25 years old. When a house reaches this milestone it is time to bring back the builders. Our home, fully remodeled on the inside, has started to show some signs of age on the outside. Mainly, the roof is looking rough, and some woodpeckers have been snacking on the brown timbers which made my tudor a tudor. Renovation is a necessity, so I'll be blogging the dirty details of living with a major project for the next 8 weeks.
Our woodpecker problem made us search for a synthetic board to replace wood, which wouldn't allow the birds to peck anymore. Azek, a man made material, was perfect to replace the peckered (?) timbers and has a 25 year warranty. The switch-up? Azek is a WHITE product. Our tudor color scheme would now be in reverse. First there were the color choices. This was tricky. As a tudor style home we had the usual brown criss-cross timbers over cream stucco on the front side. The remainder of the house had cedar shingles painted cream to match.
Siding choices are limitless, but we wanted another product that would give us longevity. We chose Certainteed for their style, durability and color spectrum. The house won't have the traditional brown boards any longer which means darkening the shade of the siding to allow for some contrast. Here we chose the Seagrass; a soft, greyish green cedar looking product. Cedar Impressions Double 7 inch Straight Edge Perfection Shingles will allow us style and lifetime warranty.
Roofing selection was a choice narrowed down from three possibilities in the Tamko samples. Olde English Pewter was a bit too light. Oxford Grey seemed right, until we checked it in the light; it had too much green, similar to the siding. Virginia Slate was perfect. Enough contrast to the siding, it tied in the pavers and decking and had that English Tudor charm.
Our sidewalks and paved areas are all in great condition so we wanted to keep them and work that color into our palette also. They are classic granite grey stone. We chose grey Trex for the decking material to create flow on the lower and ground levels of home and yard. Fiberon gave us a white deck railing with a flat top for service value. This would tie in with the white Azek on our trim and timbers, and beef up our deck with a commercial grade railing.
The next week brings a large dumpster and a Port-a-potty for the workers. As our construction schedule becomes more detailed I will post again. Keep watching for my next blog? Linda Maintanis
Note: the photo of our home as shown on the top of page is from the original builders home plan book, William G. Chirgotis, 350 Home Plans. When the snow melts off of our roof I will take some more pre-construction photos. I promise.
March 6, 2014