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Siding and Exterior Materials
Wood, fiber cement, stucco, stone, brick, metal and more can be used as an exterior siding material. Which makes the most sense for your home? Would it be vinyl lap siding, which is very cost effective but can buckle; or wood lap siding, which is costly and needs refinishing every few years; or a fiber cement material that is low maintenance but not the least costly?
And each material evokes something different aesthetically. For example, a Cape Cod home looks better in horizontal wood siding than stucco, while a home Southwestern-style home is certainly better in stucco than horizontal wood siding.
Color and Composition
Earth tones or bright hues, symmetrical or asymmetrical, two dimensional or three dimensional, opaque or transparent are design elements that communicate a story about your home. If you want a feeling of formality, then a symmetrical composition is your likely desire. If you're looking for more of a relaxed and casual feel, than perhaps it's asymmetry that you want.
And color plays a huge role in the overall appeal of your home. Will it be calming and tied to the earth in shades of brown and green, or will it be bold and perhaps abstract in bright yellows and reds?
In addition to being inviting and beautiful by day, the exterior of a home should be welcoming and attractive at night. And make sure that there's lighting in the needed places, as guests shouldn't have to strain to locate the house numbers at night or stumble around looking for the path to the front door.
And extend the lighting to the edges of your property to create a place that could be a setting for A Midsummer Night's Dream.