Friday, May 9, 2014

stone & roof

This is the house we took a lot of ideas from as to how we wanted the front of our house to look:

We loved the transitional look, the browns, grays, blacks and limestone look.

There's just something about the combination of those rich colors that speaks to me.

With our architect's help, we came up with this design:

And I think it's amazing how much this house of ours is starting to look just like that artist's rendering.

Because of that original "idea picture" from Houzz, when we looked for stone we were drawn to flat, limestone-looking stone even though the other rough edge ones spoke to me in some ways as well.

We wanted our home to have the grays and the cooler white to balance out the warm wood (putting that under our awning by front door and on the garages kind of similar to the picture below).

So after much hemming and hawing, we decided on one.  Kind of a cream-ish, tan-ish limestone look, but figured with the desert sun it would get faded in no time.

Here's Dave and our friend trying to figure out how to lay the stuff.

All traced out, lined up, and ready to go:

(See that space up there above the front door?  That's where we will put the wood...and the garages will be painted that same warm brown.)

And here are the guys putting it up:
It took a long, long time for them to do because those things weren't made overly straight, but it's done.

Now we still need to figure out the rest.

We did paint the roof which I was so excited about.  Here's the before:

And here it is after with garage doors (finally!):
Those garage doors will be painted a rich brown to match what we put above the front door.

On to picking out some good exterior wood that will last through some desert heat!


  1. It's absolutely beautiful! I follow your other blog and we live in the Southwest Valley of Phoenix. Congrats on your new home, new memories and new chapter in your life! Thanks for sharing the good, the bad, and the great with all of us!

  2. Nice work! What's the link for that exterior house on Houzz? I love it!!!

  3. It's really beautiful.....!!!!!!!!!
    I liked all the images in this post.
    Thanks for sharing them.
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