The decision to install LP® SmartSide® treated engineered wood trim and siding is an easy one for most homeowners, thanks to the rich cedar grain texture, the long-lasting finish, and the proprietary SmartGuard® manufacturing process which helps to maintain long-term durability and strength. Choosing the right color and texture for a home, however, can be much more challenging! Here are some exterior remodeling ideas to help you ignite the creativity in your home remodeling project.
Using cedar shakes in dormers and second-story facades is a simple way to add architectural detail to your home. You can paint them the same color as the rest of the house or go with a lighter shade to draw attention upward. You can also complement your lap siding with a stone or brick treatment wrapped around the lower portion of your home.
Modern homes often use traditional house siding materials in new and exciting ways. Consider creating a pattern of wide and narrow lap siding to give your home a clean, layered look.
Your remodeler can incorporate simple trim accents in your dormers and roof peaks to help enhance curb appeal. Trim accents can also transform porch columns into beautiful works of art that help create a welcoming entrance area. Before adding trim accents on your home, look at the other houses on your street. Too many accents can leave your home looking over-designed and out of place.
When you choose LP® SmartSide® trim and siding, you’ll have the opportunity to select almost any color combination that you desire. Choose colors that complement your roof color with contrast while enhancing the surrounding homes and environment. If you choose to use two colors, apply the lighter color to the upper portions of your home for a natural, balanced look. Use the LP SmartSide Visualizer to upload a photo of your home and explore different siding options and colors.
To discover more smart design ideas, visit the LP SmartSide Gallery. When you’re ready to begin your home renovation, find a remodeler that installs LP SmartSide products to bring your vision to life!
When considering an exterior remodel, homeowners can often be intimidated by the layers of planning and countless decisions to be made…from choosing the right remodeler to selecting lasting materials to picking out a paint color. With a large investment, it’s vital for homeowners to put in the time to ensure they are making the right choices throughout the planning process to achieve their desired result.Continue Reading
While it’s perfectly alright for a jazz musician to improvise, that approach doesn’t always work as well in homebuilding. Architects, specifiers, engineers and product reps spend many hours collaboratively choosing the right materials for each job – and an abrupt substitution to save a few dollars can ironically be very costly in terms of callbacks, design underperformance and even code violations. “Ideally, all parties involved – the architect, builder and developer – have reviewed the spec before it’s final and have agreed on all the products being used,” says Karen Alves, LP Brand Marketing Associate. “That’s because finding an ‘equivalent’ for siding or fire-rated sheathing involves not just the substrate but the codes that the product meets as well.”
Siding installers use many different brands of circular saws, but their preferred saw may not be as important as the siding material they are cutting with it. Some builders can sometimes be a bit removed from the importance placed on saw choice and would probably rely on their subcontractors choice, like Brent Taylor. “I don’t have much of an opinion on that because I use subcontracted labor,” says Brent Taylor, owner of O.C. Taylor in Raleigh, North Carolina, who was featured in an episode of Designing Spaces on Lifetime Network renovating a century-old house using LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding.