PDCo Home: Counters

vanity with thick quartz edge

When countertops get installed, you know you are nearing the finish line! I was really excited for our counters because I had the opportunity to do a few details I had been wanting to try out for a while! Check them out below!

master bathroom

Our vanity was something I had been dreaming about and designing for a long time! I wanted something modern and simple, but warm, and also something that looked more like a furniture piece. The custom design for the vanity achieved all of those things! But most of all, I designed it to accommodate a thickened quartz face AND an extra tall quartz backsplash, with the veins aligning the whole way through. The fabricators did an incredible job executing my vision, and I couldn’t be happier with how these details all came together.

We also used the same quartz for our shower bench, again, with the veins carrying from the front and side onto the top. This baby came in one large piece, which was shocking! And would you believe it was installed AFTER the tile? A perfect fit! It extends past the tile edge so we can add shower glass which will sit on top of the bench. All in the details, and this planning ahead took a few sketches to get just right!

We did the same counter in Finn’s bathroom, but with a standard thickness and just a 4″ quartz backsplash. I need to get some photos of her bathroom and vanity because it’s just so cute!

kitchen counters

I always imagined I’d have white counters with grey veins in my kitchen. That’s my go-to and I always love how crisp and modern it looks on just about any cabinet. But the more I looked at our warm Scandinavian palette, white just didn’t feel right anymore. I wanted a warm, calm, neutral space. When I found Pental Quartz Nordic Grey (how appropriately named!), I knew it was the one. Of course my brain went into overdrive and tried to make me second-guess the decision a few times. But I’m glad I held strong because our counters are the perfect choice. There is just the right amount of variation — it’s so subtle!

miscellaneous areas

The pantry counters match the kitchen but I have to share this photo (even if it is a little blurry) because this space turned out beautifully. I love the extra warmth the wood planks bring in as the “backsplash.” This little nook is so cozy and one of my favorite features of the home.

The second photo is the custom vanity I designed for our powder room. I included it because there’s no counters here! I really wanted this space to have a vanity with a simple wood top. The travertine vessel sink would not have presented as beautifully with any type of counter. Wood was it’s soul mate!

We are certainly in the home stretch of sharing the details of #pdcohome! Plumbing, lighting, hardware, and some other fixtures will just about cover it, but we all know those details bring so much character to a home! I look forward to sharing them soon!


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PDCo Home: Tile

tile preparation

Well we are officially moved into #pdcohome but the end of construction came with a lot of busy-ness between final decisions, prepping for a move, and running a business! So I’m now going back through old photos, catching up on content, and excited to continue to share the last phases of the construction process!

Our tile had been done for quite some time that I could have shared sooner, but I wanted to wait until our kitchen backsplash was done as well so I could share everything at once! We have a few main areas that were tiled in the home: the master bathroom and closet, Finn’s bathroom, the mudroom, powder room, and kitchen backsplash. Scroll down to check them out!

master bathroom installation

Our bathroom was definitely the biggest undertaking for the amount of tile, due to the extra large walk-in shower/wet room. Combine that with 9′-0″ ceilings and it’s going to take some time for completion! The installers started with the floors, adding heated flooring through the bathroom and closet, then installing the tile there as well as the shower floor.

Next they moved on to the shower walls, which took a long long time but was so exciting to watch! Each piece was 2×10 and individually set. Finley in the picture for scale, I guess, hah!

Once the grout was in, the variation felt like it really started to pop, but overall the space feels so soft and soothing. The wall tile is also a matte finish which helps the room feel more natural. It’s Bedrosian’s beautiful and popular Makoto tile, which may be my new favorite, too.

kitchen backsplash

Moving on to one of my next favorite spaces, the kitchen backsplash! It took me a while to decide on the tile for this space. I didn’t want anything too modern or too traditional. It needed to fit into both a bit and just feel classic. I was excited when I finally landed on Riad Tile’s 2×6 zellige tile, which added the perfect amount of a handcrafted look and texture to an otherwise very simple kitchen palette.

Unfortunately my phone did not like the lighting when these photos were taken so they’re a bit blurry, but eventually better photos will come as I finish cleaning the house and start to share more!!

mudroom & powder room floors

I guess I’m just pretty bad at taking photos lately, because I don’t have many others to show at the moment! But I absolutely love our floors in the mudroom! It’s a large format porcelain with a tumbled edge so it looks and feels like travertine. I love the earthy look it brings to this space, and I liked it so much, I used it in the powder room as well! I had something else picked out for that space, but in the end felt like this was a better choice. So glad I did!

tumbled porcelain tile
finn’s bathroom

Currently MIA, Finn’s bathroom has no photos to share! We went with a white matte penny tile on the floors. We threw in a cheap shower surround at the moment until I can make a better decision on the tile for that space. Funny (but also not) how I’ve been so indecisive on my own home! I have a feeling this will be an upcoming project to get that area finished up!

You are sure to see more snippets of the tile around our home in the coming posts. After months of having finishes covered up for protection, it was the best feeling to pull off all the paper and get things cleaned up. Plus, seeing all of the finishes combined together for the “full picture” was like a reveal in itself for us! Can’t wait to share!

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PDCo Home: Cabinetry

white oak cabinets
white oak cabinets

Last week was such a momentous one! Cabinet installation happened last week and seeing the final color come together perfectly made it all SO worth the wait! Sharing all the details on our cabinetry below!

inset cabinets & slab doors

We went with an inset cabinet paired with a slab door. I was inspired by the inset cabinetry I’ve done in the past for clients, which typically have a Shaker door panel, but the top narrow drawer is a slab. And I always LOVED the clean look of that top drawer. So I wanted to take it a step further and do the slabs on all drawers and doors. This look is apparently unheard of according to the dozens of cabinet companies we talked to. This is because 99% of cabinet companies use MDF for the cabinet doors with a wood veneer. This is because MDF doesn’t warp like solid wood doors do. However, this posed a huge problem for the look we wanted to achieve. The veneer took stain differently from the solid wood cabinet frame, giving it a two-tone look! I definitely wasn’t going for that.

After doing a deep dive on this with Dave from Faber Built, a local cabinet company in Spokane, he spent a good chunk of time researching options and making the impossible possible for me. We went with solid quartersawn white oak doors (instead of MDF/veneer) and solid face frames to achieve such a simplistic aesthetic. Everything was grain matched, and it all turned out exactly like I imagined! The interiors have solid maple dovetailed drawers, the boxes are made of birch, and we will have roll-out drawers with a special dovetail detail that I’m excited to show off!

the perfect stain & other details

Our cabinets have a custom stain applied. Nope, I don’t have the details on what that custom stain is made up of! It took MANY MANY attempts at color matching our floors to get a similar undertone. Then the cabinets got sprayed with stain, and we brought a few pieces up to the house, and it wasn’t quite right. It was such a tease because we were so ready to get them installed! I just couldn’t keep them that way. So we did another round of color matches with a tinted top coat. After a few more tries, we NAILED it! We spent a few extra weeks reworking the color, so we were a bit behind schedule, which was tough. But worth it!

You probably won’t notice much of a difference in the color from the photos below to the final install, but it was noticeable in person! Thankfully it’s absolutely perfect now!

Our back panel of the island was also something I had a pretty clear vision on but took a few tries to get it just the way we wanted. From the width and depth of each groove and overall width of each plank, to the way they will connect with the furniture base, it all was carefully planned and executed. I was later inspired to add this same detail to the back wall of our pantry. It’s coming soon and I can’t wait! There may be a little twist on this planked look for our powder room vanity as well. The inspiration for the all of these pieces has just kept coming! It’s been really fun to “play” a little extra on this project.

bathroom vanities

Our bathroom vanities are also all custom. Our master vanity in particular took some extra work to figure out the details. You’ll see what I mean once the countertops go in. For now, I’m just admiring the clean look of the drawers. The guys at Faber used a consistent grain from left to right across the entire vanity. Once all the drawers are in, you’ll be able to appreciate this detail even more. You see this same detail throughout our kitchen cabinets! They were built into large sections and the grain matches perfectly top to bottom. It’s all in the details, and I’m glad because it makes my OCD real happy.

More pieces are on their way, including a whole bunch of floating shelves for different areas of the home and…cabinet hardware! Lots of good things coming!


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PDCo Home: Flooring

wide plank engineered floors
wide plank engineered floors

We have floors! And they are more beautiful than anything, and just as perfect as I had imagined. Our installers completed it in about 3 days, so we had quick results of seeing this finish pull together! And the house just looks so much like a house with the floors in. So let’s talk about it!!

I knew I wanted very wide plank flooring. I was really hoping for at least 6″ even though when I saw the 9-10″ boards I was in literal Heaven. Given this specification alone, I knew we’d be looking at an engineered product. I have nothing against engineered floors, in fact, I specify them all the time because if you know what to look for, they are REALLY good! But I had a few other non-negotiables when it came to finding the right product…

non-negotiable #1: quality wear layer

There are many engineered products out there that are affordable, but the wear layer is paper thin. I wanted a flooring that could live through a few sanding/refinishing over it’s lifetime. Raising our budget to help with the cost of sourcing a quality product with this extra thick wear layer was a must. I didn’t want to be tearing apart our house down in the road to replace garbage floors.

wide plank engineered floors
non-negotiable #2: color & tone

The second non-negotiable for me was color, of course. When sourcing engineered products, most come prefinished. Finding the right tone can really limit your options if you have a particular look in your head, which of course, I did. I wanted a natural/light oak color. I did NOT want something that looked like it had a whitewash (even a light one) over it. Not too orange, either. I finally found a product with the perfect muted brown hue. Once I found that, it was hard to find anything that came close to making my heart flutter.

flooring specifications

I looked at probably 30+ floor samples. But I came back to my first choice. Why do I always torture myself like this?! I have looked at this flooring for well over a year — every time I went to one of the local showrooms to source for clients, I would pass by it and stare with envy. But I wanted to be sure I had explored all my options and price points.

So what did we ultimately choose? Duchateau Grande Savoy in Vicomte was the winner! With occasional knots and the perfect brownish-grey tone, it was love. And seeing it in our home, I know it is the perfect backdrop for everything else!

I was able to capture a few videos of the installation (as the guys were almost done and just had the hallway left!). I always love watching subcontractors work and do their craft! Check out the video below:

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PDCo Home: Color Selection & Painting

best white paint color
best white paint color

I’m a few weeks behind in writing this post, so many of you already know we completed painting the house around the holidays! We chose to take on this task ourselves to offset some of the budget overages in other areas. It was definitely hard work, but with access to a sprayer, it made the job feel less daunting! Seeing the walls painted with fresh white paint brought us one step closer to watching the interior finishes come together. The house finally had a clean feeling to it (except for the plywood floors still).

white dining room
sampling whites

A few months ago over on Instagram, I shared some stories about my process for making color samples, and the four whites I was trying out from Miller Paint. (I also made a whole video about this last summer for our Pittsburg Residence, which you can view here.) I have never used any of these whites from Miller Paint’s Evolution line, so it took some time for me to try them out and narrow it down since I had no past experience to fall back on. But there was one that stood out right away, called Sugar Dust. While I kept this one at the top of my list, I still made sure to check the others with our other samples and in our home’s light.

At the end of my sampling process (which is a several day job), Sugar Dust still came out victorious. It’s the perfect amount of a fresh white feeling yet just warm enough to provide a soft look.

white master bathroom
white paint colors
some background on miller paint

Miller Paint is a local company to the Pacific Northwest, with stores across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Their paint formula was made specifically for the Pacific Northwest, created by a Portland artist and painter, Ernest Miller. The company’s whole history and mission is fascinating to me and I love the local aspect to it.

the final specifications

Let’s get to it! Paint is always the question designers get asked most about. Half of my in-home consultations cover color questions. I know with my own home, people will be intrigued about the “recipe” we’ve created.

With our drywall, we did a smooth coat finish and we topped that with a thick layer of primer which we sprayed and then rolled for best coverage (contractor’s orders!). The primer we used was Miller Paint’s Super Seal. Between the product and technique, we had really good coverage!

Next, we picked up our Sugar Dust Evolution paint in their “paper” finish, which is their equivalent to a matte sheen. In our bathrooms, we bumped up to the “canvas” finish for a bit more protection. The Evolution line is pure luxury — so thick and creamy, you can feel AND see a difference! Best of all, we only had to do one coat and the coverage was incredible!

Last thing to note — we did the walls and ceiling in the same color. When going with white, I see no reason to do a lighter/brighter white on the ceiling. Having a natural flow from the walls to the ceiling makes the room feel bigger because your eyes aren’t stopping from a visual break in color. For our trim, we’ll also do the same color (because hello, modern) but we will switch over to their specialty trim paint in semi-gloss. Again, the same color will have a nice flow, but the change in sheen will give the slightest variation due to light reflectance.

white hallway sugar dust
upcoming events about paint

We’ve had so much fun collaborating with Miller Paint’s team on our project, and we have some exiting upcoming events planned! From giveaways to live discussions/Q&A’s, be sure to keep an eye out on Instagram for these!

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PDCo Home: All About Our Stone!

stone exterior modern home
stone exterior modern home

If you haven’t seen our post about the exterior design concept, be sure to start there! That vision was the driving force behind all other decisions for our home’s exterior. The last blog post shared more information about our primary siding material, which is cedar. Today I’m excited to share more detailed information about our accent material, stone.

I have to say, finding the right stone was one of the trickiest things with our house design! I had a lot of ideas of what I liked, but sourcing the actual product required looking through dozens of online vendors and local stone suppliers, and HUNDREDS of products. Eventually though, I found the perfect option that complimented our cedar beautifully as well as fit the modern organic aesthetic we are going for.

stone walkway
stone breezeway
stone locations

From the beginning of our exterior planning, I knew I wanted to mix natural materials, and I had a few ideas of where I’d locate them. I always wanted a stone hallway that connected the main house from the master suite. When creating the floor plan, I made sure this hallway was notched in from the walls next to it so we would have a natural stopping point of the stone. I love how it looks with a large black windows on both sides of the house!

I wanted to be sure to incorporate the stone on the front façade as well. Again, a bump-out for the entry/stairs created a perfect “block” for applying the stone. I’m never a fan of stone applied as a “skirt” — the 3′-0″ or so at the bottom of so many houses. I like it to look as intentional as possible, so bringing it up to the roof line to make it look more authentic.

The last location we have stone is on the outside of our fireplace. And one of our most common questions is if we have the stone on the inside of our house, too. The answer is — no! We have a more modern aesthetic and wanted to keep the interior very simple. I worried if I started pulling the stone into the interior, the home would start feeling too rustic or traditional. I think we’ve struck the balance of modern and natural quite well so far!

stone accents on modern house
stone exterior
the specifications

I know this has already been one of the top questions about our house, so I’ll get right down to it. We chose Eldorado Stone’s Casa Blanca Rough Cut for our stone. Here’s what we loved: muted creamy white color, large sized stone mixed with some smaller pieces, organic shape for a more natural — almost primitive — aesthetic, and rough edges so the stone has a perfectly imperfect feel.

For our grout, there wasn’t a particular color we selected. When viewing options, none of the tints had the lightness we wanted without it turning grey. So our mason did a white sand/white cement mixture and it was exactly what I imagined in my head to keep the stone feeling natural.

We did an overgrout to further enhance a more organic shape to the stone. I found without this technique, this particular stone can have a more linear feel. We roughed up the grout with some scraping techniques to help get some texture to it. Be sure to check out this video that captures some of the installation!

stone house with black windows
the installation process

Since we live in a location with four seasons… i.e. COLD weather, we had to prepare for some chilly nights. This means the guys had to create a heat tent to prevent freezing or moisture variation in the mortar. The heat had to run throughout the night until it was cured. Thankfully, these guys are FAST and the overall installation took just a few days. Despite being in the middle of winter, we happened to get our installation days on some of the nicer days. The tent was still necessary for the evening, but boy did it get toasty in there! The guys were wearing t-shirts and it felt like a cozy greenhouse! Plus, it made it kind of fun to see the tent pulled away to get a final reveal!

stone installation with coverage
stone installation spokane
the video reveal

I had so much fun capturing a few videos of the masons and I loved watching their techniques. It was exciting to see the last of the exterior together, and I hope you enjoy watching it as well in this video!

Overall, the stone added just the right element to our home and the look we are going for. We are super excited for some additional stone projects we will complete in the warmer months, including a gated entry and mailbox! We’ll also be adding an additional stone walkway to the future garage. Big plans ahead!

Have questions about the stone? Drop them in the comments below!

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PDCo Home: Cedar Siding

If you haven’t seen our post about the exterior design concept, be sure to start there! That vision was the driving force behind all other decisions for our home’s exterior. Today I’m excited to share more detailed information behind the actual product selections and process. Not to mention, the first glimpses of these materials being installed!

the BASICS ON CEDAR

Once I determined cedar would be our primary material, I had a lot to figure out when it came to the color. I researched bleaching oils, wood species, wood grades, and more — there’s so much that goes into the final appearance.

Many people are familiar with red cedar as it’s the most common in our area. It ranges from knotty to clear, with most people desiring the clear cedar for it’s clean, modern look. However, that clean wood comes at a high price! The golden red undertones of this wood also was a factor I needed to consider. I was looking for more of a neutral brown tone.

the new kid on the block

Fast forward a bit, and I stumbled across a cedar known as Port Orford Cedar when researching online. It’s much less common. In fact, when I called our local lumber supply stores and mills, most thought I was crazy and didn’t know what I was talking about. Traditionally, this cedar was used for building boats and Japanese temples. And just like other cedars, it has an amazing scent to it, kind of ginger-like even.

The amazing thing about Port Orford Cedar is that: A) it has more of a natural white/yellow undertone rather than red, and B) it has less knots and so even a D grade material is basically the equivalent of a clear grade red cedar. And to top it all off, it was about half the price! Long story short, we jumped on the opportunity and purchased it directly from a mill in Washington.

the specifications

When we selected our cedar, we requested a flush joint tongue and groove. It basically has a square profile that you’d see on shiplap, for example. I didn’t want any gaps like nickel gap because it tends to have a more traditional or rustic look. We went with a D & Better grade because it was plenty clear for the aesthetic we were going for. Last, we made sure to get one side sanded smooth, and had the smooth side facing out during install. Some people choose to put the rough side out. Apparently this is less maintenance, but it’s just not the look we wanted.

a custom color with miller paint

I looked at inspiration photos a lot and did a ton of research on how to achieve different colors. In the beginning I explored bleaching oils quite a bit. Specifically for use on red cedars when trying to eliminate the red undertones. But with Port Orford, that was no longer a challenge we faced. For me, it was all about bringing a warm oak color so it would complement the white oak tones of the home’s interior (our floors and cabinets).

I worked with Miller Paint to create a custom stain color using their Sansin products. We probably completed somewhere in the range of 20-30 samples to get it just right! A little more white, a little more umber, a little of this and a little of that. Finally, we felt like we achieved the perfect color! It was a decision that I was very anxious about. It would be followed by a lot of labor to stain the whole house, and I didn’t want to mess it up! So a very special thank you to my friend Cathy with Hue Color for holding my hand through it and helping me execute my vision! And another big thank you to the lovely people with Miller Paint for their patience, customer service, and letting me spend hours at the store, and adding the pigments — drop by drop — to perfection!

If you are looking to achieve a specific look for your home, all of these people are simply amazing and can definitely help you accomplish your color dreams!

stone and wood siding
final notes

A few final things I wanted to be sure to touch on with cedar siding – the installation is so important! We made sure to do a rain barrier behind the siding so moisture is never trapped behind the wood. We also stained all sides of every board for protection. In the Spring, we will likely do some sort of clear coat over the stain for added protection.

Have questions about cedar? Drop them in the comments below!

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PDCo Home: Insulation

insulation batting
insulation batting

We have an update on the interior of #pdcohome! Insulation was completed a few weeks ago, and our inspection passed last week. The house is all cleaned up and ready for the next phase…drywall! I know once drywall starts, this house is going to look completely different, in all the best ways of course. The drywall phase has always been my favorite for client projects, because the home really brightens up and shows off it’s final shape. I have no doubt this will be a favorite part for our own home as well.

We left one little memento in the walls, courtesy of Finley. Finn was allowed to draw a family picture on the plywood in one of the stud bays. I love that there is an addition to the family…a dog. Finn is really great at dropping hints for us, hah! Connor labeled each person, Finley wrote “love” below the picture. I was a little sad to see this covered up, but happy I remembered to take a photo to remember it by.

family house build ideas

I did one last walk-through to show you the house at the current moment. Check out the video below:


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PDCo Home: Roof Materials

charcoal roof shingles malarkey
charcoal roof shingles malarkey

Our main roof has been on for some time now, but there was one small special section left to complete before sharing! There was a hiccup with the roofer and he wasn’t able to finish the job, so our contractor stepped in and got it done! I’m sharing all the details about our roofing materials today, and the reasoning behind the decisions. You can see our full exterior design concept here.

researching roofing

I’m not an expert on roofing. I know the main options but my knowledge hardly scratches the surface when it comes to pricing, quality, durability, and sustainability. It was over two years ago when we started thinking about the look of our home. That aesthetic all revolved around a metal roof. I knew it was costly, but I knew the durability and sustainability of a metal roof was all worthwhile. Fast forward a year and receiving a cost for the total house. We had to make some cutbacks. We held on to the metal roof for so long. Eventually, it was cut. It saved us nearly 15k. We had to select a new material and it was a really difficult decision. I researched so many different roof types, looking for something sustainable and affordable. I came up empty handed over and over again. But it was time to make a decision.

black metal roof on hallway
sustainable considerations

As a deadline approached to make a decision, I pretty much knew I had to go with a standard shingle. But I wasn’t going down without swinging! I was introduced to the company Malarkey. They specialize in asphalt shingles, but with a twist. I’m not going to get into a lot of detail, because again, this isn’t my expertise. But I liked that their company is local to the PNW, and they are doing good work to keep asphalt shingles out of landfills. No, they still aren’t the most sustainable option for roofing. For the options we had, we felt it was our best choice. We hope when the time comes to replace our roof, we can upgrade from an asphalt shingle to a metal roof (or maybe some other material we learn about between now and then!).

home with black windows
the final selection

Our primary roof material is the Malarkey shingles in the Storm Grey color. It reads as a charcoal color which felt softer than the Midnight Black. Yet, it still looks killer with our black gutters! I also have to say, the more I looked at inspiration photos of cedar siding with shingled roofs, the more I loved it!

I wasn’t going to give up on my metal roof though. We decided the main hallway section of our home was the perfect opportunity to change things up. We already planned to do this with the siding material at this location as well. So the metal roof here was perfect. We used our local metal roofing supply company and went for a standing seam look in black.

pdcohome spokane construction
other details

The soffits were installed and painted, as well as the ceiling in the covered patio! These are all a dark charcoal color from Miller Paint. Gutters also were installed which was so nice to have after a week or two of pouring rain. We went with black gutters and it all just looks so sleek. We don’t have the downspouts on yet (waiting for siding), but we have a few locations we’ll be doing underground spouts so it doesn’t pour out onto the patio spaces.

I’m really looking forward to seeing these selections paired with our siding material and stone!


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PDCo Home: Exterior Design Concept

modern exterior design concept

The day is here! I’ve been waiting for forever to share the concept board for our home’s exterior! I didn’t want to share too early, because we had so much foundational work to complete on the house. But we’re at the point where windows are in, roof is on, and siding and stone are on their way. So it’s about time to share the vision behind it all.

I’ll confess, I considered a black house for a long time. It’s basically still plan B. But for now, we’ve decided to bring in a charcoal/black color in more subtle ways, like the soffits, the garden shed, and the roof.

a little background on the concept

I looked at so many siding options. I could NOT find anything I loved. And then, I don’t even remember how it started…but I started considering cedar. But not your typical traditionally stained cedar. But a light, natural color that felt like the white oak interiors I love so much. I dove down the Pinterest rabbit hole and found some gorgeous examples of wood siding and bleached cedar options that spoke to my soul! Once this was a firm decision, I wanted to find another natural material to bring in some variety and texture. We looked at so many stones until we found the one. I’ll get into all of these exact decisions on another post later, but for now, I just want to share design inspiration!

the wood tones

It’s hard not to dive into all the specifics right now! I’m going to share some of my favorite inspiration photos for what guided me to the final look of our cedar. From width to installation, tone, to combination materials, here are a few of my favorite photos of wood-clad homes. We ultimately decided to go with a wood tone a bit more warm/saturated for extra sun protection and general color (a similar color to our flooring for a good interior/exterior connection) — you can take a sneak peek at the final cedar color here.

Source: Geremia Design
a natural pairing

Exteriors are not my forte, but I looked at a lot of photos as part of my research process. I always tell my clients to start design by immersion. Looking at pictures and analyzing what you like and don’t like is critical to learning your design preferences. The next step for me is really analyzing how certain materials are used. With exteriors, starting and stopping points are a detail that cannot be overlooked. There needs to be a purpose behind transitioning to a different material for it to look most authentic. Out of all the exterior materials available, this rule holds the most true for stone.

I knew stone would be the perfect option for some added texture and visual interest playing with scale. I was very critical about where and how it would be used. The image below is one of my inspiration photos that helped me with color and style of the stone. It was perfect because it paired it with the warmer wood tone I wanted for the cedar as well!

roof options

We had initially planned for a metal roof despite knowing it was going to cost a substantial amount more. But when numbers came back and we had to go through the process of cutting costs, it eventually had to go. I really struggled finding a roof option I liked, but the more I looked at shingled roofs with cedar siding, the more I loved it. Standing seam metal roofs paired with vertical cedar can look ULTRA modern, which I love, but I actually wanted something a bit softer looking. The shingles bring that soft texture I was looking for. But I wasn’t ready to let go of the metal roof completely. I love mixed roof materials and we had the perfect location to change it up — the hall between the master suite and the rest of the house.

time for implementation

I feel like there will be one hundred more times where I say “I’m most looking forward to…” but… I’m (currently) most looking forward to seeing the exterior come to life. It’s the first impression of the home. Watching the framing of the house come together was a HUGE step. One with a lot of pressure around it hoping that I didn’t mess up with sizes of the rooms or regrets on layout. When I nailed that, a weight was lifted from my shoulders. The shape of the structure is there, but it’s currently like a silhouette. It looks beautiful, but what will happen when a light is cast over it and all the details are shown? I feel confident in our material selections both individually and when viewed together. I see the end result in my head, but will it look the same as I imagine? Better? Worse?!

Give us a few more weeks and we’ll know for sure!


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