In today’s world, homeowners often want their houses to stand apart. They want something different than traditional vinyl siding and shingle roofs. Although there is certainly nothing wrong with these materials, and they are still America’s most prevalent residential exterior choices, there are a lot of other options in existence today. As you look through the rest of this guide, you will see information about some alternative exteriors that might appeal to you.
- Concrete – Industrial concrete blocks offer a number of benefits in regard to residential construction. Not only are these blocks affordable on most budgets, but they are easily sourced and are incredibly durable. One of the other perks of using concrete blocks to build your new North Carolina or South Carolina home is that they are visually appealing and have a great deal of texture and depth. Talk to your contractor about creating unique, eye-catching patterns on your home’s exterior walls.
- Gabion walls – Gabion walls, which are exterior walls constructed from wire baskets filled with heavy stones, are among the most unconventional options homeowners can choose to use to build their homes. Although these walls offer a completely unique look, it does bear noting that they are not substantial enough, nor do they offer effective enough insulation, to be used as primary walls. If you want to use Gabion walls, they will have to be decorative, placed in front of more conventional concrete or brick walls.
- Rammed earth – Before we delve into the idea of rammed earth, it is important for you to understand that it is most commonly used in desert regions and has existed since ancient civilizations in Egypt and Mesopotamia. Not all contractors are willing to perform this type of construction and, if you are interested in a rammed earth house, you may need to have concrete supports built into the walls. Rammed earth homes can look incredible on mountainsides, even in more lush regions, such as western North Carolina.
- Wood – Although wood siding has been used on residential exteriors for centuries, polished wood strips have a decidedly modern look. To add texture, consider layering multiple strips of different widths and depths. You might even want to create a sunburst motif or something else interesting, especially if your home was originally built during the mid-century age when this material was frequently used on interior walls. You, your contractor, and your designer will all need to work closely to make sure your wood exterior comes together to suit your vision. You should also have strong primary walls underneath of your polished wood veneer. These will provide stability and endurance.
The team at Hatch Homes takes great pride in our collective ability to work with a wide range of materials successfully. No matter what you are wanting to do to renovate the exterior of your home, we can help you achieve the dreams you have for your property. Give us a call today to get your initial appointment on the calendar. We can’t wait to meet you!