Need Color Assistance for our Home and our Neighborhood Association

Our Neighborhood Association just approved DaVinci for the 17 homes in our development when the roofs are replaced. All homes currently have wood shingle roofs of varying ages. My neighbor and I will be the first to replace our existing roofs. We need help selecting the specific product, installation pattern, and color, which will most closely resemble our existing roofs, and look best on our homes. I've attached 3 pics of my home (front and rear) as well as 2 pics of neighboring homes. Thank you.
Craig
Omaha, Nebraska
Product: Multi-Width Shake or Bellaforté Shake

    


    


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Dear Mr. Hergott,

It is great news that your Homeowner's Association (HOA) has approved DaVinci Roofscapes products for all homes. As one of the first to select your roof type and colors you will be an example for your neighbors to refer to as others in your neighborhood replace their roofs so it is important for us to guide you on making a great selection.

I looked at all of the pictures that you sent of both homes in the development. It looks like the original cedar have changed in color as they have aged to brownish gray and the shakes are not as even as they once were. With the DaVinci product these are two concerns you will not have in the future. The color and look will remain basically the same for the life of the roof.

Since that is the case if you like the look of the aged shakes over how they looked when they were brand new then that is the look you will want to go for. I prefer the aged look for the homes in your neighborhood over the new cedar because it appears to me that the new cedar would not have enough contrast to the color of the bricks. Worry less about matching the existing color per se and more about finding a color that has a similar feel that you can love for many years to come.

My first thought is to go with either a Multi-Width or Bellaforté tile in Weathered Gray. This color has the warm look of aged wood. The Bellaforté has a bolder texture where the Multi-Width can be installed straight or staggered depending on the amount of texture/pattern desired. 

If you prefer a deeper tone on the roof then a second option is Tahoe. Tahoe is darker and more brown in color than the weathered gray. It would give you more contrast between your roof and main color of the home(s) but it would still blend into the surroundings nicely.

In either case you will want to view the actual colors in outside of your home to get a true idea of how they are going to look before making your final decision.

Sincerely,

Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

Fake Cedar Shake

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Picking A Perfect Color Scheme For Your European Style Home

If you are wondering about the best way to choose colors for your home exterior then I have some great news for you. I've taken my years of experience choosing colors for hundreds of homes and put it into easy to follow steps for you to download for FREE in the DaVinci Roofscapes Color Designer. 

Colonial Home Drawing

In my first ebook FRESH Home Exterior Colors: 5 Steps for Finding the Perfect Hues for Your Home I introduce you to my FRESH approach for picking your colors in five steps.

In the second ebook FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior I provide step-by-step color guidance for seven different home styles. You will see how I use a “top down” approach, giving you insights on adding eye-pleasing color palettes to your home exterior starting with the roof, then working your way down to consider your siding, window frames, front door and trim. As you see how I create these looks you will quickly learn how to do the same for your home.

Here is an example of selecting a color scheme for the European-style home you see above rendered with the suggested colors. Just as you will do for your own home, I considered each part of "FRESH", the homeowner's like and dislikes, their personal style and vision they had for their home. These are the steps I took for this home. You can see examples of the other six styles in FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior.

The existing polymer slate roof is the Brownstone blend, which has a range of light to dark tones of brown. Copper accent roofing over three windows on the home complements the Brownstone blend and starts to bring color down the home’s exterior.

A mix of fixed features such as stone and brick are often found on European-style home. This home has Antique White Old World Ledgestone and Nassau Full Range Brick. Both have a reddish brown colorcast.

When an exterior has several textures and patterns as this home does, the main color usually looks best if it is in the same tones as the fixed features rather than in a contrasting color. Antique White blends with the features rather than competing with them for attention.

Good designs do not give equal importance to every element. Instead the designer focuses attention on one or two features and allows the other elements to provide support. Think of your home exterior in the same way as you choose your colors and materials. Plan your colors so that one or two of the best features stand out.

Use this same philosophy when selecting window or trim colors. Unless you want to highlight the windows or trim look for a color that adds to a cohesive overall look. For this home Chocolate Brown vinyl windows and Barista Brown painted urethane trim were the perfect choices to extend the color of the home throughout the exterior.

Often European-style homes sport a rustic, stained or painted door with prominent hardware. In staying with the natural feel created by the stone, brick and stucco, a door stained Mahogany was a good fit.

Finally step back and ask yourself, "Is Any Other Color Needed?"

Look carefully at your home. Make note of which of the colors you have selected will be applied to each architectural detail of the exterior. Is there an area of the exterior that you haven’t chosen a color for? On a European style home the many textures and tonal variations often complete the look without the addition of accent or other colors. Once you've looked at the entire home and selected the colors for each element following my FRESH approach, congratulate yourself...

Now you see how easy it can be to find the perfect colors for your home exterior. If you haven't already downloaded the download for FREE ebooks in the DaVinci Roofscapes Color Designer go do that right now. Then make sure to stop back here over the next few weeks as I share more of my experience and insights on choosing exterior colors.

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Need Help with Color Blends for Our Home

Having a hard time picking a color as they seem to look different on paper than they do on the website. Could you look at our picture of the house and recommend a color or color blend. I am liking the blend of dark mountain, dark tan, but could really appreciate your suggestion for this style of house.

Janet O'Brien
Whittier, CA
Product: DaVinci Slate Single-Width

 

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Dear Ms. O'Brien,

You are on the right track with the color blends you like for your home.

I recommend that you look at DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake in Mountain and Tahoe. The Mountain blend is darker and more brown/gray. The Tahoe is slightly lighter and more brown. The Tahoe will be closer to how the roof currently appears to me in your photos.

Either color blend will work well on your home. Look at the colors against your home in the light and determine which you prefer with the main and trim color of your home as well as which you think fits in best with the natural surroundings.

Sincerely,

Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

Fake Cedar Shake

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Countdown to National Curb Appeal Month

Summertime and the living is easy ... especially if you have low-maintenance products and sustainable roofing on your home!

With the launch of the Second Annual "National Curb Appeal Month" in August, the team at DaVinci Roofscapes reminds you that adding easy-care composite roofing to your home is a smart decision.

Designer RoofAccording to the 2015 Cost Versus Value Study conducted by Remodeling magazine, investments in a variety of exterior home improvement projects on a midrange priced home can have solid return-on-invest for homeowners. The study reports that a roof replacement can have a projected 71.6 percent cost versus value recoup.

If you're going to make home improvement enhancements during National Curb Appeal Month, color expert Kate Smith has some tips.

"Strategically placed 'pops of color' on a home exterior can make a huge difference in creating positive curb appeal," says Smith with Sensational Color. "Whether it's window boxes filled with bright red geraniums, a front door painted colonial blue or trim pieces in a striking deep green, colorful accents can really help a home stand out in the neighborhood.

"My advice is to add 'top down' color to the home to gain a cohesive and appealing exterior. Start with the color of your designer roof, then work your way down to the siding, trim, doors and landscaping. The colors should all complement each other. Even if you have a sedate color scheme, there's nothing wrong with shaking up a home with a warm, welcoming color on the front door and colorful landscaping."

Need more colorful polymer roofing details? Click HERE to get two free ebooks written by Smith, "FRESH Home Exterior Colors" and "FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior." And, check out 20 Sure Fire Ways To Create Curb Appeal for more ideas!

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So Many Color Options... What Do You Think?

We are trying to decide what color would look best on this house of the DaVinci Slate options. We like the darker colors, and are leaning towards Slate Black. What do you think?

Allyn Weddle
Manhattan, KS
Product: DaVinci Slate - Bellaforté or Multi-Width

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Dear Mr. Weddle,

A DaVinci Roofscapes Slate roof would be great on your home and a darker color would be a good choice.

I recommend the Single-Width profile in either Slate Black-VariBlend or Smokey Gray-VariBlend. The gray/black tones are a good match and subtle shift in color will work well with the stone on your home.

When it comes time to update the other exterior elements on your home look for shades or the colors you like that are slightly toned down or have a gray cast.

Sincerely,

Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

Fake Slate

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Help with Roof Color

What would be the best color?

Alan
Bellevue, WA
Product: Bellaforté


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Dear Mr. Mitchel,

For your home I am recommending that you use roofing that is brown to blend with the warm tones in your brick and be similar to the look you have now. Tahoe-VariBlend will be lighter and closer to the look of new shakes. Mountain-VariBlend is darker, more gray and will be closer to the current color.

Your current roof looks like a single-width shake and that would be a good choice for a replacement. To give the roof a slightly different look you could change to the Multi-Width product or Bellaforté Shake.

Alternately, you could successfully use the Slate profile in a brown tone or change to one in the gray color family.

The key for your home is that the roof cannot compete with the pattern in your brick. For this reason a blend with tiles from different color families would not be the best choice. Instead use a roof that is more of a single color with any changes in color looking like the subtle variations you would find in any natural material. This is where the VariBlend technology shines in giving you that look within the range of tiles.

I realize this is not giving a single choice but you have many DaVinci Roofscapes options that would work wonderfully on your home. Just follow the guidelines and pick the color you like best.

Sincerely,

Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

Polymer Roof Tiles

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3 Reasons A Custom Color Could Be The Best Choice For Your Project

As the color expert for DaVinci Roofscapes I have had the opportunity to give hundreds of roof color recommendations. Most homeowners and contractors prefer the authentic colors and natural textures of quarried slate, hand-split cedar or machine-sawn shakes that DaVinci offers. With 50 standard colors available, I rarely find that I need to suggest custom color polymer roofing tiles. Still there are times when a custom color or blend is the perfect solution. Here are three times a custom color would be the best choice:

Matching An Existing Color

BELLAFORTE SLATE custom poymer tile roof

When you are trying to match an existing or unique color customizing your roofing is often the best answer. Jupiter Ocean Grande condo community in Jupiter, Florida needed a roof that matched the original color of their metal roof that had begun to rust and fade within just a few years of installation. Now the condo is topped with the same color as the original roof but with polymer Bellaforté Slate tiles that will stand up to the salt-laden air, wind, and rain of the Florida coast.

Replicating A Historic Roof Design

Older homes often used many colors arranged in patterns on their roofs. This another instance where creating a custom color or arrangement of colors can be your best choice.

BELLAFORTE SLATE custom poymer tile roof

When homeowners Carol and Ray Knoff were ready to replace the roof on their 111-year-old Queen Anne style home they knew exactly what they wanted. They wanted to recreate 300-year-old roof tile in a synthetic roofing material. 

The Knoffs chose to work with DaVinci Roofscapes and were not disappointed. “The DaVinci team worked with us to develop a color combination of Midnight Gray and Cottage Red for our Bellaforté Slate polymer tiles that really ‘pops’ and gives a positive first impression of our home while helping define the roof lines and architectural style,” says Knoff.''

Another example of how DaVinci slate was used to create a historic look is the Darocha's home. This homeowner selected DaVinci’s Single-Width Slate polymer tiles to complement the historic look of her home. She created a custom blend of colors for the roof, combining the European-VariBlend of dark purple plus light, medium and dark gray slate tiles with black tiles.

“I wanted the black added in to the roof so it would gain more attention,” says Darocha. “The unique mixture of the five color shades looks terrific and very historically accurate on the structure.”

Creating A Roof That Is You-nique

Inspired by their love of warm earth-tone colors and touches of safari-themed items found inside their home, Jack and Angie Craig transformed the outside of their colonial-style house with stand-out paint colors and a custom-color roof design created by DaVinci Roofscapes and Epic Exteriors.

The four earthy colors of polymer roofing tiles were staggered on the Craig's roof to create an inspiring pattern. By using a custom blend of Light Clay, Medium Light Autumn, Medium Autumn and Black, the homeowners were able to make an exterior design statement with their roof that reflected their personalities.

Is A Custom Color Right For You?

Are you thinking about a custom color for your home or building? See more examples of custom color roofing solutions and the answer to some of the most frequently asked questions about creating custom color roofing.

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From the Architect's Corner - Free Online Learning

Have you ever wondered what a color expert would tell you if you asked the question, "What order should I go in when selecting exterior colors for my home?"

According to Kate Smith, DaVinci Roofscapes' color expert, the correct order is roof, siding, windows, front door, trim then garage door. Unless the home is brick or stone, the largest fixed feature is probably the roof, so you will want to start there. 

Interested in learning more? Are you a professional in need of a continuing education credit? Jump over to AEC Daily's website to take our course, The FRESH Approach to Choosing Exterior Colors. It is free and available online 24/7.

 

Happy Friday, Architects! 

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Shake It Up Color Contest Winner

The dream of earning a college diploma came true for this Virginia homeowner earlier this year. Now a second dream has become a reality for Ms. Delgado. She is the grand prize winner in the 2015 Shake It Up Color Contest. Please join me in sending her a big, colorful congratulations!!

 

Fake Shake Roof

 

I hope she enjoys remodeling her home and that her new look inspires you as you think about improvements for your own home. Below I give you the top down approach to creating Ms. Delgado's winning look.

When thinking about making improvements to the outside of a home, my approach is to create an cohesive look and I encourage you to do the same when making changes to your exterior. By thinking about the essential elements that create a home's overall appearance and style it will make the selection process for products and color easier.

Let's take a look at the thought process I used in picking colors and materials for this year's winner.  If you follow this same type of process you will be able to make your design decision like a pro.

The smaller size of this cute cottage style home coupled with the homeowner's desire for a rustic look make the DaVinci Multi-Width Shake a great fit. The tiles are the right size and the uneven rows offer a contrast to the straight, even lines of the siding. Almost any color available would have worked on this home. Keeping in mind that I would be looking for a barn red for the siding I chose rich Tahoe for the roof color.

Many times a home has other elements or fixed features that need to be taken into consideration when choosing the color scheme. These would be things like brick, stone or existing roofing. This home didn't have any other elements I needed to keep in mind as I moved forward developing the color scheme.

On an exterior red can go bright very quickly. To tame the color and fit with the rustic chic style requested I chose cottage red. It is a deep red with a touch of brown. This color will give the home a big personality without shouting out too loudly -- "I'm red!"

To show off the new Fypon trim and railings, I wanted white trim but a cool, bright white would be to stark a contrast. Cloud white is toned down just enough to work well with cottage red.

The missing front door on the porch was replaced with Therm-Tru Classic-Craft Canvas Collection door. I considered a door with a pretty doorlight but because this home has windows all across the front a solid door was a better choice.

For the front door I could have gone with a color not seen elsewhere on the home -- blue, green, or teal could work -- but I liked the way it looked to continue the brown down to the front door. To find the right paint color I looked at the tones in the roof and then found a rich, medium brown that blended with the shingle colors. This color in a glossy finish will draw attention to the homes entryway.

To help you to follow these steps and add value and curb appeal to your home, I put together two ebooks --FRESH Color For Your Home Exterior and FRESH Home Exterior Colors: 5-Steps To Finding The Perfect Hues For Your Home.  GET COPIES OF BOTH EBOOKS FREE from DaVinci Roofscapes.

See the 2014 Color Contest Winner for another example of how to select color and products for a winning exterior look.

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Virginia Homeowner Wins $2,500 in National DaVinci Roofscapes “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest

And the winner is ... Rachel Delgado of Hampton, Virginia!

With almost 600 votes cast in the DaVinci Roofscapes 2015 “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest, Rachel and her husband Danny have won the $2,500 cash grand prize!

Polymer Roof Tiles

 

"I want to shake up my home by going with an urban farm/rustic chic theme," says Delgado. "Our first priority is to purchase the red paint color recommended as part of the artist rendering to help transform the home exterior. After that we'll focus on the new porch and a new entry door. Finally, the wish list will be complete in a few years when we can top off our 'new' home with the recommended DaVinci composite shake roof!"

According to Wendy Bruch, marketing manager with DaVinci Roofscapes, the sponsor of the contest, the judges saw the potential for dramatic change using color and new products on the Delgado home exterior. “As a finalist, this home was evaluated by radio show co-host Allen Lyle with Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford and national color expert Kate Smith with Sensational Color," says Bruch. "Kate worked to create an artist’s rendering of what the Delgado home would look like transformed with colorful new products.

"She specified a new Tahoe blend synthetic shake roof from DaVinci along with a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft Canvas Collection fiberglass door painted in a trendy gray tone. As a final touch she recommended the addition of a new low-maintenance balustrade system from Fypon to create the porch space the Delgados desire."

The voting public saw the potential in adding 'top down' color to the Delgado home that will increase the overall curb appeal of the house and make it a stand-out in its neighborhood. For the 2015 contest, the Delgado home rose above more than 180 entries to capture the grand prize.

Want to see a winner from the past? Check out Illinois Homeowner Wins $5,000 in National DaVinci Roofscapes “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest!

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Why You Need A Color That Is Darker Than You Think

In 1671 Sir Isaac Newton revealed to us the connection between color and light. Ever since that time one thing has been true. Just knowing that there is a connection doesn't make it any easier to choose colors. What makes it easier is knowing how that fact may impact the colors you choose today.

Slate Black luxury roof

In my last post, The Colors Matched When I Picked Them Out. Why Don't They Match Now?, you learned how color can change under different lighting conditions. Now let's take that idea a step further and talk specifically about how to think about light as you choose your exterior colors.

Your exterior is illuminated by sunlight, the brightest of all light. What that means is that a color you select in a store or inside your home will look lighter when used on an exterior. This is especially true of a roof, which in most cases fully bask in the sunlight.

When selecting colors indoors, try a shade or two darker than the color you have in mind. The more intense the sunlight the more the color will be washed out by the light. In the Southwestern states exteriors are mainly warm neutrals or, go to the opposite end of the spectrum, are brightly colored. The reason is that exterior colors in that area must stand up to the intense warm sunlight in the area.

In most areas of the country the sunlight is not that intense but it still is a factor in how the color appears once on your home. Even less intense sunlight will still washout the color.

In the northeast and Midwest the light is cooler. Colors that are slightly grayed are favored by most homeowners for their appealing appearance in the local light. Most of the colors in just about any paint company's line of historic exterior colors fall into this range.

Other factors that can impact the quality of light and thus the color are the change of seasons, weather, the quantity and proximately of trees, and light reflected off the water if the property is waterfront.

I hope these additional tips help you to "see the light" as you select the colors you will use on your home's exterior.

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Color Contest Home Exterior Remodel Recommendations Recap

 

Have you voted in this year's Shake It Up Color Contest yet? If not, there is still time to cast your vote for your favorite home makeover and help the homeowner win the grand prize. Since time is getting short, here is a recap of the three before and after images along with a quick review of the changes that were made to each home. Take a look and then take a moment to vote for your favorite.

Tennessee Homeowner Hopes Third Time's The Charm!

For anyone one that thinks there is only one perfect color scheme for a home -- think again. For the third year in a row that this home has been selected as a finalist in the Shake It Up Color Contest and each year (see year 1 and year 2) I have come up with a different look. I like each of the different color schemes and am curious as to which one the owners like best. Do you have a favorites? Tell me in the comments below.

 

Following my FRESH approach to selecting exterior colors, I decided that this year I would go neutral with the siding and trim colors and let the roof be the color star. A 

The gray color from one of the tiles in the roof was carried into the peak beneath both gables using Benjamin Moore Timber Wolf 1600 a lighter tint of a similar color -- Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC-170​ -- was used for the trim.

The front door was replaced with a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft American Style Collection fiberglass entry door stained in cedar with a doorlite and sidelites in the Aborwatch decorative glass style.

New shutters were added and urethane timber square pot shelves both from Fypon were placed around the front windows. Fypon Urethane Timber Stained Brackets above the door and near the dormer window added nice architectural accents to this home.

The columns on the front and side porch were covered with Fypon's popular Column Wraps. I also replaced the privacy lattice on the side porch with a stained grid work that complimented the other elements of this home.

Last I recommend sprucing up the landscaping and adding pavers for a walkway and edging the area in front of the home.

Of the many colors schemes that could update the look of your home, I find this one especially pleasing and hope you (and the homeowners) do, too. 

Contest Finalist Sees Their Home With New Colors, Roof, Door and More

The Tucker family rhymed their way into one of the top finalist spots in the Shake It Up Color Contest. Based on their makeover-worthy words I put together recommendations to shake up their Cape Cod home. I wonder if this new look will inspire the homeowners to write another poem?

Home Exterior Makeover For Color Contest Finalist - Tucker

 

Starting with color from the top down I replaced the roof that was too light in color with a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate in Slate Gray. It made an immediate and very noticeable improvement.

Black is a popular door color choice for a brick home however in it looked more like a dark void than an inviting entrance. To give the entrance a more welcoming I chose a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft Canvas Double Doors with 2/3 Lite 1 Panel with Longford glass.

Then I choose a paint color that complements the brick color -- Sherwin-Williams SW 6941 Nifty Turquoise as a cheerful update for the entryway.

The shutters were replaced with Fypon Double Raised Panel Shutters. Instead of matching the shutters to the door color I selected a darker shade in the same color family. Sherwin-Williams SW 0064 Blue Peacock was my choice to frame the windows and set off the turquoise on the door.

The Tucker's have been dreaming of adding a porch to the front. To help them make that dream a reality a small gabled roof and Fypon Balustrade System create a strong focal feature on the front of this previously unassuming exterior. The products used to create this look were

  • Fypon Square Plain Columns -  10-1/2X10-1/2X108 SMOOTH
  • 5” Baluster Top & Bottom Rail with BALUSTER PANELSQUARE 28X28X1-1/4 on sides
  • BAL2x28SQ can be used to fill space if needed one the side of each panel square 

Last, replacing the existing walkway with a curved design and more landscaping softens the approach and moves the eye towards the entrance.

Virginia Woman Earns A Diploma And A Home Exterior Makeover!

The dreams to earning her college diploma recently became a reality for this Virginia homeowner. Now she waits to find out if her dream winning the 2015 Shake It Up Color Contest is also going to come true.

 

Contest Finalist Earns A Diploma And Home Exterior Makeover!

Going bold with color was the recipe for remodeling this adorable home. The existing roof was replaced with a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake in TahoeThe warm brown is a perfect color choice and with its 50-year guarantee it will last this grad though to retirement.

For the siding I recommend Benjamin Moore Cottage Red PM-15 with Benjamin Moore Cloud White 967 for the trim.

The missing door was replaced with a Therma-Tru Fiberglass Classic-Craft Canvas Door CCV205 painted Benjamin Moore Gargoyle 1546 and the existing railing plus another to match on the other side of the door were constructed from Fypon Balustrade System - BTR5X96, BAL2X32SQ.

The outdated windows were replace with double hung windows with grids in the upper sash only to create a "band" that carries your eye across the front of the home. The trim around the windows adds a nice architectural element.

Last the landscaping was spruced up and the walk and steps covered with pavers.

I think these design ideas are ones that will make this recent grad proud to call this house home.

Now that you've got a recap of the remodels for the three color contest finalist it's time to vote for your favorite home exterior makeover --

Vote for your favorite makeover now!

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Need Help Deciding Which Bellaforte Color Blend with My Brick

Choosing colors for roof & siding. Attached are photos of my house & brick.
Christine Rasmussen
Omaha, NE
Product: Bellaforte

    

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Dear Ms. Rasmussen,

I think that the direction you are going for the changes to your exterior are on target.

A gray or gray/brown roof in either slate or shake will work well with your brick. I have recommended either the DaVinci Multi-Width Shake in Mountain or Bellaforté Slate in Slate Gary-Veriblend to give you the look you are after.

For your siding look for a color like Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC-170. You can also go with that same type of color but darker depending on what looks best when you look at it on your home next to the brick and in your environment/lighting.

You can stay with the same color family for your front door. Just look for a tone that picks up on the darkest values in your brick. It looks to me like Benjamin Moore Sienna 2092-20 might work well. Use this as a starting point but again look at your actual brick and trust your eye to pick a color that is the right tone. It doesn't have to match and in fact will look better if it is a bit darker and/or brighter so just look for a door color that blends -- not too red or too orange.

Sincerely,

Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

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Home Exterior Color Contest Finalist Hopes Third Time's The Charm!

This Tennessee homeowner is hoping that "the third time's the charm!" This is the third year in a row that they have been selected as a finalist in the Shake It Up Color Contest. I wasn't surprised to see this house pop up again in the entries. I'm not sure what caught the attention of the other judges but in addition to the fact that this home has great potential this clever homeowner came up with a fun way of tell us why the home was deserving of a remodel. There were so many great entries this year but this homeowner’s creativity pushed him to the top.

 

 

Marquis Cayce Qualls is singing out to say, "Back to let you know we can really shake it up!"


DIS OLD HOUSE
The roof, The roof, The roof,
is so old we don't...
want just any roof...
we want a DAVINCI!
DAVINCI ROOF!

Our house in the middle of the street
Our house has a crowd
There's something happening
it's usually quite loud!
Mom is so house-proud! But
She and the guest come in through the
Bathroom window
we really need a
THERMA-TRU DOOR

A mess is not allowed
Our house, in the middle of our street
Sometimes something tells us
That you've got to get away from it
Or SHAKE IT UP

I remember way back when
We were all so house proud
We Wished everything was
DAVINCI an THERMA-TRU

We had such a very good time,
Such a fine time, Such a happy time,
And I remember how we'd play
Simply waste the day away!
Never Improving Just
SHAKE IT OFF
SHAKE IT OFF

We really like it, Just needs a little work
BUT something was missing
those special details to make it perfect...

FYPON MILLWORK
That's the ticket
Shake Shake Shake
Shake Shake Shake
Our House UP

Our house, is our castle and our Home
Our house, that's where we live
Our house, in the middle of our street

C'mon Exterior Color Contest,
DaVinci Roofscapes,
Shake our house up

DaVinci, Therma-Tru, Fypon
DaVinci, Therma-Tru, Fypon
DaVinci, Therma-Tru, Fypon

SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE
SHAKE IT UP!!!
OUR HOUSE!!!

You can see the two previous entries for this home here:  "HELP!" and “LOVVE SHAKE!”

Home Exterior Renovation Recommendations

In past years I added paint color to shake up this charming home. This year I wanted to go neutral with the siding and trim colors and let the roof be the color star. I selected a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake in AberdeenThis multi-color roof is a blend of subtle warm tones that blend beautifully with the red/brown brick.

The gray color from one of the tiles in the roof was carried into the peak beneath both gables using Benjamin Moore Timber Wolf 1600. For the trim I chose a lighter tint of similar color Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC-170

The front door and wrought iron were removed and replaced with a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft American Style Collection fiberglass entry door stained in cedar with a doorlite and sidelites in the Aborwatch decorative glass style.

The shutters were removed and Fypon urethane timber square pot shelves were placed beneath the front windows to add an architectural detail what may have been used originally on this style home. Urethane Timber Stained Brackets above the door and near the dormer window added another architectural accent to this home.

The columns on the front and side porch were a detail I wanted to highlight so I gave them a new look with Fypon's popular Column Wraps. I also replaced the privacy lattice on the side porch with a stained grid work that complimented the other elements of this home.

Last I recommend sprucing up the landscaping and adding pavers for a walkway and edging the area in front of the home.

There are many colors schemes that would update the look of your home. I find this one especially pleasing and hope you (and the voters) do, too. 

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Home Exterior Makeover Contest Finalist Gets New Colors, Roof, Door and More

Every year the entrants in the Shake It Up Color Contest do their best to grab the judges attention with their story about why their home is deserving of recommendations for a colorful makeover and the cash prize that goes along with it. This year the Tucker family rhymed their way into one of the top finalist spots. You can read their makeover-worthy words and see the rendering of the new look I put together to transform their Cape Cod home below.

Home Exterior Makeover For Color Contest Finalist - Tucker

 

Here is what the Tucker's told us about why their Cape Cod home is desperately in need of a makeover:

There once was a home with no curb appeal. It's location? Too embarrassing to reveal!

The owners were eager to "shake up" the facade and give new color to their basic cape cod.

They would love a DaVinci roof and a front porch. But who could help them carry this torch?

"Let's enter the color contest," the wife said with great glee. "We could win! Just wait and see!"

So they took the photo and filled out the form. They wrote in a way that was out of the norm.

With their entry submitted, they couldn't help but dream. The possibilities made them both beam!

"Imagine a front porch with Fypon columns and rail. You may have to get me after getting the mail!.

And our dark double doors are quite a sight. Envision a Therma-Tru door to make it more light!"

They went on and on until late in the night. They desperately wanted their home to be bright.

For now, however, they must patiently wait and hope that their entry gets judged as "great"



Their poem made me smile and must have captured the attention of the other judges too because when the votes were tallied the Tucker's home was chosen as one of the finalist to receive makeover recommendations and a chance at winning the Grand Prize.

Home Exterior Renovation Recommendations

One of the things that most detracts from this home's overall appearance is the roof. It is too light in color and the look of the surface is inconsistent making it difficult to notice any of the other details about this house. Replacing the roof with DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate in Slate Gray would make an immediate and very noticeable improvement.

Black is a popular color choice for a brick home however in some cases it can look more like a dark void than an inviting entrance. This is especially true when the door doesn't have glass and is in a recessed entrance. To give make the entrance more welcoming I chose a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft Canvas Double Doors with 2/3 Lite 1 Panel with Longford glass.

Then choose a paint color that complements the brick color. This will help the front door to stand out. If the front door is often in shadow as it would be under a porch, overhang, or in a recessed entrance go slightly brighter with your color. I chose Sherwin-Williams SW 6941 Nifty Turquoise as a cheerful update for the entryway.

The shutters were replaced with Fypon Double Raised Panel Shutters. Instead of matching the shutters to the door color I like a color that is darker than the door color but still in the same color family. Sherwin-Williams SW 0064 Blue Peacock would be a nice choice to frame the windows and set off the turquoise on the door.

The Tucker's have been dreaming of adding a porch to the front. To help them make that dream a reality a small gabled roof and Fypon Balustrade System  create a strong focal feature on the front of this previously unassuming exterior. The products used to create this look were

  • Fypon Square Plain Columns -  10-1/2X10-1/2X108 SMOOTH
  • 5” Baluster Top & Bottom Rail with BALUSTER PANELSQUARE 28X28X1-1/4 on sides
  • BAL2x28SQ can be used to fill space if needed one the side of each panel square 


Last, replacing the existing walkway with a curved design and more landscaping softens the approach and moves the eye towards the entrance.

To the Tuckers:

Color has been added from the roof all the way down,

With the hope of creating a smile where there once was a frown.

This is the beautiful vision I have for your Michigan home

As I think you can see, I am better at design than writing a poem.


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Contest Finalist Earns A Diploma And A Home Exterior Makeover!

The dreams this Hampton, VA resident had for her home had to be put on hold until she completed college. With diploma now in hand we offer her "Congratulations" both on the big accomplishment of completing college AND on being chosen a finalist in the 2015 Shake It Up Color Contest.

 

Contest Finalist Earns A Diploma And Home Exterior Makeover!

 

Here is what Ms. Delgato told us about her home and the vision she has for a rustic yet chic look befitting a professional woman.

Throughout college I always said I was going to get chickens and renovate the house after graduation. I’m proud to say that I am graduating and ready to do both! Since I already have a pot belly pig, I want to “shake up” my home by going with an urban farm/rustic chic theme. The exterior will be painted barn red with white trim. The old paint would be removed from the porch to allow the wood to show with a stain matching the doors for protection. As you can see the porch door blew off during a storm so I would like to put something more durable up. Therma-Tru’s ⅔ lite 1 panel plank with clear glass would be a sturdy alternative that would go great with the theme. Therma-Tru’s 2 panel plank soft arch front door would be the perfect compliment to that for our front door. I would also use Fypon’s quick rail  in white to replace the broken/paint chipped porch railing I have now. To top it off DaVinci Roofscapes makes roofs with a rustic flair. The Multi-Width Shake in Brownstone would add the perfect finishing touch.

 

Home Exterior Renovation Recommendations

To shake up this adorable home start from the top down. Replace the existing roof with DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake in TahoeThe warm brown is a perfect color choice and the shake profile fits with the vision you have for a rustic look. Not only is it a great fit for your home now but with its 50-year guarantee it will last you through to retirement.

Barn red is another excellent idea. I recommend Benjamin Moore Cottage Red PM-15 as the color to paint your siding. It is a deep, rich red that has historic appeal. Set the red off with Benjamin Moore Cloud White 967

I would not stain the porch or paint in a contrasting color. Doing so would break up the front of your home and make it look smaller and disjointed. Using a single color on the siding will give your home more curb appeal and increase the perceived value. You can always accent the property by using stained wood on the chicken coop or storage sheds.

Next replace your missing door with a Therma-Tru Fiberglass Classic-Craft Canvas Door CCV205. I considered other styles of door when I saw this one with its lines and curved detail I immediately liked how it gave the entire home the feeling that it was grander than its modest size. Paint the door in a medium tone that matches the roof. Benjamin Moore Gargoyle 1546 or a similar color that blends with your roof will be the perfect color. If you want to have a door with 2/3 lite you could use this on the interior door that leads into your home.

Replace your exiting railing and add a matching one on the other side of the door using Fypon Balustrade System - BTR5X96, BAL2X32SQ.

The jalousie windows have a dated look and are not the best choice for the climate in the Tidewater Virginia area. I recommend replacing the windows so that they are all the same. Replace with double hung windows with grids in the upper sash only. The windows create a "band" that carries your eye across the front of the home. The trim around the windows adds a nice architectural element.

Last you could spruce up the landscaping and cover your walk and steps with pavers similar to the ones shown in the rendering.

 I hope these design ideas are ones that will make a recent grad (and her potbelly pig and chickens) proud of their rustic/chic/farm house.

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Vote Now for 2015 "Shake it Up" Color Contest Winner!

The judges have spoken! There are three finalists in the 2015 "Shake it Up" Color Contest and now it's time for you to vote on the winner!

Online voting at www.todayshomeowner.com/color runs May 16 - 30. Go to the site to see the three submissions and the artist renderings of how the homes would look with colorful additions, such as a designer roof from DaVinci Roofscapes, a new entryway from Therma-Tru and polyurethane decorative trim elements from Fypon.

Here's a rundown of the three finalists so you can start to make a decision on who should win!

Finalist #1 - Rachel Delgado in Hampton, Virginia has a 1936 home crying out for color. Her dream is to have a front porch where she and her husband can relax. In her mind, a barn red color on her house exterior would create an urban farm feeling for the gardens and animals at her home (including her pot belly pig!).

 

 

Finalist #2 - Phil Tucker in Holland, Michigan has a home just begging for a new roof to replace the patchwork of old shingles overhead. Phil also has a wish list that includes replacing peeling paint on the trim and getting a brighter, more updated front door to welcome friends and family to their house.

 

 

Finalist #3 - Marquis Cayce Qualls in Nashville, Tennessee is hoping that "the third time's the charm" as he qualifies for a third year in a row as a finalist in this contest. Marquis is in the same situation as Phil, exclaiming that his 80+ year old home is in desperate need of a new roof.

 

 

You can make a difference for one of these homeowners ... go right now to www.todayshomeowner.com/color to vote now!

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Unlimited Possibilities with DaVinci Roofscapes

Like a tempting, over-flowing buffet line at a quality restaurant, DaVinci Roofscapes provides an endless array of designer roof possibilities for homeowners.

First, there are the colors --- oh, the colors! Whether you're looking for a stately, refined gray or an eye-catching violet, we have the color you desire to perfectly complement your home exterior. In fact, we have 50 different colors AND we can combine different shades to create a personal blend of polymer roofing just for you. If you can't find a color that doesn't perfectly meet your desires, just bring us your favorite paint color swatch, jacket or nail polish and we can create a custom roof color to meet your needs!

Designer Roof

 

Second, the composite roofing choices. DaVinci offers simulated shake roofing and composite slate in our lightweight roofing materials. And, we don't stop there. We have both multi-width and single-width offerings in our plastic roofing materials ... plus good-better-best options for pricing.

Unlimited possibilities at DaVinci Roofscapes is more than just a tagline --- it's our way of life.

For more than 15 years we've proudly created slate roof alternatives and synthetic cedar shake roofing that authentically replicates the real product, but offers so many more advantages. Our sustainable roofing gives you peace-of-mind with our Class A Fire Rating, high wind and severe weather tolerance and lifetime limited warranty.

Need more details? Then visit Which DaVinci Slate is Right for My Home? and DaVinci Shakes Up Cedar Shake Roofing Options.

 

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Sunscreen for Your Designer Roof

Have you ever wondered WHY some roofing shingles seem to fade over time? Maybe they don't have enough "sunscreen" to combat Mother Nature's intense rays!

Fake Slate Eco Blend TilesSince May is Ultraviolet (UV) Awareness Month, we wanted to help educate you on how a DaVinci roof can help resist getting damaged by the sun's powerful rays --- without lathering up with sunscreen.

At DaVinci Roofscapes, our composite roofing tiles are manufactured from a proprietary engineered polymer that includes multiple virgin resins, organic fire retardant, state-of-the-art color and UV stabilizers and inorganic pigments that are safe for the environment. These UV stabilizers are what helps protect our polymer roof tiles from fading --- even after decades of intense daily sun exposure.

Want even more protection from the sun? Then consider our EcoBlend tiles that actually reflect sunlight and heat away from your home. These composite roofing tiles are rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council and have earned the designation as an ENERGY STAR® qualified product. The qualified colors include EcoBlend Weathered Gray (in Medium, Medium Light, Medium Dark, Light and Dark) and EcoBlend Gray (in Dark, Light and Medium). (See  What is EcoBlend? )

This summer, keep the SPF50+ sunscreen for yourself. And, for your roof, consider sustainable roofing from DaVinci with its own built-in sunscreen!

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The 5 Things You Must Know Before Starting Your Home Exterior Makeover

When thinking about making improvements to the outside of your home, you must look at the essential elements that create its overall appearance and style. Each product, color and design decision you make must work together. It can be easy to fall in love with the color of a home you see in a magazine but it might not be the right choice for your home. That is when it is especially important to know the five things you need to think about before starting any exterior makeover project.

Above you see a home makeover from the "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest. I thought about each of these 5 things as I planned my recommendations for remodeling this home. I think the results speak for themselves.

1. Some Things Can Change - Some Must Stay The Same

What design elements of your home are permanent "fixed features" and which elements can be easily changed. Most homes today are constructed of multiple materials. These include shake, slate, brick, stone, stucco, concrete, wood, etc. Identify the fixed features on your house  -- roofing,  full or partial stone or brick facades, hardscapes, pathways and retaining walls. The surface of each may look different but most often the materials will have a common color or color cast. If you are going to be adding a new material -- especially one with a permanent color -- identify the common color of the fixed features already existing on the home and chose a color that will work well for your home’s overall color scheme.

2. Color Like Real Estate Is All About Location, Location, Location

Certain colors and materials may work well in one area of the country yet be completely out of place in another location. I can almost guarantee that the exterior look you loved when you lived in the Northeast won't look nearly as nice on your new place in southern Florida.  The light and landscape of the two areas are quite different and therefor the design elements that work in each area are different. Each region of the country has prevalent colors based on the housing styles, available materials, natural surroundings and the quality of light. Determine the colors in your area (often those you see a great deal of on other homes) to stick with regional colors.

3. Do You Want Your Colors To Disguise Or Surprise?

Some people want their home to standout. Others want their choices to be unexpected or unusual. Still other homeowners prefer their home to blend in with the natural environment. Decide what you want for your home. Then consider how to achieve that goal by looking at your setting. Are you near the waterfront, a desert or a mountain? Temper the colors on your home’s exterior to blend in or stand apart from your surroundings or the natural colors around you. The goal I most often go for is "standing out while still fitting in!"

4. You've Got Style & So Does Your Home

You chose clothes that match your personality and style, right? Approach choosing color,and materials for your home in the same way. Always remember to select design elements that support the home’s style and architecture. Determine your home’s style (are you a Ranch? Tudor? Victorian? Art Deco? Greek Revival?) and then do some research online to determine what colors are most often associated with your style of home.

5. There Are Just Some Colors You Have To Use 

If you live in a historic district or in a development governed by a Homeowners Association(HOA), you will need to check for guidelines and/or restrictions on selecting colors and materials your home. You may also be required to have your selections approved before you begin your renovation work.

Those are the 5 things you must know before starting your home exterior makeover. Think about these 5 simple ideas and you will have a fabulous home exterior from the top of your DaVinci lifetime roof all the way down to the walkway that welcomes your guest.

For even more great advice you can download my FREE ebooks in the DaVinci Roofscapes Color Studio.Then make sure to stop back here over the next few weeks as I share the makeovers of the finalist in the 2015 "Shake it Up" Exterior Color Contest.

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