This post is sponsored by James Hardie®. All words and opinions are, as always, honest and my own.
I’ve already shared that our new house in Minnesota has amazing bones. It has a functional and intelligent floor plan, it has many brilliant features (like outlets in the soffits for Christmas lights and in-wall night lights that go up the staircase.) The changes that we’ve made to it, with the exception of replacing some of the appliances and “guts” of the house that were at the end of their life, have been largely cosmetic. They were changes to customize the house to suit our tastes.
And, almost all of these changes, are ones we talked about before we moved in. One of the changes we talked about was replacing the siding. Even when I first looked at the listing, before we knew we would move to Minnesota or buy this house, I said that I loved the shape of this house, but the color of it reminds me of an ace bandage.
Now, in all fairness, browns and beiges are all the rage in Minnesota, so I am in the minority. Probably nine out of ten of the houses in our neighborhood are beige. But, as you know, I’m not really a beige girl. I even wouldn’t mind a nice gray-beige or pale creamy beige, but this is a very pinky-beige.
I knew even then that it seems a little silly and frivolous to replace perfectly good siding just to change the color.
When we had the home inspection, though, we learned that there are other reasons to put replacing the siding on our “one day to-do” list. The back of our house is south facing, which means we get amazing light all day, but it also means the siding on the largest side of our house is exposed to extremes. In the winter, it’s chilled by sub-zero temperatures and then, even on a cold day, it is awash in pretty intense sunlight.
This has caused warping and bubbling in the vinyl siding on the back side of the house. It’s nothing major at this point, but it is unsightly and something we need to keep an eye on over the next few years.
As I’ve been looking around our neighborhood at homes I like and conducting some researching online, I keep coming back to the same siding option – James Hardie ® siding.
First of all, the fiber cement siding just looks great.
It has the substantial look of traditional wood siding, but James Hardie ® brings even more to the table than just good looks…
- It stands up to moisture and harsh weather
- Water resistant to protect against swelling, warping and cracking; also resists damage from mold
- Won’t be eaten by animals or insects
- More fire resistant than wood or vinyl siding
- ColorPlus® Technology finishes can add years of unrivaled color performance. Multiple coats of color are baked onto the board for a brilliant finish that resists chipping, peeling, cracking and fading
And, in my independent research, I found that according to Remodeling Magazine, upgrading to fiber cement siding was one of the top investments to make in your home, with an average return of 78 – 100%. (Apparently, few home improvements return more than 100% of the investment.) I don’t usually base decorating decisions on rate of return, but it’s always nice to know that you’re spending money wisely when it comes to home improvement.
James Hardie ® knows they have a great product and they stand behind it 100% with a 30 year warranty on siding and 15 years on trim.
I’m still at the dreaming stage, but I like to do research well in advance for large projects, so I ordered three samples of the colors I was most attracted to in their Select Cedarmill texture. Of course, they were blue & white! I have always been drawn to houses that are either white, blue/gray, or yellow. Even when I was a teenager and my parents were building our house in Florida, I tried to sway my mom to pick the blue/gray color scheme.
Can you guess what color scheme she picked?
Yep, she went with beige.
I don’t picture this particular house being well suited for yellow, so I selected Arctic White, Light Mist, and Boothbay Blue.
After looking at the samples (which are surprisingly heavy for their size), I narrowed it down to Arctic White and Light Mist. There is a house down the street with shingled cement board siding in a color similar to Light Mist and I rubber-neck every time Sebastian and I walk by. And, I just don’t think you can go wrong with a classic, white house.
So, I thought it would be fun to sample these colors on my house. I am not very good in Photoshop, so I asked my assistant, Heidi, who does all of my graphics, etc., if she could do it. (I don’t know what I would do without her!) She played around with it and here is (roughly) what my house would look like in Arctic White with matching white trim…
And, in Light Mist with white trim…
Wow! I really like both of them! Hmmm… tough choice.
Which one would you choose?
Well, with all of the other projects on our to-do list, I’ll have a long time to think about it! It’s fun to dream, though.
If your dreaming or even planning to upgrade to James Hardie® Siding, click HERE to download an Inspiration Guide and/or click HERE to request your own three FREE samples in the finish and colors of your choosing.