LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products have been specially designed to give builders the versatility to implement a variety of architectural styles to create a diverse aesthetic. “Versatility is a priority because when products are easier to work with, you can do more in terms of combining different textures and products,” says Joe Nitti, co-owner of Nitti Development, a Chicago-based builder.
Here are a few ways to enhance the exterior of new construction and remodeling projects using siding and trim.
Few buyers want a cookie-cutter exterior that looks like every other house on the block. Use of different siding styles breaks up an exterior and gives builders a chance to add character that draws in curb-appeal-loving consumers. The LP SmartSide siding product portfolio – which includes lap, panel and shake siding, trim, fascia and soffit – gives you and your customers a wide spectrum of style choices.
A variety of exterior textures creates personality and visual interest. Texture turns the boring exterior into the home that turns heads! Different areas of the country are currently trending toward different textures. Depending on your market, consider use of smooth finish and cedar grain textures to differentiate your projects.
It’s easy for builders to add visual sophistication with trim. Well-chosen trim around windows and doors makes them appear larger and more inviting. LP® SmartSide® Trim & Fascia products come in different lengths, widths, profiles, textures and substrates, giving builders even greater options to vary the look of an exterior and achieve any look.
“To add a more modern visual appeal, you can contrast siding and trim with different bold colors,” says Nitti. “This could include a mix of contrasting bright white tones and deeper, darker blues/grey tones, like those used on the Berteau Development. Additionally, having different siding combinations on different elevations can add a sharper look overall.”
“Having a wide variety of color options is key to making homes truly unique, especially many modern builds that are more narrow in structure,” Nitti continues.
Need inspiration to design a home exterior? Visit the LPSmartSide.com for help on finding inspiration on the exact look you want. With products this versatile, the possibilities are virtually endless!
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It’s no surprise that 97% of realtors say that curb appeal is most important to a potential buyer, which makes keeping up with the latest exterior trends a priority to homeowners. While traditional exteriors like stone and brick can add uniqueness as accents, according to LP industry experts, homeowners these days are gravitating toward sleeker and smoother siding options to cover the bulk of their homes.
Both general contractors and building product dealers have a lot on the line when they use subs, so it’s important to understand subcontractor liability. It’s common for both dealers and Big Box retailers to hire a subcontractor to install materials like hardwood flooring purchased at their stores. GCs likewise have relationships with many trade subcontractors.
In recent years, designers have offered new visions of this classic style and have dubbed it the “modern farmhouse.” Chip and Joanna Gaines from the home improvement show Fixer Upper were relentless promoters of the modern farmhouse aesthetic, which helped make it chic and add “shiplap” to more people’s vocabulary. Last year, Builder magazine named the modern farmhouse one of the top 5 trends in floor plans. While craftsman homes still account for about 25 percent of all house plans, the modern farmhouse is rapidly gaining ground and now has about 15 percent market share.