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Help/design tips

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Mark asks:

I’m looking for some help/design tips when working with Hardie Board. There seems to be many options, vertical , horizontal and even larger 4×8 panels for more of a modern or commercial look. We are also looking to incorporate some stone accents and wood cladding for the porch pillars. . I have attached 3 photo’s of the front, side and rear for your reference. Garage doors and front door are walnut color and shingles / sofits fascia are charcoal grey. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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For your home I would not go with 4×8 panels because your home is not a modern style home.  I would suggest you go with the more traditional horizontal profiles on the first floor of the home, and then go with a vertical profile in the gables to create some dimension on the home.  If you wanted something different, you could go with a shake in the gables as well to create even more texture and interest on the home.

Living there year round once we retire

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Karin asks:

Hello, We are renovating our cottage and will be living their year round once we retire. The windows are being replaced and the external trim will be white. We are also adding a 2 door garage The exterior will be a stone veneer up to the window sill (3ft) and board and batten siding. What color palette would you recommend? We are looking for colors that have longevity and will make the house look more modern The colors we are trying to choose between are – Coastal Blue – Juniper Grove – Mountain Arbor -Iron Ore – Windswept smoke – Midnight Surg

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If you want to have a modern look that will not go out of style, I would go with Windswept Smoke. It is a darker neutral tone that will give you the modern look you desire but because it is a neutral tone, will not look dated anytime soon.  Dark colours are the trend right now and because Windswept Smoke is a grey with brown undertones, it should blend well with most stone products out there.

These are your closest Premium Renovators. Please consider contacting them:

Bobcaygeon Aluminum
303 Riverside Drive  Bobcaygeon
ON, K0M 1A0
Phone: (705) 738-4017

Alf Curtis Home Improvements Inc

Infinity Fine Homes INC.
8 Walsh Rd Lindsay
ON, K9V 4R3
Phone: 705-324-4600

We like neutral colours

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Tara asks:
Hello, we are renovating our house, we would like some advice on stucco, trim around windows, soffit and fascia. We like neutral colours such as beige and light gray. We would really appreciate your advice for colour selection.

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To keep with the colours that you like, I would suggest you do the stucco  colour close to Gentek’s Pebble and then trim your windows and soffit and fascia in Gentek’s Sable colour.  This will tie it together with the colour of your roof and your garage doors.

1930’s era red brick home

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Brenda asks:
We are building a two-storey addition on the back of our 1930’s era red brick home. We have a chocolate brown steel roof with beige and brown trim, soffits, etc. We would like to use the board and batten siding on the addition. What colour should we choose for the siding to tie in the red brick, brown and beige? We definitely prefer darker colours over light.

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If you want to go with a darker colour, I would suggest Gentek’s Windswept Smoke. It is grey but with brown undertones which look great with your colour of brick.  I think if you tried to go with a true brown, the house would be too dark and monotone, the grey tones will add something to the look of the home.

These are your closest Premium Renovators. Please consider contacting them.

Dewar Home Improvements

PM Siding‚ Windows and Doors
1358 Victoria Street N. Kitchener
ON, N2B 3E2

DM Window and Door Service
28 Stirling Ave N Kitchener
ON, N2H 3G5

Cedar Pan abode cottage

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Annette asks:
Hello – we are replacing the windows in our cedar Pan abode cottage. The cottage is stained a dark brown with a foundation of field stone. Doors to the basement have been replaced by the previous owners and match to Pebble. We are planning to change the roof back from the mansard to original design with either a green shingle or metal roof. The green would be closer to cool (blue) than a warm (yellow) undertone. We are planning to re-stain with a neutral medium brown. I would like your opinion on using Pebble on the lower windows, which are surrounded with field stone and have all of the other Nutmeg. Please let me know what you would suggest?

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With all of the colours you have on the home, I think the addition of Pebble windows would be a great choice to bring it all together.  Pebble is a neutral colour and will blend well with the greens and browns you will have on the home. Nice choice!

Decided to use Gentek siding

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Quinn asks:
Looking into replacing the exterior of my house and have decided to use gentek siding. In the first photo is my house front I am thinking of doing aspen out of your northern forest collection for the whole house. Would you recommend going with the 4\” or 5\”? What is more common? I also want to do the gable ends in a shingle look I can’t find it on your vinyl part at all but I see it in the picture on the fiber cement portion of your site? Thinking of doing a lighter color like pearl on just the peaks in this. I want to put 1.5\” of styrofoam insulation around the whole house. Looking into doing some \”rock\” look in the front also not sure if i just go up to the bottom of my main picture window across the whole front or do vertical columns just under the 3 front windows. Is there any website you can recommend to plug in my house with your siding colors and add rock colors also?

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Quinn, I like your choice of Aspen for your home. It has a great look on the home.  As for the profile, because you have a one story home, I would suggest you do the stone on the lower portion of the home – up to the bottom of the windows and the front of the home and then use a the Board and Batten profile to great the illusion of height.  The stone you should pick should be in the grey tones, preferably both light and dark to blend with the siding.  In the gables I would go with a 5”profile in a lighter colour like Storm or Dover Grey to finish off the look. I would also do the soffit and fascia in the colour you chose for the gables.

These are your closest Premium Renovators. Please consider contacting them.

Regina Window Sales & Exteriors
440 Hoffer Drive  Regina
SK, S4N 7A1
Phone: (306) 359-3992

Everlast Eaves and Exteriors Ltd.
130 Livingstone Street  Yorkton
SK, S3N 3A8
Phone: (306) 786-7055

Reside my whole house

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Treena asks:
I would like to reside my whole house, get rid of the brick, window boxes and shutters. We are also redoing the fascia, sofit and eves. Our fence is a solid stain in Behr Cordovan Brown. Would like help on siding color, trim, etc. Something that compliments the fence, open to anything! Would like the wow factor if that is possible.

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I actually like the red brick on your home and I would love to see you keep it.  I would then use siding on the home in Iron Ore and then use Pebble or Dark Drift as your soffit, fascia and trim colour.  This would give you the Wow factor you are looking for.

These are your closest Premium Renovators. Please consider contacting them.

Peter Van Egmond and Sons,  Quality Exterior Systems Inc. and  Greenlee Siding & Windows

Updating

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Michelle asks:

We are updating our windows in Ivory. Our eaves, soffits and trim are already in the same color. We have a box and bay window the will have gentek siding applied with a board batton look. I would like to do something different from ivory on ivory but not to drastic. The brick has reddish pink tones with a greyishigh running through it.. Thinking of either Pebble Khaki or Wicker cafe..not sure which or if there is another suggestion that would go well with ivory and brick. Suggestions?

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My choice for your siding would be Pebble which will give you the different colour that you desire without a drastic contrast. I think Wicker is just a little too light.

These are your closest Premium Renovators. Please consider contacting them.

Forward Construction
789 Quantra Cresent Newmarket
ON, L3X 1M9
Phone: 647-274-2722

Barker Roofing‚ Siding & Windows
6074 19th Avenue   Markham
ON, L3P 3J3
Phone: (905) 642-7000

Canatek Home Improvement Ltd.
33 Wallenberg Drive Vaughan
ON, L6A 4M1
Phone: (416) 704-8649

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