Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
Over the past few years of home-ownership, there are two things that I have quickly realized. Number one is to create a home that not only shows character, but your character. And secondly, paying attention to the exterior of your home is just as important as focusing on the interior. I want you to think beyond landscaping and focus on the color and siding for your home. This alone will create the ultimate curb appeal you’ve been looking for.
You’ve probably noticed that our home is stucco but here’s where I confess that my dream home is a sea coast cottage with navy siding. When I see a home, like in the image below, all I can do is admire the overall charm. You can see more of my siding inspiration here on my Pinterest board.
This post was sponsored by James Hardie, but all opinions are my own.
Regardless of the color siding you may admire, I want to help guide you in creating your dream home when it comes to the exterior with some help from James Hardie. They have grown a business based on helping homeowners build character with their quality products that last. Today we’ll be focusing on three things when it comes to choosing siding and trim: color, product, and performance.
Let’s start with the siding color. It’s an exciting and an important part of the process of transforming your home. Picking out a color doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming. Truly think about the color you want reflected on your home that creates character for years to come. A color that also reflects your personal style.
By James Hardie manufacturing their own boards and baking multiple layers of the paint color onto the boards, their ColorPlus® Technology takes all the worry away about potential fading issues. It delivers incomparable color consistency, finish adhesion and fade resistance. Therefore, don’t hesitate on choosing a darker color and be worry free about any color you decide on. For me personally, I would choose between Boothbay Blue or Evening Blue.
Besides picking out the paint color, the next best part is choosing how you want your siding to look. This is where I tell you that you can achieve a custom look to your home so that you can highlight the best features of what makes your house a home. James Hardie lets you choose between HardiePlank® lap siding, HardieShingle® siding and HardiePanel® vertical siding. Go with just one product design or mix them up to meet your design needs.
No matter where you live, your local climate is going to provide harsh conditions at some point during the course of a year. Living in Florida my home is exposed to longer summer seasons, hurricanes, and a lot of humidity. Something I need to consider when picking out siding. Only James Hardie® fiber cement products are Engineered for Climate®.
For example, what this means for my climate zone, is that the siding will resist damage from hot, humid conditions, blistering sun, and more. For the northern U.S., it resists shrinking, swelling, and cracking from the alternating wet and freezing weather conditions. Regardless of your climate though, these fiber cement products are fire resistant and they help to reduce time and money spent on maintenance. And the best part? James Hardie stands 100% behind their siding for 30 years and their trim for 15 years.
This process is meant to be fun and it can be when you know you’re choosing quality products. When you invest in your home, you’re also investing in the future of your home. James Hardie can provide all of the materials to do just that as they help you build character that will last for years to come. Allow this process to be fun and exciting versus being nervous about your investment.
If you’ve been looking to replace, update, or add siding and trim to your new home, I hope this post helps! Pin it as a reference guide so you can easily find it. Meanwhile, I’ve ordered a few samples (you can too) in various colors from James Hardie and can’t wait to share those with you! Make sure to join me over on Instagram for the un-boxing.
Let’s keep in touch!
We have a great community over on Facebook, House & Home, where we’ll be chatting, sharing, and helping one another when it comes to home decor and projects. Come join us! Check it out here.