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Wood or plaster for exterior?

Adi TatarkoJanuary 19, 2013
We are working on renovating the front of the house with our architect. The idea is to keep the ranch look but modernize it a bit.
We have two options for the exterior: dark wood planks or gray plaster.
We really like the dark wood option but we are worried about the high maintenance (we are not very good at doing maintenance on time nor do we have the time for it).
In terms of the hardscape/landscape, we prefer to go with a fence made of planters (see the plaster rendering) and a tree. We need more privacy given that we are going with glass in the front.

Any thoughts about the wood vs. plaster?
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Cynthia Taylor-Luce
I love the second option. Wow.
    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 7:46PM
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I'm with Cynthia. The second option looks amazing!
1 Like    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 8:21PM
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Plaster?.......or do you mean stucco. Either way.....i usually prefer a darker house, but in this case the grey option looks better, but keep in mind that these kind of illustrations are very far from an accurate representation of what the finished product will look like.

Best option is to have real samples of the materials in hand......not 2 inch squares, but big 4 foot panels of the different options, otherwise its really just a guess.
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 8:33PM
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Ridha Triani
the second option looks so natural. easy to maintain.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 12:46AM
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Aja Mazin
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 1:17AM
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If you decide on wood..check out the cement boards instead..never any maintenance. Do wide framing around sides, windows and doors using a lighter color, then the darker siding.
    Bookmark   January 20, 2013 at 1:18AM
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This house was designed to use wood....which is why you should use plaster.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 9:46AM
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Stucco does require maintenance. If you are looking at maintenance free, look for a product called Maybec. It would be more in keeping with the original design, but you can update it by the colour or installation design you choose.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 10:06AM
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Go with the stucco over wood and the color is great.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 10:12AM
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Sorry.... Correct spelling is Maibec.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 10:22AM
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lewis + smith
It depends on where you live. To do Stucco correctly requires skill and careful attention to waterproofing details by your architect. When done incorrectly, poor flashing details result in rot below the stucco surface. If the house was in the pacific northwest where I live, I would recommend against it. Well detailed and crafted wood siding can look beautiful as well.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 10:43AM
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I like the way the plaster with window addition enhances the roofline architecture. Love the stonewall. I don't care for trees on lawns but that could be based on my experience with an olive tree we had removed.
    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 10:49AM
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The second one and, of course, the orange door
    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 7:36AM
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