Never in a million years did I think I’d be writing a blog about siding, but what the $%^^. It needs to be discussed because it’s another element that can make or break your curb appeal. So let’s dive in and have an honest conversation about how shitty your siding looks and how we can fix it…even on a budget. More and more of our brick&batten clients are presenting with brick or stone bases and siding. Sometimes rotting, sometimes color issues, sometimes just ridiculously busy and stupid.
So, let’s break it down and talk about the common siding options and how we determine what best to use on different styles of architecture.
- Vertical Installation of batten works well in many different styles. From Modern, to farmhouse, to paring it with brick on a Craftsman. It works. The texture adds an interesting layer with shadows…which makes using it alone or pairing it with brick or stone an excellent choice. In addition, many ranches are short and long, using vertical batten can create the illusion of height. It’s a bit more expensive, but less traditional and will help your property stand out.
3. Mix it up! Combining vertical and horizontal siding CAN look really cool when done correctly. We recently did an adorable beach cottage in Newport. The home owner had vertical batten and an adorable Whale weather vane they wanted to incorporate. Easy! We kept the vertical batten and added cedar shake to the gables…it gave the beach cottage an adorable “Nantucket Vibe” just by changing the siding. It also creates two different textures that allow the paint to show up ever so slightly different.
Okay, so there ya go! Even siding can can be exciting! Right?? Need help?? Call brick&batten and we will tell you exactly how to get this done…so you don’t end up on one of our “what not to do” videos.
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