For thousands of years, people have been using wood as a building material in one form or another. From yurts with wooden poles in ancient Mongol camps to the wood siding on Victorian-era houses to wood paneling in the 1960s and 1970s American homes, wood is not going anywhere anytime soon. Wood exteriors, as a matter of fact, are making something of a comeback among today’s homeowners. Modern lifestyles, though, are busy, and people don’t necessarily have time to take care of meticulously painted exterior wood that has to be touched-up at least once a year. As you read this guide, you’ll discover some ways to create a maintenance-free wood exterior.
Don’t be afraid of raw wood
Raw wood, such as Western red cedar and cypress, that already has a lovely natural color can be left unpainted when used on the exterior of a home. In coastal areas, such as the Outer Banks and South Carolina’s Low Country, salt water and salt air will relatively quickly cause these hardwoods to weather to a silvery gray tone. This look is decidedly coastal and is perfect for homeowners who want a rustic, worn-in look for their houses.
Use your local landscape as a color palette
If you don’t want your home to be altogether ship lapped with wood, consider using your area’s natural scenery as color inspiration and use wood sparingly, on trim and doors, for example. Those who live in the mountains of North Carolina, for instance, may want to select dark green vinyl siding paired with raw Western red cedar accents. This color combination will never go out of date, especially in a mountain town. Or, for those who live on the coast, grey shingles paired with cypress accents has an undeniably beachy appeal.
Marry the interior and exterior of your home
If you are beginning a major remodeling project, consider using the same type of wood both inside and outside to give your home a cohesive look. You might even want to install a bank of windows so the matching lumber can be seen as visitors approach your residence. This will be stunning aesthetically! Polished wood ceilings, for instance, look incredible paired with polished wood exterior feature walls.
Consider how materials will weather
When you’re picking wood and other construction materials for exterior use, you must think about how they’re going to look together once they weather and age. As mentioned earlier, when left in its natural state, Western red cedar will weather to a lovely silver hue that looks excellent with the patina of copper. Your contractor will be able to help you understand more about how different materials will look over time if you have questions.
The team at Hatch Homes would be thrilled to take-on your exterior remodeling project. We love working with a variety of building materials, including wood, and we look forward to the opportunity to make your house look like you’ve always dreamed it could! Call our office today to schedule an initial consultation.