UTAH SEMI-CUSTOM NEW BUILD - MOUNT VALLEY PROJECT
Last summer after a couple of jammed-packed days, with the clients and vendors, we wrapped up our time together by sitting around a small conference table. It was there that we did lots of over-lay sketches to explore different options for the location and configuration of the exterior finish materials.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN SELECTING EXTERIOR FINISHES
Like with interior finishes, exterior selections are the same - when chosen well, they will make the architecture sing! To achieve that kind of melody, it takes careful thought and consideration. The melody is played out by creating depth and interest through the repetition and variety of materials, all while creating balance and continuity.
Starting with the front elevations, and continuing with all the others, we made our way around the house, paying close attention to the details, projections, and the ins-and-outs of the architecture. Essentially we were looking for different planes to provide transitions to start and stop different finishes.
Additionally, we considered areas of the architecture that have both visual and physical prominence, and how the different material choices would enhance and support those areas.
Although this wasn’t an easy feat, you can see from the photos that we had a lot to work with architecturally. In the end we created a final schematic where we noted material choices and locations..
THE TAKE AWAY
When transitioning from one material to the next, for both exterior and interior finishes, there needs to be an architectural break between the different materials. Otherwise the transitions will look random and unfinished.
In most situations (unless we’re going for a very modern and austere look), I like to use at least three different materials as part of the exterior finishes. The rule of three is an easy way to achieve depth and interest, and to avoid, monolithic looking architecture.
For an even more beautiful presentation, consider repeating exterior finish materials in the hardscape. For instance, if white limestone, or brick is being used in the architecture, you might want to use touches of it as pavers in the landscape.