighborhood.
Stone and shingles are a somewhat surprising, but truly lovely, combination to consider. As you look through the remainder of this guide, you will learn about some of the different ways you can pair stone and shingles to create a residential exterior that will make the first impression you’ve always dreamed of. Remember, these are just ideas to get you started; when it comes to designing the exterior of your home, you are only limited by your imagination!
- Create a stone arch around your front door – Using chunky stones to form an archway around your home’s front door is a great way to set this area apart and make it look almost like it fell out of a fairytale! You can continue the stonework over the entire first story of your house and use shingles on the second story or, if you live in a single story residence, let the arch be the only stone used on your facade.
- Don’t hesitate to use this combination on a mountain home – Frequently, houses that feature stone and shingle facades are located near beaches. From the steep shores of the Outer Banks, North Carolina to the white sands of Charleston, South Carolina, tan stone and grey or blue shingles make for a particularly breezy aesthetic.
If, however, you reside in a mountainous inland area, as a number of our clients do, you can also make a stone and shingle combination work for you! Consider using darker stones, such as deep grey or chocolate brown, paired with earth-tone shingles. Clay red and forest green are both great shingle color options. Taking inspiration from the landscape around you is an excellent way to choose hues that will look amazing on your house.
- A little stone can go a long way – If you love the idea of a stone and shingle facade, but you don’t want to commit to using too much stone for whatever reason, remember that even a little stonework can do wonders for your property’s overall aesthetic. Using shingles as your primary exterior material and adding a stone veneer to your chimney, for instance, is a high-impact way to use stone without going overboard or spending a great deal of money.
- Shingle and stone is a practical choice for coastal homes – As you already learned, shingle and stone exteriors are especially common on homes that are located by the ocean. There is, as a matter of fact, a pragmatic reason for this. Both of these materials withstand salt air and saltwater splashes quite well, meaning that coastal homeowners have to have their homes redone less frequently when they go with this look.
If you would like to transform your North Carolina or South Carolina home with a shingle and stone exterior, Hatch Homes would be thrilled to handle the project for you. We have years of experience working with homeowners who, just like you, want to make major changes to their houses, and we take great pride in doing high-quality work our clients can be proud of. We are excited to get started and look forward to hearing from you soon.