Need a house design that is a natural in the prairie
wyolinda
August 30, 2014 in Design Dilemma
I live in a rural area of short grass prairie in a house that needs new siding. I have selected stucco as the most durable siding for my climate. What design features would help the house to naturally complement the prairie in the way that southwest adobe homes naturally complement the desert? Things like color, texture and trim are my concerns. The house has red sandstone walkways and a reddish brown roof.
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wyolinda
Here is the house in context.
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wyolinda
Here is the view from the back yard.
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wyolinda
Here is the house from another angle. The predominant color of the landscape is the blonde of grass seed for most of the year, intense green in spring and early summer, with a huge sky always.
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Dar Eckert
Stucco + stone, a great combo. Stucco upper portion and stone lower & stone on the entrance. Pick the stone first and match the stucco color. Earthy colors like sage greens, spice, ocher, khacki etc.


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wyolinda
Thank you. That is a beautiful desert home, and illustrates the idea I am going for--a home that fits naturally into its surroundings. But there is not an established 'look' for prairie homes that fit their surroundings, at least not that I'm aware of. That home is certainly beautifully landscaped as well. Maybe I've lost the opportunity to blend in as a result of all the trees and greenery around the house.
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JudyG Designs
Why not use Dar's suggestion as inspiration, but stick with the stucco for siding.
Do it in an authentic stucco color. Use a darker color for the trim.
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Dar Eckert
Looks like Frank Lloyd Wright prairie style, Judy G. Nice!
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MarleneM
I think for a prairie house you need to use stone with the stucco. Bottom and around the porch in stone, the stucco on top portion. Something like in the photo below, that looks like stone gathered from the prairie rather than a stacked look stone. For colours, stick with warm tones, tans etc. Update the door to wood, or paint a wood tone to resemble cedar.
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wyolinda
That's very pretty, MarleneM. I'm thinking irregular rock-look brick, or actual stone shapes. Your photo definitely looks like a house in place.
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MarleneM
Thanks, this look would suit the prairies. I would also recommend cladding the chimney in stone.
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