The decision to install LP® SmartSide® treated engineered wood trim and siding is an easy one for most homeowners, thanks to the rich cedar grain texture, the long-lasting finish, and the proprietary SmartGuard® manufacturing process which helps to maintain long-term durability and strength. Choosing the right color and texture for a home, however, can be much more challenging! Here are some exterior remodeling ideas to help you ignite the creativity in your home remodeling project.
Using cedar shakes in dormers and second-story facades is a simple way to add architectural detail to your home. You can paint them the same color as the rest of the house or go with a lighter shade to draw attention upward. You can also complement your lap siding with a stone or brick treatment wrapped around the lower portion of your home.
Modern homes often use traditional house siding materials in new and exciting ways. Consider creating a pattern of wide and narrow lap siding to give your home a clean, layered look.
Your remodeler can incorporate simple trim accents in your dormers and roof peaks to help enhance curb appeal. Trim accents can also transform porch columns into beautiful works of art that help create a welcoming entrance area. Before adding trim accents on your home, look at the other houses on your street. Too many accents can leave your home looking over-designed and out of place.
When you choose LP® SmartSide® trim and siding, you’ll have the opportunity to select almost any color combination that you desire. Choose colors that complement your roof color with contrast while enhancing the surrounding homes and environment. If you choose to use two colors, apply the lighter color to the upper portions of your home for a natural, balanced look. Use the LP SmartSide Visualizer to upload a photo of your home and explore different siding options and colors.
To discover more smart design ideas, visit the LP SmartSide Gallery. When you’re ready to begin your home renovation, find a remodeler that installs LP SmartSide products to bring your vision to life!
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