Clapboard Siding

Clapboard Siding

When we begin to design a home, we generally have an idea of what the exterior material will be.  Often we will try alternate materials either to change the aesthetics, to adjust the budget, or simply at the request of our clients. Many of our projects combine two or more materials.

If you are designing a modern home, the exterior material palate is almost limitless as long as it keeps the weather out and doesn’t fall apart.

A traditional home in the Northeast, for the most part, will be clad in one or more of a handful of materials such as: stone, stucco, painted or natural wood, cedar shingles, brick, or some form of composite material which looks like the real thing.  Within this group of materials, there can be great variation including the type of stone, the color of the brick, and the configuration of the wood siding.  Board and batten siding looks very different than clapboard, but achieves the same goal of keeping the weather out and lasting for decades if not centuries.

A stone veneer generally is the most expensive material to clad a home in.  On the positive side, you never have to paint stone and it should last forever.

In my opinion, the key to being happy with what clads your home is to carefully choose the material, whether it is brick, wood, stone, stucco, or something else.  After that choice, review the possible colors, textures, and configurations unique to that product.   Last but not least, review samples large enough to understand what the final product will look like on your home.  After that, relax and enjoy your home’s new look.

Stone Exterior

Stone Exterior

Board and Batten Siding

Board and Batten Siding

Antique Brick Siding

Antique Brick Siding

Stone and Stucco Siding

Stone and Stucco Siding

Cedar Shingles

Cedar Shingles

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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3 Comments

  1. kevin battistoni June 12, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Jim:

    Timely article, especially after our recent discussion about siding. Have you noted the recent ongoing re-paint of the building we spoke about. An architects worst nightmare.

    kb

  2. Louise at Millbrook Motors June 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Happy Father’s Day Jimmy. Enjoy your day.

  3. James Crisp June 12, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks, tell Mike Happy Father’s Day too!

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