Inspiration7 min

Creating Distinction and Variety in Tract Housing

Some new-build communities have limited exterior design options, making entire neighborhoods look the same, with little variety in appearance to distinguish one home from its next-door neighbor.

This invariable style is often a homeowners’ chief disappointment, leading them to contact you to request your help in expressing their personal style and to stand out among the similar-styled houses. There are a number of products and key finishing details that can add up to a custom look. 

Make the Entry a Focal Point

Depending on the architectural style of the home, a portico can not only provide a more welcoming entry, it can change the personality of the home, shifting it from ho-hum to gracious and stately. Size, type and appearance of the support columns, stairway balusters, floor and roof materials can all add additional distinction.

Customize the Garage Door

Many new-build communities position the garage front and center to the street elevation. Install a custom garage door in either a bold color or with geometric shapes and flank either side with statement light fixtures.

Install Trim

To improve aesthetics of an otherwise ordinary house, install new trim or replace existing trim around your home’s key features, like gables, columns and windows. LP® SmartSide® trim is available in a wide assortment of widths, in both smooth and cedar texture and in a 16-foot length and can allow for a cleaner look with fewer seams. With this, builders have many trim options to best enhance the current aesthetic. 

Transform Exterior Details

For longer-lasting curb appeal, re-side with LP SmartSide siding products in a vibrant and contemporary color palette. LP SmartSide siding is pre-primed and ready to be painted, and is available in either cedar texture or smooth lap siding. For an extra level of intrigue, install in a board and batten style siding, painted in an attractive and modern color.

Many new-build communities use Homeowner Associations (HOAs). A recent LP blog offers practical advice for remodelers building their business while working with HOAs. 

If you have questions about installation of LP SmartSide Trim & Siding products, please contact LP by email or phone (1-888-820-0325) for more information and support.

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Business Advice6 min

Plywood Vs. LP® SmartSide® for Sheds

For years, plywood materials such as T1-11 shed siding have been a top choice for outdoor structures. They can be used for everything from shed flooring and walls to furniture, which makes them a convenient option—but they’re not the only option. Despite plywood being top-of-mind for many, engineered wood products can help boast a greater value when it comes to outdoor structures.

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News & Stories7 min
Learn From Industry Experts: Best Practices for Multigenerational Construction

A multigenerational workforce is not a new concept, but as a new community of tech-savvy builders enters the industry the gap between generations may seem wider than ever. Though there are some natural challenges that come with it, a multigenerational workforce also provides a more curious and diverse environment for all skill levels and ages.

Business Advice5 min
What Does Energy Star Certified Mean?

Environmentally friendly living continues to be top-of-mind for homeowners. Because many want homes that are built for energy efficiency, professional builders must prepare to discuss this topic with their clients and to provide options for a build that promotes energy efficiency and minimal environmental impact.

Business Advice6 min
Storage and Handling 101: LP Structural Solutions

Before installation begins, proper storage and handling is critical as you receive products onto the jobsite. When products are handled properly and in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, you can help avoid damage to new products, use what you order, and help ensure that the product will perform as intended once installed.