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How to Choose Exterior Colors for Your Home

Choosing colors for your home’s exterior can be an intimidating process. There are hundreds of colors to choose from and a fear that if you choose the wrong color, you’re stuck with it. Unlike painting a room, choosing colors for the exterior of your home is more long term.

 

That’s why we created this guide to help. We’ll walk through the different areas of your home’s exterior where color can be added and how to choose a color that will complement the rest of your home’s decor.

Patio Doors: 4 Steps to Choosing the Best Patio Door

Want to replace your patio door, but not sure where to start? We have four simple steps to finding the best replacement patio door for your home.

Five Ways to Prep Your Patio For Summer

We’re excited for a patio season packed with outdoor gatherings and celebrations. Read on to learn how to transform your patio into a gathering place for your whole neighborhood!

Six New, On-Trend Vinyl Siding Colors for Summer

Make your home the focal point of the neighborhood with a fresh siding color. Ply Gem has launched six new, on-trend siding colors just in time for summer. See the new colors here. 

Five Reasons Black Windows Are On Trend

The vast majority of windows sold are white windows. However, windows can be the perfect place to go bold and add black to your home. Black window frames can instantly turn your windows from something overlooked to the focal point of any room.

Your Ultimate Vinyl Siding Style Guide

What's the best siding style for your home? We've outlined the most popular siding styles so that you know all of your options when choosing siding for your home.

Casement Windows: What You Need to Know About this Window Style

While casement windows are typically found in hard to reach areas such as above the kitchen since, they are a great option for any room in your home where you want more fresh air.

Stone Veneer Fireplace Ideas That Will Warm Up Your Home

Stone veneer adds an element of warmth to any room inside or outside your home. Here are a few ideas to incorporate stone veneer around your fireplace.

 

How Much Does Stone Veneer Cost?

Have you considered adding some style to your home with beautiful stone veneer? We know a home remodel is a big step and can include costs that you may not think about. Though it can vary from project to project, read below for our breakdown of what stone veneer actually costs and how stone can enhance your home.

Stone Veneer: The Natural Choice For Your Home Remodel

Stone veneer easily incorporates style and sophistication whether displayed on columns on the outside of a home or as a stacked stone backsplash in a kitchen. Why do we love using stone? It’s easy to customize and gives a vivid pop of color and texture to any space.

Choosing exterior house colors? Think outside the beige box.

Unlike interior house colors, exterior house colors are much harder to change, often requiring ladders or scaffolding. This results in many homeowners playing it safe with their house color – which too often means beige. I’ve been guilty of it. My last house was beige – in my defense, it was one of the first in the neighborhood. Bolstered with new confidence, my new house is blue.

If you’re faced with the unwieldy task of picking exterior colors, I have some advice for you that might make the process easier.

Color Cues: How to Choose Colors That Sell a House

Selling your home can be as exciting as it can be stressful. We have tips on how to choose colors for your home that will help you sell a house quickly.

How to Mix and Match Siding and Stone

So, you’re getting ready to choose siding and stone for your house. Where do you start? Do you pick out the stone first and then try to find a siding color that matches? Do you start with the siding and find a stone profile that complements the siding? Truth be told, there really is no set-in-stone (so to speak) method to mixing and matching stone and siding.

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Fall Decor: Elegant Ways to Decorate with Pumpkins

We scoured the most popular fall pumpkin decorations and collected different and unique ways you can use pumpkins in your home. Here are our favorite pumpkin decorating ideas.

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Create a Cozy Fall Outdoor Living Space Perfect for Gatherings

Summer time poolside with friends was fun, but fall is here and not a moment too soon! Fall brings beautiful leaves, blue skies, brisk breezes, and of course, football. It’s time to start thinking about gathering with friends around the TV to watch the games.

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Color Cues: How to Choose Colors for Your House Style

Choosing siding colors doesn't have to be intimidating. This color guide will help you choose the perfect siding color for your house style.

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Color Cues: Overcoming the Fear of Color on Your Home

It’s time to make choices available to new home buyers, ranging anywhere between classic colors to bold, vibrant ones. Beige can still be an option, but let’s end the practice of restricting buyers from choosing anything other than some varying degree of it. Let’s use color to accentuate the architectural style and allow buyers to express their unique personalities with their house, not just their car or clothes!

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Top Instagram Accounts to Follow for Design Inspiration

Taking over the Ply Gem Instagram feed was really fun! I started the week posting all the way from Catacamas, Honduras, where I was designing a creative art center for a nonprofit called Touch A Life. Follow a few of my favorite Instagram feeds for the most hip design inspiration.

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Natural Stone Veneer Adds Awesome Curb Appeal to Your Home

From small touch ups to large renovations, projects such as replacing boring and beige with colorful vinyl siding and trim, updating entryways with bright front doors and shutters, and sprucing up outdoor living areas can make a big difference in the look of your home and neighborhood.

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Summer is Here and the Time is Right for Outdoor Living

Summer is a fine time to kick back, have fun, and go outside. But for those that live in Florida (like myself) or anywhere similar, summers can be brutal. Beat the heat with shade and water to not only make the outdoors tolerable, but enjoyable!

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Color Cues: How to Avoid Common Color Mistakes

Color selection is one of the most important aspects of design. It is also one of the easiest things to go wrong. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when picking colors for your home.

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4 Ways to Get the Character of Historic Window Architecture

The saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same” rings true with architectural styles. We have smarter ways of building and the layouts have evolved with lifestyle changes, but historical and authentic design is only growing in demand.

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The Rule of Three: How to Choose Finishes for Your Home

With so many exterior building products readily available, it can be tempting to use as many as possible. It’s understandable, especially if you’ve had a house that was a single material, to want to add as much character as possible.

But before you go crazy, remember the rule of three; limit your exterior cladding choices to three materials.

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Good Bones: English Country

This is a warm and cozy style with gobs of character, plenty of nostalgia and Old World Charm. The person drawn to it has a flair for the extraordinary. These homes embrace a bit of random informality as the result of additions and alterations over time – all attractions to escape from the mundane for […]

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Character Driven Design Through Architecture

If you’ve caught me on stage at any of the PlyGem ProTalk series sessions, you’ve heard me harp on "Character Driven Design." In fact, this is my soapbox. It can be summed up in one word: PERSONALITY. How does this apply to the architecture of your home? Allow me to explain from an artist’s perspective.

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Good Bones: Georgian

When I think of the Georgian architectural style, I think of a style that says, “I’ve made it and I’m here to stay! I’m not a ‘One Hit Wonder’.” It’s a formal style firmly grounded in tradition.

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Come On In, Y'all!

Just like a good, strong handshake or warm smile, our front door sets the tone for our homes. You can either lure guests in or bore them. Your front entry should be inviting and clearly say, “Come on in, y’all!” to everyone who sees it.

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Enhance your Home with Vinyl Fence & Rail

When looking to upgrade your outdoor space, you might forget to consider fence and railing. Whether privacy or picket, extremely detailed or clean and simple, there’s a fence and railing style that will help set the tone for your outdoor living space, front yard, stairs, deck or porch. Originally developed to be purely functional exterior […]

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Positive Influence

Hope is slowly being restored in the market; and though the numbers may not be close to what they were a handful of years ago, housing starts are popping up across the U.S. Another result of the recent recession is that current homeowners have decided they’ll stay-put and instead of making a move are choosing […]

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Good Bones: Folk Victorian

If you like elegance coupled with playfulness, then you’ll love the Folk Victorian style! Don’t let the name fool you. Unlike its Queen Anne and East Lake cousins, this Folk Victorian style is characterized by simplicity. I think a more fitting name for the style category is Picturesque – the name alone conjures delightful images.

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Color Adds Character and Curb Appeal

Whether we realize it or not, color evokes an emotional response in all of us. It’s often the subtle hints of color that add charm and character enough to elevate any home from just another house on the block to one that has the right amount of curb appeal. No matter where you fall on the color comfort spectrum, there are ways, small and large, to incorporate color and bring life to the exterior of your home. So, let’s paint the town!

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Home Design Trends

Exterior design trends have changed fairly significantly over the last several years. Homeowners want to embrace their need for change and feel positive about their home’s appearance, while at the same time remain financially and environmentally responsible. Changes in both the economy and consumer thinking have led homeowners to choose comfort over size in new […]

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Why Vinyl Siding is Perfect for Your Neighborhood

Thanks to a wide assortment of styles, profiles. detail and trim, numerous design influences can be reflected and local character preserved with vinyl siding.

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Case Study: Minimizing Upkeep for Historic Baltimore Home

The suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland are home to many historical communities where natural slate roofs have been popular for more than a century. Natural slate is a top choice for both aesthetics and durability. However, it requires ongoing maintenance that can come with high costs. Aiming to replicate the durability of quarried slate and to preserve the historical appearance of this home, the homeowner found an ideal solution for his retrofit project in Ply Gem Roofing Engineered Slate, a high performance, more affordable product.

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Good Bones: Tuscan

The Tuscan style, with its casual, no rules expression, has become crazy popular. And why not? Doesn’t that capture the demeanor of today’s buyer? What makes this style so much fun is its rustic and often haphazard aesthetic.

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Top 3 Things to Consider When Buying the Perfect Patio Door

A lot of us put time and planning into the impression the front door makes or we focus on specific window features. But, selecting the right patio door does have a big impact on both the interior and exterior appearance of your home. Here's the top three factors to think about as you make this decision.

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Time for a Picnic

What better way to spend summer days outside than having a picnic? With the first day of summer and Father’s Day this Sunday, picnics are basically mandatory. To all the dads out there, happy day of celebrating you and all you do. Now let’s talk BBQ!

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Brights Return to the Color Palette

Recession-era color trends—reflecting a need for comfort, familiarity, and order in a disorderly world—are picking up punctuations of stronger hues. Sherwin-Williams sees a similarly multifaceted future for color palettes through 2012, driven by a desire for self-expression rather than status. “Over the past few years color direction has been a mix of softer shades and […]

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Good Bones: Craftsman

When I think about architectural styles and personalities, I think of Craftsman first. The Craftsman style is confident and bold with its unique columns, broad gables, wide overhangs and expansive front porches. But there is also an artsy side to this style that creates a sense of individualism.

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4 Ways to Transform your Backyard into an Oasis

Summer often means enjoying the outdoors with friends and family for a weekend barbecue or catching some sun by the pool. With warmer days on the horizon, you may be thinking about what can be done to spruce up your outdoor space to use for entertaining or for a little relaxation.

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Tiny Home Living for the Everyday Homeowner

Homeowners are taking the plunge to downsize in major ways across this country, but there are two questions I’m always asked regarding the subject: Why? This is followed shortly by, “How?” Tiny houses are the growing trend in home building. Recently, I designed several houses for FYI’s “Tiny House Nation” and I’m convinced it can be a great option—yes, even for you!

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Crash Course: Vinyl Siding for Beautiful Home Designs

Manufacturers have made strides in research and development efforts for design and performance. It’s no surprise that vinyl siding is a hot home exterior material when you consider the facts.

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Good Bones: Low Country

As an architect in the southeast, I have the fortune to design many Low Country style homes. I can’t help but be attached to the design, imagining myself relaxing on the front porch drinking iced tea. It is this relaxed, friendly character that has made the Low Country a timeless favorite.

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Grass Is Greener

Happy Arbor Day! You know the old saying, “the grass is always greener on the other side?” Well instead of getting green with envy over your neighbor’s lawn, check out these practical tips that will help you create a landscape worth smiling about.

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When to live through a remodel and when to hit the road, Jack

Staying in your home through a major renovation can be one of the toughest things to endure as a homeowner. What many don’t realize is that renovations, even of just one area, will affect just about every aspect of your quality of life.

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Good Bones: The French Country

This is by far my favorite style. It brings back memories of my summer in Paris while I was a student of architecture. This post will explore some of the key features of this elegant, seductive home structure.

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Architects Share Design Trends

Financial considerations and Americans’ evolving lifestyles are driving preferences in home design. According to the latest Home Design Trends Survey by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), houses and lots in the United States are continuing to shrink, as is homeowners’ desire for high-end features and amenities. What’s growing is a wish for greater accessibility […]

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The NAHB Studies Characteristics of Single-Family Homes

Smaller footprints will remain popular beyond the recovery, and many other luxury amenities are becoming more rare. The long, deep recession of the past several years has taken a harsh toll on the nation’s home building industry at every level, even influencing the types of houses that are built and the features consumers are willing […]

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Enhance Your Home with Stone

From rustic to traditional, old world to contemporary, perhaps no other material imparts an air of distinction quite like stone. Highly prized and preferred for centuries, a stone finish — whether inside or outside — remains a popular choice of designers, architects, builders and homeowners.

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Tips for Working on a Historic Renovation

Historic renovations demand a building material with the versatility to capture the spirit, charm and character of the houses style, while providing the functionality and durability to last well into the future. So, it’s not surprising that communities across the country are choosing a siding material that’s in its fifth decade of advancement and use — vinyl. “Vinyl […]

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Curb appeal: Always the hottest home improvement trend

The busy home remodeling season is a great time for homeowners to focus on increasing curb appeal.

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Myth Busters: Why Vinyl Siding is America's Hottest Home Design Feature

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, vinyl siding is a hot home exterior material, appearing on nearly one third of all new homes built in 2012, more than any other cladding material.

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Inspired Exterior: Barns of America

When designing the exterior of your home, I always talk about giving your house a “character.”

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Homeowner Testimonial: Staying in the home they love.

Rusty and Melinda Kurtz talk about how their exterior home renovation changed more than just the curb appeal of their house...it changed their lives.

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Your Home's Desperate Cry for Color

  If I were the shutter patrol and collected $1 fines for every house that committed “shutter foul,” I would be rich.   What is “shutter foul,” you ask? It’s when the shutters adjacent to a window aren’t large enough to close over the window. You’ve seen it. Three windows joined together (also known as […]

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Home Design, Imagined (part 2)

One of my secrets in the home design process is this: I want to know what makes my clients tick. What inspires them? How can I make sure to incorporate their true personality in their new homes? So, I ask questions. Sometimes, really random ones! Below are a few of my favorite questions from the […]

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How to Avoid the Buffet Letdown: When Less Becomes More

When it comes to exterior home design, today’s buyers are confronted with a multitude of choices including siding profiles, window grille patterns, stone veneer styles, shutters, trim profiles, hand rail profiles and much more. And that’s before even getting to color! (There’s so much more out there than beige!) Deciding which components to use can […]

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Home Remodel: Before and After

Remodeling your home’s exterior can make a difference in the life of your family. At least that’s what we learned from The Peeks, who told us they used to be discouraged and embarrassed about the condition of their home exterior. After its renovation, they have a renewed sense of pride in this place where their […]

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Meet the Peeks: It's more than just a house

In this week’s visit with the Peeks, we were honored to listen as they shared with us what makes their home special. and why it’s SO much more than just a house.

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Home Design, Imagined.

As I write this first blog entry, I’m literally in a bus riding through the countryside of Vietnam. For the last decade, I have traveled the country and world, exchanging inspiration through creativity and design. As I meet people and communities, see new landscapes and experience new cultures, I’ve really become a vagabond designer. I […]

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Meet Kim Lewis

Get to know former lead designer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Kim Lewis. Kim is passionate about making home design personal and over the next several months she’ll inspire you to make your home a positive reflection of your family.

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Homeowner Testimonial: Meet the Peeks (p. 1)

Meet David & Michelle Peek. Follow along over the next few weeks as they share their home remodeling experience.

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Change your exterior

Look around your neighborhood. You’ll likely see familiar home designs: split-level, ranch, colonial. Your neighbor’s house probably looks like yours, and yours probably looks like six others on the block. Mass-produced housing between the 1950s and 1980s caused many homes to lose the coveted originality and architectural appeal seen in prior decades. The lack of […]

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Curb Appeal 101

Curb appeal is king. According to a 2013 report done by the National Association of REALTORS, 71 percent of homeowners say that curb appeal is critical when choosing a new home. Even if you’re not aiming to sell, a home with curb appeal can be a source of pride. A 2013 Better Homes and Gardens […]

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Good News Color is in Again

Hope is slowly being restored in the housing market; and while the numbers may not be close to what they were a handful of years ago, new home starts are popping up across the U.S. Another reaction to the recent recession is that current homeowners have decided they’ll stay- put and instead of making a […]

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Design Details Matter:Taking trim to the next level

When updating their home exterior, homeowners typically start with replacing siding or windows. Yet, even these projects will only look as their finishing touches – which help to complete the look. For instance, trim materials are designed to be used around windows, doors, eaves and gables, and for application on your home’s corners and porch […]

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Joplin EMHE: The Gonzalez-Ely Family

As the storm loomed over Joplin on May 22, Scott, Natalie, and son Augie, huddled together in the bathtub. The three of them were protected only by the mattress Scott was using as a cover, and a bike helmet that they hoped would shield Augie from injury. The storm’s force overpowered Scott as it slammed […]

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