Renovating a cottage mud room

Question:

Lorraine asks:

We are having a mud room to our cottage but the siding we used is no longer available. What can we do? I figure we’ll have to remove some siding and add either a different siding or schisms or even stone. Then add the siding to the mud room and the new component. We don’t want to have to remove all the siding because it’s only 3 years old and feel that will be too costly. Any ideas? Note the mud room is going on the side where the upper deck is at the back. Thanks, Lori.

Lorraine

Answer:

I like your idea of using stone on the home. I would suggest that you do the new mud room in stone and then continue the stone around the front of the home. I would put the stone about half way up the patio and continue to around to the front of the home. The use of stone would add some dimension to the front of the home and give it a more modern look. I would suggest that you use a product called Versetta Stone as your stone in the Ledgestone rock in the Plum Creek colour. Plum Creek has some nice rich tones that would blend well with your current siding colour.  You can see the Versetta Stone product at http://www.boralamerica.com/stone/versetta-stone


Redesigning an entryway

Question:

Bernadine asks: I need some help with the entryway of my house…the front of the house is too flat and I need some architectural interest. I need to keep the green trim on my house, and vinyl siding for the side and back of the house, but I can look at different material/siding for the front of the house. Maybe stone on the bottom and shake siding at the top? The door colour? And maybe window boxes?

Bernadine

Answer:

If you are looking to add some texture or flair to the front of your home, I would definitely suggest a faux stone product on the bottom, going as high as the bottom of the windows. You could go with a product like Versetta Stone’s Ledgestone profile in the Terra Rosa colour. The tones in this stone will blend well with the green trim colour and would add the flair to the front of your home you desire. As for the portion above the stone, you might want to consider a vertical siding in one of the tones in the Stone, like Pebble, or Grey or Sage. These colours would also look good with the green trim colour and the vertical siding will give the illusion of increased height of the home.