|The Ugly Duckling|
So, when we designed the addition, we mimicked that design, which allowed us to add an attached garage, master suite - and also rooftop deck, to enjoy views of the water.
And while we wanted to preserve the antique style, we tried to use products that don't require frequent maintenance. When you live near the beach, you want to spend your time on the water - not painting the house!
So here's an update! As a reminder, this was our starting point and the design plan. This was a big project, not only did we build a big addition - we also moved every single window and door!
As the framing got going, the new design started to emerge.
But it wasn't until we got to the finishes that the house started to come together. So let's start at the top.
Next, a key element of the exterior design: the triangular spaces at the top of each gambrel. They create an inverted ledge, which provides room for corbels. The triangular spaces were finished with traditional cedar shake shingles. We used Maibec solid shingles in Cape Cod Gray. (they have a 50 year warranty....so won't need to be replaced for a very long time!) Below that, we added a freeze board and the corbels.
|Woven corner shingles installed on the dormers|
For the body of the house, we installed Hardie Plank siding, in a color called Cobblestone. It's got a 30 year guarantee - and a 15 year guarantee on color - so no painting for a long time!! The trim is all AZEK, so again, no painting! I love a traditional look, with low maintenance!
|Is it starting to look like a swan?|
|Rear view - Before addition|
And once that's done, it's on to the rooftop deck! I can't wait till we can start sharing photos of that!
There is a lot to do around the yard as well. We need to have the property graded with fresh loam and landscape beds. And once that's completed, we can install the front steps and new front door. Whew - that's a lot of work ahead!
But the progress is pretty exciting! The Ugly Duckling has disappeared, what do you think of our 'almost'-swan???