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  • Board And Batten Siding – Pick My Presto

    Hi there, and welcome to another Pick My Presto post!

    This week I played around with a photo sent in by a gal named Jennifer Scott. The email she sent us read:

    Hi Kevin and Layla!

    Attached is a photo of the exterior of our 1970’s era home. We’ve lived here for 5 years raising our kids ages 11, 7 & 5. In that time, we have busted our chops updating the interior, one project at a time. My hubby is a first grade teacher who didn’t inherit the handyman gene, so we have to save extra long so we can hire everything out.

    What to do with this exterior?! Bids just for the siding come in at over $10,000! And those quotes didn’t even address the complete eyesore, which is of course, the brown painted faux stone made out of some type of concrete composite. Got any affordable ideas?!

    Thanks, you guys (Minnesota speak for y’all).
    Blessings,

    Jennifer

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    Here’s the photo she sent in for me to presto change-o:

    I stared at it for a few minutes and thought- “what if they added more board and batten in place of (or on top of?) all the stone parts? They’ve already some of it cladding the inset area around the front door, so maybe it would look alright on the front of the house too?” I put this drawing together to show them what that might kind of look like…

    (Move your cursor on and off of the photo below)

    (Here’s a still photo for those who aren’t able to view the interactive photo above)

    (Note: My drawings are for inspirational purposes only, and the ideas shown in them are just that. Spontaneous, totally flexible, just-for-fun, ideas. And since this is a just-for-fun-photo-consultation, and not an actual-and-perfectly-to-scale-virtual-consultation, I have no idea if any of the ideas, colors or finishes I used in the drawings would actually work in real life. Boo ya.)

    As you can see, I drew in some board and batten to cover the rock parts with the help of my friend Mr. Adobe Photoshop. White side lights and a warm wood front door make the entry area pop a little more, and a new (white) garage door with gooseneck sconces above it give that side of the facade a freshened-up feel. After I popped the garage door in, I drew inspiration from it’s 4-pane windows and added a couple little horizontal pieces of molding to the window above the front door. I like the way it ties those two areas together. And last but not least, I got rid of the little planter area cutting into the sidewalk, and snuck in a couple of big plant pots filled with flame-shaped evergreen topiaries on either side of the door. Again, just ideas. (Take ‘em or leave ‘em Jennifer!)

    Then I got to thinking- “maybe they’d want to see a few more paint color options, just for fun”. So I put together a few different drawings for them to have a looksie at. First up, a light biscotti color…

    (Move your cursor on and off of the photo below to see it switch from before to after)

    (Here’s a still photo for those who aren’t able to view the interactive photo above)

    Then a dark beige…

    (Move your cursor on and off of the photo below to see it switch from before to after)

    (Here’s a still photo for those who aren’t able to view the interactive photo above)

    Then a dusty blue…

    (Move your cursor on and off of the photo below to see it switch from before to after)

    (Here’s a still photo for those who aren’t able to view the interactive photo above)

    Then, just ’cause you never know what everyone is going to be drawn to, I pulled that color level thing-a-ma-jig in the opposite direction, and tried a warm brown, with a dark aqua-colored door…

    (Move your cursor on and off of the photo below to see it switch from before to after)

    (Here’s a still photo for those who aren’t able to view the interactive photo above)

    OR, maybe just keep it super simple and tone down the stones with some kind of stain or opaque paint (?), for this kind of a look…

    My favorite’s the gray one with the board and batten siding…especially when it’s surrounded by a sky full’a blue…

    (Move your cursor on and off of the photo below)

    (Another still photo for those who aren’t able to view the interactive photo above)

    Hope that gets those creative gears a’ turnin’ and thanks so much for the opportunity to pick your presto this week, Jennifer! I look forward to Photoshoppin’ another interior space sometime next week!

    Wanna submit a photo for our Pick My Presto series?

    Send an email to¬†PickMyPresto [at] aol [dot] com titled, “PICK MY PRESTO- Living Room. (Replace the words Living Room with whatever type of room you’re actually submitting.) In the body of the email, include your name, your blog name (if you have one) your design likes & dislikes, and one photo of the space in question. (No links please.) It should be clear, and measure at least 400 pixels high x 600 pixels wide. (In other words: at least 4″high x 6″ wide) The bigger the better! Make sure it’s a photo you’re comfortable with us showing and writing about on our blog. Then, whenever I’m feelin’ the urge, I’ll randomly select someone’s email and have a little fun creating some traditional or cottage style presto change-o inspiration. Oh, and since I love surprises, I probably won’t email you to let you know I’ve “picked your presto” unless I have a specific question for ya about your space.

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