Proudly beaming in both sun and moonlight, the quintessential log home
is an expression of a homeowner’s unique and personalized lifestyle. From a ski resort to mountain lodge to a cabin on the river, your home is a ray of life, extending its welcoming hand out to greet guests and welcome you home. Directing the experience to be either relaxed or stately, the exterior of your home is often the first thing considered before committing to a certain home plan.
For many log home enthusiasts, choosing the overall look of their home is often an accumulation of many months, and even years of careful planning and research. From site location
, home orientation and architectural design
, the face of your home will likely have a very distinct, custom style
before the process is over.
But did you know that the types of finishing materials and also color scheme can have a profound effect on not only the overall look but performance of your home?
You may have scoured magazines and the internet for that perfect vision of your future perfect rustic haven. Clipping photos and discussing with likely specialists like stainers, roofers, masons and landscapers. Each having their own opinions and sharing their experiences, your vision may exacerbate into information overload quickly.
To help simplify the myriad of choices to sift though, here are a few pointers to help you select the best palette for your lifestyle:
Exterior Stain: Covering the majority of the exterior field area of your home, color makes all the different. Lighter, transparent stains show more natural effects of wood’s character, but darker stains typically protect longer against damaging UV rays. Certain architectural styles traditionally favor lighter/darker tones and contrasting details. Consider those factors first, and then decide if you like dark or light hues. Then select a color family: Golds, Reds, Browns, Grays or “colors”. Now, your choices are now narrowed down to two or three possibilities. Sample them on an actual log or wood sample and view it outdoors in all forms of natural light before deciding.
Window/Door Cladding: With many options available, the most popular today is aluminum clad windows and doors. Offered in many colors, this is a minor detail worth a second look. Classic tones like bronze, taupe and cream are timeless and simple. Traditional tones like green and berries speak the universal log home language. Custom colors like chocolate, slate blue and sage green set a new precedent in personal customization and expression of style. Whatever your flavor, keep in mind that these windows or doors will be a permanent fixture on your home for many years to come, and that trendy looks can date faster than they can appreciate.
Roof: First things first- what will give you the best performance combined with maintenance and look will ultimately lead you to the material of choice. Whether it is metal standing seam, slate tile, or even architectural asphalt shingles, the combination of texture, color, roof pitch and color can dramatically change the look of your home. Metal offers the opportunity to express your style with color. Earth tone shingles hug the earth and blend into its natural environment. Darker roofs shorten a tall home, while a lighter shade lifts the eye up and reflects light.
Hardware/Lighting: Ever see the perfect log home, but maybe something either didn’t feel right, or was so beautifully coordinated to perfection? Door hardware and accessories are like the jewelry of your home. Maybe you like a more rustic, hardy look. Or the sophistication of a soft curved oiled bronze. Maybe an aged verdigris or copper is more your style. This “jewelry” sets the formality of the home - from elegant to down home country. Consider the best quality you can afford, in standard sizes should they ever need replacing on a custom door. If this element is neglected, you may be surprised to find a starter grade in a finish installed that may not wear well for your use or draw unnecessary attention to a forgotten item. Why buy and install these items twice when you can do it once and do it right.
Masonry: Whether natural or cultured, the stonework on your home is an important element of your home, much like the muscles on the frame. Strong and commanding, stone can mimic a European estate or mountain lodge. Think of what types of naturally occurring stones are common to your home’s locale. Be it river rock or flagstone, choosing an indigenous stone look will complement rather than dictate your style and how it relates to your natural landscape. Do you like a random handful of color, with both lights and darks in no particular pattern? Or does your home call for the symmetry and geography of drystack ledgestone? Even if you have two different shades both inside the home and out, keeping a similar style is essential. Contrasting stones lose the harmony and bring a noticeable change in focus.
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