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Darker colors are among trends in exterior home design

Posted 27 March 2019 by Team Hudson

Dark house paint colors are in. In recent years, more and more homeowners have been choosing darker shades for their painting projects. Dark green, brown or blue homes with bright white trim can make a beautiful statement. You needn’t stop there, though. Many new projects also are featuring both darker trim and siding, resulting in dark-on-dark color schemes. Other homes stick with the classic dark-and-light combination — but reversed, with light siding (think white, light yellow or a classic pale green) with deep black trim.

What else is hot in exterior design and remodeling? Let’s take a look.

Shake siding: This goes well with the trend of dark home exteriors, as natural cedar can create stunning curb appeal, as seen in this job we completed near Lake Whatcom. Don’t be shy about painting your shake, though. With so many gorgeous colors available, the options are practically limitless (maybe take inspiration from these colors of the year). Cedar takes paint well, but be sure to prime it first.

Painted brick: Speaking of paint, painted brick is another trend that can add fresh appeal to a home’s exterior. As a siding material, brick has staying power, and painted brick certainly does too, as it’s been done for years. If you’ve been thinking about painting yours, perhaps now’s the time. By the way, brick is being painted on new construction and remodels, too, so if your home doesn’t have any existing brick to paint, don’t fear!

A return to older styles: Shake and brick not your thing? Another fun trend of late is the re-emergence of such styles as shiplap siding and board and batten. Both styles offer classic looks that continue to stand the test of time (as opposed to, say, grooved plywood siding). Shiplap was a lot more common around here in the first part of the 20th century, before plywood became commonly used. It was often used as a substrate for flooring and roofing materials, but it works well as a siding option, too.

Outdoor living spaces: You don’t have to live in the southern U.S. to make use of outdoor living spaces. In fact, being in the PNW is all the more reason — where on earth is more beautiful than here? Homeowners today are making true use of their outdoor spaces, using such elements as high-quality furniture and built-in cooking appliances in covered spaces truly meant to be extensions of the home. Need some inspiration? Check out this gallery from House Beautiful.

Learn more: Porches, patios and sunrooms
make the most of summer living
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If you’re considering an update to your Pacific Northwest home, contact us here at Hudson, and we’d love to walk you through these options and many more.

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New siding, trim boosts curb appeal of these Whatcom County homes

Posted 28 June 2018 by Team Hudson

How’s your curb appeal these days?

When you get in your car to head to work, do you find yourself checking the rearview mirror for one last glance at your lovely mansion? Or would you rather not see that faded paint and worn siding any more than absolutely necessary?

If you’ve been thinking that your house is looking a little worse for wear lately, you’re probably not alone. (After all, your neighbors have likely noticed it, too.)

What’s worse, old siding and trim can be more than just an aesthetic problem. Gaps in your siding and around your windows and doors can be entry points for water and insects, both of which can cause large amounts of damage in little time. In the Pacific Northwest, heavy rainfalls and infrequent sunshine can exacerbate extant moisture problems.

Thankfully, a good cladding of solid trim can help seal your home, keeping the weather out and the warmth (or cold) in.

Recently, Hudson Remodeling completed a complete exterior siding and trim upgrade for one local customer, and we’ve been eager to show you the difference! It looks like an entirely new home — bold, beautiful and, most importantly, better protected against the elements.

Living in the Northwest means coming to terms with rain and wind and the damage that moisture can do to a home. Peeling paint, mildew, moss, rotted siding … many things that can happen to a house given enough time in the PNW weather. Thankfully, good siding — with a good installation — can withstand these elements, and this exterior refresh has put this home on a path toward health and beauty for decades to come. We’ve even heard from the neighbors how much they love the improvements.

Here’s another before/after set for you. Mismatched window and door trim left this home feeling a little uninspired. But the new version — with wide, Craftsman-style trim and a cohesive paint job — greatly improves the exterior look. (The addition doesn’t hurt, either, but that’s a story for another day.)

By the way, replacing siding also is a great time to replace any windows and doors that could use an upgrade, too. If your home still features single-pane aluminum or wood windows, for example, upgrading could mean a huge boost not only in looks, but in energy efficiency. That could mean savings of as much as $460 per year.

If your home’s exterior siding and trim could use a little TLC, consider giving Hudson a call. Our experts can give you an estimate and offer tips on the best options for your type of home and location.

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