Last May there was a freak hail storm that hit our area. We were fortunate that no one was hurt! It was over pretty quickly, but it left behind some damage. Not far from here cars were smashed, windshields broken, windows on homes broken–it was not pretty. We were grateful we didn’t have much damage and went on with our lives. It wasn’t until we spoke to some neighbors that we even considered that our house might be damaged in ways we couldn’t see. It turns out the storm caused significant damage to our siding, skylights, and roof. Thankfully our insurance company has been easy to work with and they are covering the costs (minus our deductible of course).
In the fall we had the roof replaced. I outlined how the process of our insurance claim worked at that time and shared some photos.
Now we’re doing round two of the work with new siding and gutters to be installed this spring. Assuming the cold weather ever lets up that is.
You can see the front view of our house below after the roof replacement. It has two garage doors (recently replaced with new white doors and trim) and the base of the house in the front is brick. The previous owners painted it white.
Deciding on a color for the siding was a bit of a challenge. Well, as first world problems go it was a challenge anyhow.
We know we need to paint the bottom of the house no matter what, but we’re set on keeping the garage doors white, the trim white, and the front door red. Those had all been replaced and we were happy with our previous picks.
Additionally, the roof color plays into our choice. It’s gray and brown with bits of blue in it. It’s somewhat hard to make out in the photo, but it has a lot of texture which we love.
The siding is currently white and thing (about 2 inches wide before it goes to the next row), so we knew we wanted something different. The white is fine, but it seems like every other house nearby is either white or some version of brown. There are some grays, some colonial blues, and some cream colors thrown in, but most people are replacing their siding with white or light tan in most cases.
We also don’t love the shutters. Yes, it’s a fauxlonial (fake colonial), but the shutters actually make the house look dated and smaller to me, so we decided to skip them.
Our contractor shared some options with us. There were two choices to make. Color and the style of the shingles.
Here is the first palette:
And the second palette that comes with a beaded edge style of shingle only.
While I preferred the smoother finish and the beaded edge of the second palette it didn’t come in the colors we preferred.
Using the first palette we narrowed it down to Quiet Willow, Wedgwood Blue, and Misty Shadow (which is more brown than it appears above).
We drove around our neighborhood and surrounding areas to get a sense of what the siding colors would look like in real life. We were leaning towards the green Quiet Willow, but when we saw it in person we weren’t fans. It just wasn’t the right color for us. The Misty Shadow just felt too brown, so we decided of our options Wedgwood Blue was the best choice. It’s the darkest blue/gray available and after seeing it on a house (or at least a similar color) we really loved it. We think it will look great with the red door and the white trim will stand out against it.
I was a bit nervous how it will come out, but thankfully the manufacturer, Mastic, has a mockup feature we used. While I couldn’t find our exact house I found two that are similar. I subbed in small rows of white vinyl for the brickwork on the bottom.
House #1 Mockup
This house looks like ours in some respects. It’s approximately the same size and laid out with the garage doors on the left. It has a double garage door while we have two separate garage doors. Additionally, our house has 4 windows on the top floor. The front porch is essentially the same-though we have two sidelights-both trimmed in the same dark red as the front door. Lastly, the white on the bottom of the house goes all the way to the top of the first floor on our home.
House #2 Mockup
This house also is similar minus the addition between the garage and house. We also don’t have the turned roof of the garage, and our garage is surrounded by more of that painted white brick. This house appears slightly larger though with two bow windows centered downstairs where we have one on the right, and the two windows in the top center are side by side on our house.
The mockups give us a sense of what the finished product will look like, but it’s certainly challenging to look at a small sample and get a sense of what it will look like on your entire house! In any case we made the choice, and now we wait until installation. Fingers crossed it’s exactly what we hoped for.
Most importantly we’re thrilled that our house will be warmer and better insulated! Looking forward to lower heating and cooling bills in addition to the updated curb appeal.