I am going to re-side my 1976 contemporary split-entry house, replacing the current T-111 siding, all other exterior wood (fascias, soffits, etc) and adding a front portico. The goal of the project is to create an exterior facade/elevations that will fit the character of the setting---4+ wooded acres in central Massachusetts---and not require significant structural changes other than the portico.
The purpose of the portico is so the poor folks who arrive at the front door when it's raining don't continue to get soaked from the rain coming off the roof valley as they currently do! I think I'd like to have the portico roof covered in metal.
I really like this house. It is about 330 feet back off the far outside of a quiet circle in a desirable town. The property behind me is off a private drive that cannot be further developed; therefore, the intrinsic value of the property is very good. It truly seems like a country retreat but is close to everything. The interior of the house has been almost completely remodeled and all systems have been updated.
I plan to use Hardie products; I would be open to plank (I prefer the look of textured to smooth) or shingles or combination thereof. I would like to cover, at a minimum if not a bit higher up the sides, the exposed foundation (and the strip between the 2 garage doors up to the same level as on either side of the doors) with stone veneer (the mason likes stoneyard.com brand but would consider other brands---real rock, not faux) and possibly use the same stone as column bases for the portico. While I'm not looking for any major structural changes I'd be open to some decorative features such as under the portico or over the garage. I'd expect to add covered (to keep leaves out) gutters. Would also like consideration of a way to minimize the visual impact of the A/C compressor.
The attached sample pics are "looks" that I like---sort of a lodge-y, snow country ski chalet (but not an A-frame), could be in the Colorado mountains. If I were building a house from scratch I definitely go with a log cabin.
The conversion factor for the elevation blueprints is 3/16 in= 1 ft. The dimension of the sliding door and the window over the deck have changed since these drawings but placement is the same.
1) This project is essentially "stand alone" in that there will not be any concurrent remodeling, footprint expansion, etc.
2) The existing bluestone front walkway, front porch, and back patio will remain, as will the stone walls on either side of the driveway.
3) The existing front door is Therma-Tru brand fiberglass. It is relatively new so not being replaced at this time. I'd be amenable to leaving or removing the glass storm door. The glass sidelights and transom will stay as I need the interior light they bring.
4) The windows are almost all Pella casement (1 on the back at the deck is Andersen casement but will be replaced with a similar Pella window). They are in good condition so are not being replaced at this point but Ithe moulding color will need to coordinate with the siding.
5) The two sliding doors are Anderson Frenchwood style. One is in Terratone and one is in Forest Green. The swinging exterior door (downstairs, back) is Anderson Frenchwood style in Terratone. I'd like to keep the doors but am amenable to changing the colors.
6) The garage doors are Clopay brand insulated wood grain textured. They're in good shape so I'm not planning to replace immediately but am interested in other styles that might go with the proposed facade if I want to change them in the future.
7) The front wall of windows will be replaced at some point with essentially more energy efficient versions of the same.
8) The existing roof is new so needs to be worked with (e.g., color, shingle style, etc); shingle is GAF Timberline HD Barkwood.
9) The existing deck is relatively new so needs to be worked with; deck flooring is EverGrain brand composite in cedar color. The railing is natural cedar but could change to something else either prior to or when adding a screened porch porch in the future (the deck was constructed to eventually carry a screened-in porch so this needs to be considered in the design).
10) The existing mature plantings will remain so need to be considered in the overall appearance. I do try to keep them pruned so they don't take over the entire landscape.
11) The short smokestack continues down to a 9 foot wide fireplace wall of the same antique brick. I might consider refacing in stone at some point but then again might not.
12) The ceiling visible through the front wall of windows and entry transom is natural cedar tongue and groove plank (oiled?). The same cedar planking covers the underside of the exterior peak of the wall of windows.
13) Nearby storage shed is painted in Cabot semi-solid stain in New Redwood----a color I particularly like. Would really like the acrylic paint (required for Hardie products) to match but would be amenable to coordinating color.
14) Neither the house or the setting get a lot of sun (less than 6 hours of direct sun a day).
15) No vinyl siding--no way!
To me, the T111 really devalues the look of the house so it is important that the "new look" supports its value. I am comfortable with the ballpark estimates my contractors have given me for the work described above (Hardie products, stone, etc) but can't visualize the details.