Over the years, for various reasons, our plans for painting the lakehouse exterior kept getting waylaid but I’m actually kind of grateful because it gave me time to change my mind! I originally envisioned all-black siding and stonework but then I started to ponder other options – especially after spotting that gorgeous grey structure (pictured below) in a recent enRoute mag.
Here’s my house exterior now:
Dark charcoal and black houses (like this one) still get me drooling – especially when paired with a teak or walnut-toned wood. Sigh. But honestly, it seems a waste to paint our vinyl siding when it’s in such rough shape. We decided that perhaps replacing it would be the best option, but quotes for a charcoal grey vinyl siding with a more modern look rang in at about $15,000! That’s why, instead of putting lipstick on a pig – or spending a million dollars are new vinyl – I’ve been eyeing up my father-in-law’s siding, a DIY wood board and batten style that has been allowed to weather beautifully with age. Between his siding and that grey house in the first photo, we’re toying with the idea DIY wood siding, using a wood that will grey for a beach-appropriate vibe. This home and this home are beautiful examples.
Every now and then, though, I find a gorgeous warm wood siding that piques my interest too.
We were planning to address the house exterior this year but the summer is already whipping by and we really want to spend as much time on the boat as possible, so we’re thinking about doing all of the house work we need done next year in one shot: new siding, new roof, new deck stain, so everything is fresh at once.
It gives me time to change my mind, haha!
Right now, if I had to renovate the exterior, I’d go with grey wood siding, a teal stained deck (YES!) and a metal roof – I saw a copper one in town I’m drooling over.
Decisions, decisions, decisions…