Sea Ranch ResidenceTransitional Exterior, San Francisco
Photography by J.D. Peterson
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Selecting Materials for WeatheringThe untreated western red cedar on this exterior is paired with a natural copper chimney. Both of these materials will age differently over time. The copper will stay bright for a week at most, then transition to a light purple and quickly to dark bronze, and eventually to a bright green verdigris; the red cedar will darken with age. When selecting materials for their natural weathering characteristics, seeking low-maintenance ones makes perfect sense. Copper, and metals in general, as well as stone and concrete are complementary material choices for a weathering material palette. Be sure to pay attention to the final coloration of the substrate of your unfinished siding. While many of the woods seen in this ideabook favor a silvery gray, red cedar on a wall can weather to a dark brown. Of course, this depends on exposure and physical environment. Look at buildings nearby and you’ll quickly get a sense for how materials weather in your climate. Certain physical environments, such as saltwater ones, will bring out different tones in different materials.
A similar scale and texture can also help the roof communicate with the walls, like on this pitched roof house. The minimal overhangs and large windows give its traditional form a contemporary quality.
The weathered wood shingles give the Sea Ranch Residence by Nick Noyes a traditional appearance, but those large windows in dark frames hint at a modern interior. The chimney acts as a hinge between the two living and sleeping volumes, which are connected by a small hallway.