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What are the Best Exterior Finishes for Your Custom Home?

May 16, 2023

The right materials on the outside of your house can both distinguish it and add to its value.

The exterior finish is a home’s first impression, a greeting to neighbors and visitors, and a mark of the homeowner’s taste and style. Making the right choices in cladding, roofing, trim, and hardscaping can protect your home and add to its value. A full list of which exterior selections add the most value to your home can be found here.

What is Good Exterior Design?

Trends nowadays are toward minimalism, neutral palettes, simple lines, and natural elements. Brick and Batten’s blog predicts the number one home exterior trend for 2023 is sustainable materials and landscaping. Architectural design is also increasingly valued by homeowners, especially those with an emphasis on indoor/outdoor flow.

Winsome focuses on creating outdoor destinations and integrating the outdoors with your home lifestyle- be it a poolThe backside of a dark brown house with boulders and landscaping installation or a fresh herb garden that is easily accessible from the kitchen. Western Home Journal recently featured Winsome on this subject with their article “Going Out Back”. Although it can seem daunting to create an “outdoor room” that compliments your lifestyle and home, your professional homebuilder’s design team can help think through selections, layout, and choices so that the materials suit the style of the home and enhance its overall appeal and worth.

What Material is Best for House Exteriors?

Today’s exterior finishes and systems offer a high level of performance. They combine good looks with durability—being tougher and more weather-resistant. Their improved quality is better able to retain paints and stains and resist warping, cracking, and delamination, reducing maintenance work and repair costs. They also are more energy-efficient than older products.

Modern manufacturers typically offer various colors, textures, and forms within the same general category of products. Manufacturers of products such as roofing and siding may even partner with each other to promote compatible combinations across product types.

Fairsing Vineyard PatioIn a community setting, the range of available choices allows homeowners to select exterior finish combinations that express their desired style while simultaneously complying with codes, covenants, and regulations. For instance, homeowners can select from a harmonious array of asphalt or clay tile roofing so that roofs along the same street are cohesive without being exactly the same. The result is a return to the varied streetscapes of historic neighborhoods that are held in high regard.

Why is Hardscape Important?

Another exterior finish element to consider is hardscaping. Recent years have demonstrated the need for comfortable, well-designed outside living spaces. Durable, low-maintenance hardscaping such as retaining walls, patios, and gazebos will improve the value of any home. Outdoor kitchens and fire pits not only increase your home’s ROI, but are perfect for entertaining and creating memories with the family during those gorgeous spring and summer days. Hardscaping includes everything from built-in seating areas to pavers and patio masonry. Not only do these products look great, but they should also be high-performing. For instance, manufactured stone products are comfortable to bare feet, and water-permeable pavers help recharge the ground.

A professional homebuilding company has the expertise to help you determine the best options to suit your wishes and lifestyle and to ensure lasting value and timeless curb appeal.




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