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Suggest external paint colors please
skiesler
January 22, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I am renovating an arts & crafts/tudor revival in Maryland and hope you can suggest external colors! The house was built in 1924 and sits on a 1/2 acre lot. I'm adding to the house in the rear but much of the house will be restored-- original windows, doors, siding (and much of the inside). The metal roof cannot be saved but I'm replacing with metal shingles by Berridge. The new section in back will have James Hardie Artisan lap siding (smooth), which is a close match to the existing wood siding.

I'm attaching a photo of the front of the house as purchased and a drawing of the plans for the front. The north side porch (added a couple of decades after the house was built) will be demolished. The front porch, which is unsafe, will be replaced also. The brick chimney will be stuccoed. The original house had shutters that will be replaced (other windows are casement). The entire property will be landscaped so try to ignore that aspect.

My problem is that the colors of the house are constrained by the colors available for the siding and the roof. I've attached these colors. Even so, I've still got options. Does anyone have suggestions?
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Jayme H.
All that came through was the pic of the house
January 22, 2013 at 5:00PM   
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Judith Taylor Designs
Oh, sorry, we can't see any of those options. Only the one shot of the house shows up. Please upload the other photos.
January 22, 2013 at 5:40PM   
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Diana Anderson
I would also add scallop siding over the top floor window to offset the rest of the house.
January 22, 2013 at 5:56PM     
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skiesler
Sorry I used tiff files that didn't work. I've attached here.
January 22, 2013 at 6:41PM     
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ispeakwhale
Timber Bark for siding,
cobble stone for trim,
colonial red roof...

and with the landscaping I would redo the walkway in cobblestone.

Or, a more daring option would be:

Cobble Stone siding,
Arctic White trim,
Deep red roof,

add red and white striped awnings to some or all of the windows...

and redo the walkway in red brick pavers.

A dark greenish black for the door for the first color suggestion - like Nationalist Green, and a BLACK door for the daring option.

I realize the more daring option is something probably only I would do! But I think it would be so pretty with a lush green landscaped yard with tons of knockout rose bushes.

Lastly,

brown roofs are boring,
gray roofs are austere,
blue roofs are bad feng shui,
and everyone I know hates green roofs.

Good luck and have fun with your remodel!! !
January 22, 2013 at 7:01PM     
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CMR Interiors & Design Consultations Inc.
Fabulous Home. LOVE the design of it.
January 22, 2013 at 8:18PM     
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CMR Interiors & Design Consultations Inc.
I'd love to see the floor plan for this house. I've been searching for something similar out there.
January 22, 2013 at 8:18PM     
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Khara
I would put on a wrap around porch, cladding the ceiling with natural wood. As for colors; Light fog colored siding, white trim, a darker pewter colored door and a tri-colored copper roof. over time it will patina greens and will correlate with the natural land. I would slate the walkway and pop the greenery seasonal colors. Thats right, neutrals loves monochromatic.
January 22, 2013 at 10:21PM     
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Leanne Lovie
What colors do you like? Most of these colors would work fine for the house, it's just a point of matching the colors together, so if you have one your leaning towards it would be really easy to suggest the best one to go with it.
January 22, 2013 at 10:52PM     
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skiesler
Hi Everyone:
The house is on the border of a historic district and, although not an official historic property (former owners refused), we have agreed to the recommendations of the Historic Commission not to change the front. Thus, no wrap around porch. Colors should be historic. ispeakwhale's first suggestion would work (esp. with a red door).

However, I have been drawn to the "antique copper-cote" roof shingles ("metallic colors"). What would you suggest with that? I was thinking maybe:
roof: antique copper-cote
siding: boothbay blue (too dark? too blue?)
trim: arctic white
shutters: iron gray
door: medium/light yellow or pumpkin
January 23, 2013 at 5:39AM     
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nononanna
The green roof may be the historically correct choice, but after living 10 years in Idaho, blue and green roofs just say "metal" and ";prefab housing" to me, so my choices would lean toward the red or metallics. I think the pumpkin door is going to be insipid, and you won;t like it as long as you will a door that is bolder - black or chinese red.
January 23, 2013 at 6:03AM   
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skiesler
Floor plan of the original house was like the 2-story center hall colonial I grew up in except that there is a doctor's waiting room, office, and bath with a separate office at the side of the house. In the 1920s and 30s, the doctor saw and treated patients there. I found an index card with a patient's record showing a $2.00 charge for a child's visit.
January 23, 2013 at 6:12AM     
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skiesler
Antique copper-cote is a metallic. Yes it is an olive color, but grey is "austere" (see comment above) and "copper" looks fake.
January 23, 2013 at 6:16AM   
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ispeakwhale
If you like the Antique copper-cote roof, what about...

Woodlawn Cream for the siding
Navajo Beige trim and shutters
the color similar to Countrylane Red (above) for the front door

OR,

Blue Bay siding
Navajo Beige for trim and shutters
Burgundy Red roof
a shade darker and brighter than Woodlawn Cream for the front door

Or,

Woodlawn Cream siding
Terracotta roof
Dark Bronze color (above) for shutters and front door
Navajo Beige or possibly Arctic White trim

I could do this all day since it's not my decision! :D
January 23, 2013 at 7:45AM   
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stefspad
There's a book called "Stickley's Craftsman Homes" that I bought on Amazon before I painted my last house. It devotes a chapter to Arts and Crafts Colors--lots of options that will stay true to the style.
January 23, 2013 at 7:50AM   
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skiesler
Wow,ispeakwhale, thank you so much! Great ideas.

Thank you stefspad for the book idea but is the author Ray Subblebine? Or if not can you give me the author? There are many books with just about the same title.
January 23, 2013 at 8:30AM   
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weiblaboso
This house would be beautiful with Monterey Taupe siding and Matte Black roofing, paired with pure white trim and black shutters. I have unfortunately seen too many historic houses ruined because the designer wanted to 'make a bold statement'. Less is best, and in this case, the combination of sea foam, white and black would be elegant and tasteful. It's also a traditional and classic choice-- you really couldn't go wrong. :D

As a side note, I'd suggest a casual, Cape Cod style for the landscaping, with a lot of tall grass. You're right about the roses; knockouts are beautiful and low maintenance plants!

Good luck!
January 23, 2013 at 9:05AM   
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stefspad
Yes, skiesler -- it's Stubblebine. A whopper of a book, with the whole history of the Arts and Crafts movement. May be more than you need...
January 23, 2013 at 9:25AM   
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judybath
I would go with white for the house and black for the trim. Would show off the beautiful architexture of the house. Shiny black door. Charcoal gray roof. Then of course lose those two shrubs and get some nice curvilinear beds cut out in the front. Roses would be nice in a mixed border but depending on your climate, evergreen shrubs for year round color. I would skip the grasses as they only look good in the summer but boxwood would be a good foundation plant.
January 23, 2013 at 10:04AM   
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putter2
'Weathered Wood' asphalt shingles (look like Shake)......white trim, .mushroom or gray siding, black shutters and door, brass door knocker, remove arch on front porch and match side porch.....maybe a tall cedar up high corner to right of front door......Winter Gem Boxwoods flanking door, allowed to grow loosely and large....softer shrubs around rest of foundation....keep brick walkway.
January 23, 2013 at 12:10PM   
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skiesler
Doesn't a black roof absorb heat? I thought the trend was toward lighter colors, even white.
January 23, 2013 at 12:46PM   
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mmilos
^ Yes, it does absorb more heat. But a darker roof looks better from a design aesthetic. It helps ground the house. You don't need to go too dark, just darker than you have now.

You could add a radiant barrier to the sheathing in your attic to minimize radiant heat gain from a darker roof.
January 23, 2013 at 1:00PM   
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realist23
i suggest a egg shell white with black roofing it will bring your garden out i also suggest bay windows
January 24, 2013 at 10:38AM   
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Laara Copley-Smith Garden & Landscape Design
Love the house ... on the garden I would definately add boxwoods to give sudstance & roses,perenials. This house would look great with shaped , clipped planting. I could see some `quirky ` shaped boxwoods too.
Agree on the Arts & Craft I would certainly do research on this .
As mentioned above I would add a wrap around porch & veranda too,you have plenty of space to do this. Yet I would keep the ceiling & all timber as the overall house exterior colour for light quality & cohesion. ( whatever you paint this )
I actually like the roof tone. I certainly think black would be a hard colour & not suit the house which is soft.
Whatever colour tone you go for on the cladding I would make certain this was a `heritage shade` as these are all timeless colour tones.

Have fun with your great property
Laara
January 24, 2013 at 11:41AM     
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Tath Hossfeld Designs
Adorable home! There are lots of ways that you can go. Here are some examples that you can play off of. Enjoy!! :)

Tath Hossfeld Designs
January 24, 2013 at 2:57PM     
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ispeakwhale
Wow! I'm really drawn to the 2 house on the right. The color ways are so warm, the top warm and cozy, the bottom is warm and cheerful.
January 24, 2013 at 3:55PM   
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Tath Hossfeld Designs
Here are a few more :)
January 24, 2013 at 4:30PM   
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skiesler
Thank you for these images! I am very drawn to weiblaboso's proposal of matte black roof (can you do that?), Monterey taupe siding, white trim, and black shutters. It would be like the taupe in the left top but with black roof and black shutters on the center windows.
January 24, 2013 at 4:56PM     
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ispeakwhale
You really can't go wrong with that combo. Knockout roses would look stunning against the taupe and black. :D
January 24, 2013 at 5:05PM   
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skiesler
Agree on roses...also love perennials that come back every year like asters. I'm going toward informal landscaping with native shrubs. Winding brick and stone paths. Also an orchard!
January 25, 2013 at 5:41AM   
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Laara Copley-Smith Garden & Landscape Design
here is why I would stay with this tone roof : look at how the current roof of Tath`s images works with the sky , it is soft.
The top 4 : the left top grey looks fabulous as does the bottom right
The next 4: left top & again the bottom right.

Definately roses, asters, penstemons, salvais, alliums, foxglove .... few domed box to add defined yet traditional contrast in `form` & `shape` . Ornamental grasses in swathes such as deschampsia, panicium species .
I am UK so not 100% sure on your native shrubs.

Orchard: you have so many options with this including you could have beehives too . support the bee population
January 25, 2013 at 7:58AM     
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Stone & Land, LLC
I like Tall Hossfeld first four renderings, not an expert on color but I agree with Laara Copley on the landsape ideas. Maybe some of those old time Victorian era plants boxwood, hydrangea, lilacs (with low growing varieties). Put new twist on it, bust out a little from the standard foundation plants and push them out form the house on the other side of the walkways. Make a nice new entry sequence passing through and arbor from the driveway to the right side door and then continuing to front door with a clay paver walkway to match the existing brick walk and a couple of mini patios to set some chairs or a benchs on, maybe in bluestone or other contrasting material. Keep the existing brick walk, its historic. Maybe you could just reset them if you want to clean it up.

Too bad you can't do some modifications to the architecture on the facade, but I like it the way it is. Do you think they'd let you put some steps up to that great porch on the left? Connect to the walkways along the front. I like the idea of reclaiming the front lawn for some entertainment space. Pushing the plantings out to the street side of the walkways and patios creates some more intimate spaces that transition into the lawn, where you can toss a football around. It also gives you something to look at besides cars passing by. A fence along the street with a border of plantings and some well placed ornamental trees will help define that great outdoor room also. It'll be great when its done, even if you just keep it simple and remove the guard dogs at the front door.
January 25, 2013 at 5:04PM     
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Stone & Land, LLC
Sorry, I just understood your demolishing the nice porch on the left? Too bad, will it be replaced with something similar?
January 25, 2013 at 5:07PM   
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skiesler
Hi Mr. Stone, I like your ideas for the landscape. Thank you! The porch on the left is falling down, poorly built and not historic--was added later, It faces north and a neighbor driveway, neither pretty nor comfortable. I would rather put the money into the addition at the back, gardens and screen porch at the south/east. The front porch will be bigger to get it to code but can't be large. I plan an iron fence or a wood bungalow type. I've been warned about deer. . .so not sure how my hosta from Pittsburgh will work!
January 25, 2013 at 5:16PM     
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Stone & Land, LLC
Deer, bummer. I hate when those overgrown rabbits act like they own the place. Especially when you like hostas and daylilys, your yard is their salad bar. Astilbe might work in the shady areas too. For sunny areas I like Russian sage, Perovskia. Its not native but has a great look, seems to blend nice with any house color. They never touch it or if they have I could never tell. You have a big enough property to handle some or your local designer / nursery could suggest some native stuff that looks good and low maintenance / deer resistant.
January 25, 2013 at 5:59PM     
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Jayme H.
I like coneflowers, alium, and good old spireas, grasses...bullet proof, but we have no deer
January 25, 2013 at 6:09PM   
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ourfarmhouse
So, here's what I'm thinking...

Dark Bronze-colored Berridge shingles. Iron Gray Hardie Plank lap siding. Navajo Beige trim. Black cottage-style (not louvered) shutters. Yellow door.

I've also torn down your side porch and added the stuccoed chimneys and your arts and crafts lighting from your drawing.

Going beyond that, it would be cool to see stone on the foundation. I think it adds to the historic charm you are trying to re-introduce.

The first photo should help you visualize the stone at the base.
In the second photo, I've added landscaping, starting with a picket-topped stone wall (the wall stone would tie into the stone on the house). I agree with those above in their choices of historic-type plantings (hostas, hydrangeas, etc.), but I'd sprinkle in a few low-maintenance bushes and a flowering crab to give it a bit of color and a slight update. Yellow in the landscape plants tie to the door. The rest of the landscaping adds the color and texture to help the whole property have a nice color balance.
January 26, 2013 at 2:55AM     
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skiesler
Thank you for the images! The house looks wonderful. (I was thinking about an iron fence like I've had in Pittsburgh but with a more craftsman design.)
January 26, 2013 at 5:26AM   
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Stone & Land, LLC
I love the rendering from ourfarmhouse and that arch toped fence or gate would be so cool, goes with the arch on your front porch. Maybe that could be a theme in other places in you garden, like a pass through iron pergola / arborform the driveway area to the side and font doors, or in the back garden. There aren't a lot of good quality images of something that matches . Here's there's one concept I found on Houzz and one I found at http://www.finegardenproducts.com/Arched-Iron-Garden-PergolaArbor_p_763.html#

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January 26, 2013 at 7:12AM   
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