You can’t judge a book by it’s cover. That’s the old saying. But, we all know that we do. Do any of you see Fabio on the cover of a romance novel, and think ‘Oh, I bet this is a thrilling story, headed straight for the literary classics section!’? Yeah, I didn’t think so. The same is true for your house. People who never cross the threshold of your home will judge it (and you) & form a picture of the interior based on the view from outside. So, no pressure or anything. wink, wink. I’ve unofficially named the style of our home “traditional farmhouse glam.” We want to keep the palette light and airy, with blue & wood accents. We wanted the exterior to have basically the same feel. I want a true farmhouse.
We sat down and made lists of everything we wanted & needed. This is what we came up with.
Front Exterior Must Haves:
- Dutch Door
- Cheeky Doormat
- Rocking Chairs
- Oversized Swing
- Tin Roof
- Light Exterior
- Chunky Columns
- Unique Railing
And since there’s nothing I love more than visual aid, here’s a mood board!
sources (clockwise:) the-hall-way//rug //dutch door//j taylor designs//porch swing//house of turquoise
Full disclosure, it took a long time to decide what exterior covering we wanted. Whitewash brick, horizontal siding, vertical siding, vinyl, composite board, wood? I drove everyone crazy talking about it. In the end, we decided on Hardie Board Vertical Siding in Arctic White. It achieves the most traditional farmhouse look, and has more durability than the vinyl siding. Having the whitewash brick on the walkway, porch and columns will give the exterior some dimension.
I have dreamed of having a tin roof my whole life, like the way most girls dream of their wedding dress. Galvanized tin is my pearl & lace. The only decision to be made was choosing between galvanized & painted black. When we considered how much the sun would fade the black, we decided on the traditional galvanized. It’s already been installed on our shop, and I’m in love with it. I can’t wait to see it on the house!
This is our house-or it will be when it’s built. This particular home is built on a slab, where ours will have a basement. So, there will be three or four steps up the porch. We are also choosing to install one centered garage door. It will be a “door and a half,” meaning it will be the width of one a and half regular doors. The garage will only be for my car, and our dog kennel system. We are building a large shop where all tools/sporting equipment/etc will be kept, and MG’s truck is too large to fit in the garage. We know choosing to have a one car garage instead of two wouldn’t work for most people, but it’s the obvious choice for us.
To see the floor plan, check out this post. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we unveil our plans for the rest of the house!