One of the first selections for your new custom home is its exterior. In addition to architectural design elements – such as gables, porches, windows, trim, grille patterns and front door styles – it’s important to combine materials and colors that you love now and will continue to do so for years to come. Changing your shutter or front door color down the road is not difficult, but materials such as brick, stone, and siding will stay with your home for decades. Neutral palettes are the safest and most popular choices that ensure a classic design with nearly universal appeal. Looking for a bold pop of color? This is often best achieved by selecting a dynamic hue for your front door. And with spring approaching, don’t forget that your landscape can be a source of welcoming color!
Brick and Stone – Enduring Classics
Both brick and stone – whether as accents or as a full front façade – are very durable materials, requiring little maintenance. These qualities account for their lasting popularity, as most folks desire an exterior that requires little effort to keep looking great. Although brick is often associated with traditional homes, brick accents mixed with other materials work well with more contemporary designs. Stone products are available in a variety of styles and colors and will add beauty to nearly any aesthetic.
Vinyl Siding – More Choice than Ever Before!
Maintenance free vinyl – including siding, trim and railings – provides lasting good looks to your home, and the options are nearly endless. Here are three popular choices in vinyl siding:
- Lap horizontal siding is the ubiquitous choice that everyone is familiar, and with a vast color palette, it’s easy to achieve just the right look. Lap siding compliments both classic traditional and transitional home designs.
- Board and batten siding offers clean lines with vertical emphasis. It pairs well with traditional lap siding, and is often seen on farmhouse designs; however, board and batten siding also adds architectural charm to almost any front elevation.
- Shake (or shingle) provides visual interest to traditional homes and often gives authenticity to Craftsman style designs. Extremely attractive when used as an accent with other materials, shake can easily become the standout feature of your home’s exterior.
Design and Build Your Dream Home with Columbia Builders
Columbia Builders is the home builder of choice in Howard County, offering homes in Ellicott City, Elkridge, Laurel, Columbia, Marriottsville, Fulton, Clarksville, Dayton, and Brookeville. No matter what the size and scope of your project, we have the skills, experience, and resources needed to bring your vision to life. We offer a level of customization that is truly unmatched and are committed to using materials and craftsmen of the highest quality, so you can trust that your new home is built to last.
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