Saturday, December 7, 2013


After all of our searching and scouring through, Dave and I fell in love with zinc. 

We had planned on doing hardie-backer stuff which I think would have been great too, but all the houses we really loved had zinc.

It is so clean-lined, so low-maintenance, and unique.  

Just what we were looking for.

The only problem was that we had no idea where to get that stuff!  

Luckily we have a good friend in the building industry who directed us to a commercial building manufacturer who helped us out.  This was their manufacturing plant we visited:

 The black part on our house (below) is where we need the zinc.

Our awesome installer, Don, came and did the windows first.  This was his first try trying to bend the zinc perfectly to frame the windows: 
 Here are Dave and Don talking it all through:

And here is is with that zinc up.
(I make it sound like it was all quick, and easy-peasy, but these pictures are from over the course of a few months.)

Here it is finally unveiled:

We were so excited to see it when they pulled off the protective coating!
One of the main things we were going for was these awesome sleek corners (above).  Love how they turned out.

Starting to come together!

Let's take one more look at that corner detail:
 There we go :)

Now if we can just find the stone to compliment it and get that roof painted!

Yes, we're painting that brown roof.  More on that later.  For now, let's just enjoy that zinc!!


  1. Shawni,

    The house is coming along beautifully! This is one of the most intense things I have ever seen. I can barely blog our everyday life, much less do a complete remodel and blog about it. You rock! I know this is your home blog, but your home is where my little girls want to send a package to their "pen pals." It was a Fall package, but has quickly turned into a holiday package as well. I lost your email, and then haven't been able to touch base. When you get a chance, can you email your address again? Thanks! ~Laura

  2. Zinc? Awesome! This house is going to be so unique and beautiful- I can't wait until it's finished (but probably not as much as you can't wait).

  3. Out of curiosity, will it be very hot to the touch in the Arizona heat? I have no idea how zinc conducts heat, but it looks very cool!!! (No pun intended) And then, does it have any sort of patina? On a past house, my parents put some copper accent shady-thingies (what on earth are they called?…) over at least one outdoor window. It had a beautiful effect.

  4. WOW I am loving that zinc, especially the sleek sexy corners ;) Can I call corners sexy? Yes, yes I can.

  5. I, too, am curious what happens when it gets hot outside. I've heard zinc can get pretty hot (>100F) even if it's only in the 70s outside. But, I assume there's some special science that makes it feasible for use as house siding?