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Can the 2015 Home Exterior Color Trends Brighten your Mood?

  
  
  
  
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Various companies around the internet are attempting to predict the hot new colors of 2015 for home interiors and exteriors. While interiors seem to be going bolder with bright white, metallic hues, bright orange, navy and even black, exteriors seem to be lightening. The outside of our homes appear to be enjoying creams, light grey, dusty mint, periwinkle, and some pastels.  

Another exterior aspect that is coming up in 2015 is the use of contrast. We are seeing plenty of accented window treatments, brick or stone siding, and other bright changes to the overall exterior.

Playing with color and contrast is fun, but it can also help us set the mood for those who enter your cozy home. Here are some thoughts on various colors and how they will affect those that you welcome to your home.

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Beige = Warmth

This is traditionally one of the more popular home colors. We all want our houses to feel warm and inviting. We want the space to say “welcome” before we have a chance to step inside. That’s why so many people across the nation pick beige.

Blue = Soothing

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Shades of blue are thought to make people feel calm and soothed. A blue accent or blue exterior may create a soothing, calming atmosphere for those entering your home.

Red = Energy

Sometimes it can be hard to get up the energy to play with your kids or run around doing after-work activities. Updating your home to a stimulating red can help change that. According to a British study, in evenly matched athletes wearing red and blue, the red athletes won more often than the blue ones.

Green = Relaxation

Seeing the color green can evoke the same relaxation one feels when strolling through the park. We associate the color with the natural environment. If you don’t have a lot of green landscaping or your Bay Area home has no real yard space, painting it green may help you feel as calm and relaxed as if you had a yard.

Yellow = Happiness
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Yellow can be a complicated color to use on any home exterior or interior. There are many shades and a bright, neon yellow may feel way too glaring while an extremely pale yellow could make your home look a bit sickly. However, picking the right, buttery color can add an extra spring in your step and make your heart lift every time you see your home.

Pink = Love and Acceptance

This is another tough one to pull off. You have to pick just the right shade of pink to create a really warm and lovely home. That said, we have seen enough warm, welcoming pink homes to know that the color can set just the right tone.

Purple = Confidence

We don’t often see a purple house - and when we do it certainly stands out. Using purple as an accent may work better for you if you feel like the whole house going purple will be too much.

2015 home trends are only as useful as they are aesthetically pleasing to your eye. If you want to make a change this new year, contact us and let us help you find just the right color siding for you.

We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Go Green with Siding

  
  
  
  
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There are degrees of green improvements you can make to your home. You don’t have to create a living wall or allow plants to take over your home exterior to make your house a bit more green. One of the ways you can go green without compromising the look of your home is to get the right siding.

Fiber-Cement

There are a number of reasons why fiber-cement siding is considered a green alternative to vinyl siding. The siding product we work with is from the JamesHardie brand and it is warrantied for 30 years. This is compared to around a 5 year warranty on vinyl siding. In the end, the longer warranty means about 6 times less waste from siding products filling our landfills every year.

Fiber-cement is made of four basic, organic properties. That is: wood pulp, fly ash, Portland cement, and water. There are some variations, but the materials that make up fiber cement siding are mainly green materials.

You don’t need special cleaning products for fiber-cement siding. Just spray it thoroughly with your garden hose every six months or so and keep foundation plants pruned back from the side of your home to allow your siding to stay dry and relatively dirt-free. This means no cleaning fluids get added into the drains and water of San Mateo when you clean your home exterior.

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Wood

The traditional siding is made of wood have gives your home a clapboard look. Fiber-cement can duplicate this look, but some people want to stick with old standbys.

The type of wood siding most commonly looked for is cedar siding. This is because it is more durable than many other wood siding types. While cedar can last up to 50 years, it does need more maintenance than synthetic siding types and generally has to be refinished every two years or so. Additionally, the type of wood that works best for siding purposes is often from old-growth forests. This means it is a limited resource.

A benefit of wood siding is that it can be recycled and it degrades well in landfills. It’s just unfortunate that it is such a limited resource.

Brick/Stone

Brick or stone siding is incredibly durable and can make a home look really lovely. These siding types are natural insulators and can last for a very long time. Try to go for locally quarried stone or locally produced brick to reduce your carbon footprint further. 

While you may not want your entire home wrapped in brick or stone, it can make a really beautiful accent and create some great contrast that contributes to the overall look.

The main drawback to using stone is that it is a non-renewable resource. It can also be expensive to find a masonry professional for the installation. There are siding types that can imitate brick or stone without the cost.

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Most siding types help increase the sustainability and reduce the carbon footprint of a home. Siding creates an excellent thermal layer than can help reduce heating and cooling bills - and therefore make your home that much more “off the grid.”

However, some siding types are more eco friendly than others. Contact us today and we can help you find the right type of siding for your home.

We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

How your Home Exterior Affects Overall House Health

  
  
  
  
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The health of your home and your family is likely one of your top priorities. There is an unfortunate tendency for many homeowners to think that the only way to improve the health of a home is to improve internal systems or to clean it internally. This isn’t the only way to increase the health of your home. Improvements to your house’s exterior can greatly affect its overall health.

The way your bay area home is built creates an “envelope” around you. This envelope includes the foundation and floor systems, exterior and interior walls as well as the roof system. If any part of this envelope is infiltrated by water, termites, mold or anything else, it compromises the health of your home.

Your home envelope consists of layers. Each layer is used to protect you and your family from weather, mold, dry rot, and more. These layers are:

Roof

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The most obvious part of your roof are the visible shingles on its exterior. Less obvious are the roof vents which help circulate the air of your home and keep moisture from building up.

Also below your shingles is an underlayment to add additional water protection. Beneath that is another wooden underlayment, then your roof’s structural beams. Your attic is actually part of the roof system, providing more ventilation as well as insulation.

This entire system works to help increase the health of those living in the home and to keep the space as energy efficient as possible.

Exterior-facing Walls

There are two obvious sides of the walls which hold up your home. That is the drywall on the interior and the siding or stucco on the exterior. There is quite a bit of area in between which allows your walls to breath and prevents moisture build up. PSC Jan Blog2 3 resized 600

From the exterior to the interior, a wall can consist of:

  • Siding
  • A barrier called a sheathing membrane
  • Insulation
  • Metal wall studs with more insulation between the studs
  • Another barrier
  • Finally, your drywall

Wall insulation is created to help keep internal temperatures the way you would like them - but it is also there to stop any moisture penetration. When it comes to your walls, your first defense against the weather is your siding.

Floors/Foundation

Your foundation is often below ground, which means it rests in damp soil and has to contend with water always trying to seep in. The way the foundation is set up really depends on the type of ground your home is resting on. However, there is generally some type of insulation, a solid footing, more protective membrane, and a foundation wall or other support that lifts the floor away from direct contact with soil. This air pocket prevents groundwater, rain, and other moisture from flooding your home directly.

The entire home envelope is there to help keep your home temperature controlled and free of moisture build up. It is important that each part of this envelope is checked regularly and repaired or replaced as needed. Your siding is not just a beautiful accent to your home - it is an essential part of your home’s overall health.

We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

Eight Home Update Resolutions

  
  
  
  
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We want to update our homes for many reasons. Some homeowners are looking to sell while others are settling in to live in their homes for years to come. No matter which type of homeowner you are, the following eight home updates will increase curb appeal, add value to your home, and make it more you.

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Resolution: Update your home’s exterior.

How to make it happen:

  1. Use this tool to give your home a virtual makeover.
  2. Once you decide on colors you like, be sure to also request the physical swatches and to examine them in every type of outdoor light.
  3. Get a free estimate on your home’s new look.
  4. Give your home the fresh face it deserves!

    According to www.FrontDoor.com, the type of siding we most recommend - fiber-cement - provides a return of 103.6% the investment you put into the siding project. So, you will not only recoup your expenses when you sell your home, you would also make money.

    Resolution: Add more natural light to your home.

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    How to make it happen: There are a number of ways to give your home more natural light. The easiest is probably installing skylights or sun tunnels. These both provide ambient lighting without the necessity of changing the structure or exterior look of your home with windows.

    Resolution: Expand your floor plan.

    How to make it happen: Older homes tend to have well-defined rooms separated by walls, hallways, and other barriers. Decide which rooms should be open and get the walls separating them knocked out - if at all possible.

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    Additionally, consider adding a kitchen island as well as built-in storage areas. These provide extra space without compromising your open floor plan.

    Resolution:Change up your flooring.

    How to make it happen: Old vinyl floors or tile floors from the 1970’s may have held up well over the years, but they don’t add a lot of beauty to your home. You can update your entire home’s look by simply changing the flooring for something more modern - or restoring the original look. Additionally, updated floors will add to the light and open feel of your home.

    Resolution: Modernize your bathroom.

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    How to make it happen: We aren’t necessarily suggesting that you install ultra-modern talking toilets - although you can if you’d like. But what we are saying is updating the hardware (faucets, cabinet hinges, door knobs and the like) or replacing that 70’s carpeting with modern tile will really spruce up your bathroom and add some value to your home.

    Resolution: Repaint your home interior.

    How to make it happen: Chipped paint or peeling wallpaper will make the interior of your home feel dingy. Fortunately, repainting is an easy fix. Just be sure to work with a balance of colors or go for an all-neutral color.

    If you like your walls, but want to give your home a little extra life, try painting interior doors. Often, real estate agents concentrate on updating the front door of your home, but you can use each door inside your home to show your personality and give the space a little extra color.PSC Jan Blog1 6 resized 600

    Resolution: Brighten up your landscape.

    How to make it happen: One of the wonderful things about living in San Mateo is that we can often create a yard which looks amazing all year long. Before you get started on picking out your favorite plants, take a look at how your landscape is organized. Is there a way to make it compliment your home even better? Do you have a few pops of color or a focal point to draw the eye? There are a lot of things you can do with landscape to make your home exterior look even more gorgeous.

    Resolution: Convert the kitchen.

    How to make it happen: A kitchen remodel is the type of change that can add value to your home as well as create a more comfortable environment for you and your family. The first step is to open up your kitchen space. This may require a big change like a wall removal.

    Next, update the walls, backsplash, cabinets, and appliances to fit your needs and wants. If you need more counter and cupboard space, consider adding a kitchen island. Finally, be sure to give the floor some attention. You don’t want a completely modern kitchen with old flooring.

    Changing the exterior and interior look of your home can add value and life for years to come. Contact us today. We can help you with any of your siding needs and our sister company, S.E.A. Construction can help you through the design and build of your home improvement

    We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

    Steven and Petalyn Albert

    S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

    How to Evaluate Reviews when Searching for a Siding Company

      
      
      
      
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    There are about a million review websites on the internet these days. We have Google, Yelp!, Houzz, Angie’s List, and many, many  others. This flood of information can make it extremely hard to get an accurate pictures of a company and know which one to choose for your siding project.

    Unfortunately, not every online review is from a reliable source. Additionally, not every company has reviews posted regarding the work it has done. We are here to give you tools so you can check out reviews and know what you are getting into when hiring a new company for siding, landscaping, remodeling, or any other type of work here in San Mateo.

    Get Personal

    The best review you can get is one from someone you actually know. Get recommendations from friends, family, and neighbors.

    See the Sights

    When you can visually see that a company has done a great job, that’s a review in itself. You can do this in a few ways:

    1. Look at the company website, Facebook page, Houzz and other sources to see pictures of their completed work.
    2. Ask the company if they have any clients whose homes you can view to see their work.
    3. See if any users of various websites like Google, Yelp, or Houzz have posted pictures of that company’s completed work.

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      Just the Facts

      Check the company out with the Better Business Bureau. In some cases (like with Peninsula Siding) you will need to look under their parent company (in our case, S.E.A. Construction Inc). Click over the customer complaints. If the profile says 0 complaints - that’s always a good sign.

      You can also check on any accreditations, endorsements, certifications, or memberships listed on the company website. Many membership organizations in the construction world require that a company follow a very specific code of conduct, stay up to date with continuing education, and more to qualify for membership.  

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      Finally, you are the best judge of who will be right for you. See if you can get an estimate from the company you are considering. Discussing your issue over the phone, meeting face to face, or even talking over email will give you a sense of the company’s level of professionalism and care.

      The best construction, remodeling, or siding company for you is the one which makes you feel comfortable, gives you options, and does the work as written in your contract.

      Contact us today and tell us about your project. We would appreciate the opportunity to work with you.

      We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

      Steven and Petalyn Albert

      S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

      Five Ways to Keep your Neighbors Happy During an Exterior Remodel

        
        
        
        
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      Any type of construction can disturb you and your neighbors. There are some renovations that are less disturbing than others, but from installing new siding to landscaping to a full remodel, there will be a certain amount of dust and noise. When that construction is done to your home, you have the opportunity to be the best neighbor ever by following these simple tips:12 Blog 3 Pic 1 resized 600

      Tip #1: Warn your neighbors about the upcoming construction. This may not be feasible to do in person, but you can certainly pop a polite note on your neighbor’s mat, warning them of the construction. Try a note like this one:

      “Dear Neighbor,                           

      “Hi! I’m Jane Doe over on 123 Mockingbird Lane. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up that I’m going to have some siding work done on my home. The construction date is Jan 5th, 2015 and they estimate the work will take three days - from Monday, Jan 5th through Weds, Jan 8th. The company, Peninsula Siding, will work from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm each day.”

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      “I’m sorry for the inconvenience!  Thanks so much being a great neighbor!”

      Your simple and polite heads up will go a long way.

      Tip #2: Try and set aside some space on the street for the construction company to park their vehicles. If you live on a cramped street, it may be a good idea to set aside a parking spot or two in advance that works for you and your neighbors. This can also help the company get the work set up and cleaned up more rapidly.

      Tip #3: Be clear with the construction company about any restrictions specific to your street or neighbors. Any special requests about your neighborhood should be put in writing so the manager can go over everything with his or her workers before your project begins. 12 Blog 3 Pic 3 resized 600

      Tip #4: Extend an olive branch to your neighbors at the end of the construction. This could be in the form of a “Thank you” note, a batch of cookies, or a house party. Let them know that you appreciate their patience with the project and be sure they know you will extend them the same courtesy.

      Tip #5: Remember, in the end, there are some people who get upset no matter what we do to insure everyone’s comfort and convenience. You may have a neighbor who was ill and was disturbed during his recuperation or some such circumstance. There is rarely a perfect solution for every person, but notifying all in advance and taking as much care as you can to be as mindful as possible will go a long way in keeping your neighbors happy.

      At Peninsula Siding Company, we work hard to make sure each and every customer is perfectly happy with the quality of work done, our timeliness, and with those employees who do the installation. Contact us today to see how you can improve the looks of your home and your neighborhood with siding. 

      We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

      Steven and Petalyn Albert

      S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

      How to Make the Right Siding Choice for your Home

        
        
        
        
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      Adding or replacing siding can change the entire look of your home. The right siding can12 Blog 2 Pic 1 resized 600 increase curb appeal, brighten the look of your house, and make your home feel welcoming. The overall look of your home rests on choosing the right siding style, color, and company for the job. Here is our “How to” on each of these aspects:

      Material:

      There are several different siding materials available. Here are the most important aspects to consider when you are choosing the type of material for your siding project:

      Durability. Different siding types have varying abilities to handle rain, hail, wind, and debris. This is an important aspect to establish right off the bat. You don’t want your siding to become damaged or scratched as soon as it is installed.

      Energy efficiency. Some siding types have different thicknesses and require specific types of insulation to prevent heat-loss. It’s important to understand that siding, once installed, will become an integral part of your home’s envelope. You want siding that will allow your home to breath sufficiency, without great heat-loss.

      Overall aesthetics. Clearly, you want a siding style and color which will work with the overall look you are going for. This may mean you need brick siding, wood, stucco, or fiber cement.

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      Water resistance. Siding with greater water resistance tends to have a longer lifespan than other types of siding.

      You can always find the right siding for your home - the process may just require a professional eye. So, don’t be afraid to ask for some help during the material’s choice process!

      Color:

      You have an overall look and style you are going for when it comes to your home. After type of siding, color is the next important choice to make. You have all the colors of the rainbow to choose from, so this process can feel a little daunting. Here are questions to ask yourself while you’re trying to pick the perfect siding hue:

      What overall look are you going for?

      You want your home to have a cohesive and beautiful look. So, your first step in choosing siding material and color is to think about what look you are going for. Are you eclectic, classic, or modern?

      Picking the color and style of siding is much like picking clothes for yourself. Are you attempting to choose an outfit that says “check out this outfit” or do you want something that says “look at my amazing natural features?” This is the same thought process which will often go into choosing siding color. Do you want the color to be the first thing people notice, or the architectural style of your home?

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      What is your neighborhood like?

      We have all sorts of neighborhoods here in the Bay Area. There are eclectic spaces and places which are extremely conservative. What type of neighborhood do you live in? Can you create a look which is aesthetically pleasing and flows with the whole block?

      How is your landscaping set up?

      A simple landscape may be nicely accented by fun home colors. However, if your yard is a chaos of colors, you may want a more subdued siding look. Play with different color combinations until you find something that is perfect for you.

      Here are three additional tips when it comes to the color and type of siding:

      Tip 1. Don’t go with something just because it’s trendy. What looks good on Pinterest may look terrible on your home.

      Tip 2. Check how the colors look during different times of day. A shade of green may look amazing at dawn - but it could look stark and sickly at noon.

      Tip 3. Take a look at colors in the sunshine - outdoors.

      The Right Company for the Job:

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      1. Get a company who specializes in siding. They will know the ins and outs of siding installation, so you will get the job done right the first time.
      2. Check reviews online, on the company website, and ask for referrals from the company. Not all online review companies are reliable, but actual customers will be able to give you an idea of what to expect from the company.
      3. Get a quote for the work needed and find out what options the company provides. The more willing the siding company is to work with you and within your needs, the better a match they will be for you.

         

        Remember the cheapest company does not often equal the best company. You should have options when it comes to materials, work dates, and more.

        You can get a free estimate from Peninsula Siding Company right here. We’d love to hear about your vision!

        We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

        Steven and Petalyn Albert

        S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

        Make your Home a Winter Wonderland for the Holidays

          
          
          
          
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        No matter what holiday you celebrate, it’s always fun to decorate your home during the
        winter season. While we’d love to be able to offer a siding that changes color on a whim - blue and silver during Hanukkah and red and green on Christmas - that hasn’t been invented yet. Instead, we’re here to give you some fun ideas for your outdoor wintertime home decoration.

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        String lights are the traditional holiday decoration. You can get them in pretty much any color, length and style. Instead of stringing them all over your house only, light up the natural assets surrounding your home. Wrap outdoor string lights around trees, grape vines, your hedges, and any other beautiful space you’d like to highlight.

        Another outdoor lighting idea is to get glowing holiday orbs and scatter them around the yard, hiding them under bushes and benches, brightening up a bird bath, or creating a glowing snowman.

        BYO Snow

        You can, of course, go all out with a snow machine. But, many of us have neither the resources nor the inclination to create the powdery stuff. Instead, you can create a snowman by decorating a white faux tree or gluing glowing outdoor orbs together and decorating them. You can also get an overlarge jar, paint a cute face on it and fill it with white string lights.It doesn’t snow here in San Mateo. We at Peninsula Siding know this. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t make our own snowmen and snow.

        There are a number of different kinds of outdoor fake snow that can be purchased. You can also go traditional and use mashed potato flakes or soap flakes.

        Even though it’s the Bay Area, we say “Let it snow!”

        Lead the Way

        Not only is a bright walkway seasonal, it’s also safe for your holiday guests. There are a number of ways to brighten the path to your home.You can:

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        • Set up battery operated outdoor pillar candles at the corners of steps to make the way nice and bright.
        • Line the path with small vases holding votive candles and filled with cranberries or beads. 
        • Use glowing orbs to light the way along your front walk.
        • Decorate hedges lining your walkway with net lights.
        Even if you are considering brightening your walk just for the holiday season, remember that it’s a good idea to ensure your walkway is well-lit all year round.

        Stun them with your Entrance

        The front door and patio area are always the easiest to decorate with seasonal notes. Wreaths, oversized candy canes, and battery powered candles can turn your front door and porch into a winter wonderland.

        You can celebrate the season with natural decorations like pine boughs, poinsettias, and pinecones. On top of these you can add faux snow, wire stars, or bright ribbons. There are generally many wonderful decorations to choose from when it comes to brightening up the entrance to your home.

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        Have Fun with it

        One of the wonderful things about living in California is that we can often have indoor/outdoor celebrations all year round. Have fun with all your decorations by hosting a holiday barbecue early in the season.  Enjoy your outdoor space before it gets too wet or chilly to do much outdoors.

        This is the time of year for family, friends, and looking to the future. If you or someone you know is planning to update their home, be sure to contact us or forward this article along. We are happy to help!

        We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

        Steven and Petalyn Albert

        S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

        Design Your Dream Home Virtually

          
          
          
          
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        Do you have a vision in mind to update your home but don’t know where to start? Have no idea where to begin and need some design inspiration? Dream, design and scheme with this handy tool. Play with colors and siding profiles to create a custom look to give your home a fresh siding update. James Hardie has a helpful quide to let you design your dream home virtually!


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        Step One: Choose a home that resembles yours or the look you are going after.

        Step Two:  Choose a siding profile. Play with different profiles to see what you really like. Try Hardie Shingle siding instead of Hardie Plank siding. Discover which profiles best suit the overall architecture of the home you’re interested in.

        Step Three: Choose a siding color. James Hardie Siding comes finished in a number of beautiful colors that are up to date with current trends, and is completely paintable, so you have no limit to your color choices. Play to your heart’s content.

        Step Four: Choose a trim color to complement the tone of the siding color you’ve selected.

        Step Five: Choose your accents. Faux stone trim, or a door color that really pops. Experiment with different looks and discover what speaks to you.

        This handy tool gives you plenty of opportunity for trial and error, so there are no real mistakes. As you play with this tool, you will see first hand what works and what doesn’t so that there is no guess work when you are ready to buy. You will already know which color combinations and siding profiles you love.

        Once you’ve decided on the Hardie Siding treatment you would like your home to have, contact us. We’ll make your vision into a dream home reality.

        We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

        Steven and Petalyn Albert

        S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

        How to Make a Modest Home Look Larger With New Siding

          
          
          
          
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        When most people think of ideas to make their small home look more spacious, they think of indoor solutions. They think of innovative floor plans, and deceiving but smart furniture that can store just about anything. The outside of small homes, however, often get neglected and don’t quite showcase their owner’s space-saving smarts. Here are some siding ideas that can make your small home appear considerably larger that we found on the Better Homes and Gardens website.

        Consider playing up your home’s existing features. Instead of using mixed materials, which is what you do to add dimension to a broad wall, unify the materials and match the paint or stain colors. When a home’s exterior is mostly wood on the outside, why not make the garage door wooden too? Changing out the white garage door for a wooden carriage house styled garage door, stained to match the shingle siding, minimised the interruption in home’s front expanse, making it appear broader. Deepen the home by adding a welcoming front porch or portico, creating a substantial and more impactful front entry as this homeowner did, allowing the front steps take center stage with porch columns, leading to a red door flanked by sidelights.

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        Try keeping it simple. If your home has many different textures on the outside, pick a key theme and stick to it. Then add some landscaping to match the theme. For example, with the home below the owners choose a light. stone colored stucco siding and used it for the whole house. To stick with the provincial French country cottage theme, they added French doors and coordinated the landscape to fit.

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        Brighten up.  Dark colors can often make a space look smaller on the inside. The same is true for the outside of a house. Try using lighter colored siding for your home's exterior. In the house below, they not only used lighter siding, but also removed the deep covered porch and awnings that shrunk the windows, to open up the house. New steps were centered on the entryway, which has been emphasized by a tasteful balcony. A lean-to on the left has been elevated to accommodate double-hung windows and a substantial balcony to continue that line on the broad side of house, giving the home a bright, open face.

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        If you’ve been inspired by the design tips above and want to give your modest home a grander appearance, we at Peninsula Siding Company along with our partner company S.E.A. Construction can help you bring your grand scale yearnings to life. Contact us today and we’ll discuss your project.

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        Steven and Petalyn Albert

        S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

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