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Exterior Modern Finish

only1February 22, 2013
Hi, I am looking for ideas to my modern home exterior look and finishing.

I love wood but I live in a hot and dry place.

Do I need to add more windows in the front?

Any ideas or suggestions will help me a lot ...
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Living in a hot and dry place is not great for wood. It will dry out, split or crack and soon your lovely exterior will be not so nice. Using stone combined with some wood accents might work - but they need to be accessible so you can treat them and maintain them.
Add as many windows as you wish (if you look out onto a nice view) - but be sure you install thermal windows to keep the cool air in the house and the hot air out!
2 Likes    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 2:26AM
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Interesting looking house. Here is an example with stucco exterior.

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2 Likes    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 6:06AM
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The Color People
Stucco might be the best way to go, it is native to the locale and will look good in the landscape of the area. Further, it will provide an even surface that will shadow the articulates all the interesting surfaces and create a wonderful sense of form and light showing off how unique the house is. You can tell by looking at how it is now that your eye looks at the textures of the materials and not the forms of the architecture. You could use a variety of colors or materials as shown above but with this house I really feel one uniform color will be best because there is so much natural articulation and adding more will only make it feel busy or cluttered. One last thing use warm colors for the stucco. in the picture above you can feel how dull the house looks and especially in your locale warm colors will be natural to the area.

If the first photo is the front you definitely need windows because it feels like some bedouin fortress now. A home always wants to look inviting and windows and openings do this. Right now it discourages wanting to come in. In fact it is difficult to tell where you are supposed to come in.

You are also right that wood is definitely right. There is nothing that you can do to it to keep it from deteriorating in you climate. Within 5 years it will look awful. In fact unless you live in a really moist climate all wood will deteriorate from dryness and UV penetration.

But this is a cool looking house. I love it. It is unusual and can really look fabulous.
2 Likes    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 7:45AM
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Schachne Architects & Builders
Its a little late to be asking should I add windows. Didn't you go over the plans with your architect? By the looks of the concrete block work this looks like its in the islands.
    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 7:49AM
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Thanks all for the great feedback.

I thought the "bedouin fortress" comment was funny :).

My designer suggested the following exterior colors.

What do you think?
    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 9:04AM
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Steel Windows and Doors
consider using thermally broken steel windows and doors
1 Like    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 9:11AM
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Aja Mazin
    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 2:23PM
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Mahogany de Honduras
Please see a modern door that I fabricated for a person in the US.If you need a quote please send email to gary@mahoganydoorshonduras.com . Thank you.
    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 4:25PM
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Schachne Architects & Builders
Beautiful doors, unfortunately here in south Florida the exterior doors have to meet product approved wind load criteria for those funny rain storms called "hurricanes". Will keep you in mind though. However, we can use your doors for interior applications
1 Like    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 9:53PM
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White stucco does reflect more light in, without a lot of extra heat. And if you like wood, but wood won't last in your climate, go for brown stone, ceramic wood, composite.

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    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 3:00AM
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