Choosing finishes for the front of your home is a MAJOR decision! This is your curb appeal … the first impression people have of your home! You want to make it a GOOD one! I’m sharing how I created my own gray craftsman style house exterior curb appeal (i.e. front exterior) because the number ONE question I get asked on Instagram is, “What color did you paint your home exterior?” I think you’ll be very surprised at the answer!
In this post, I will share the products and colors I used for my own home. I hope that sharing this information will help YOU to create your own dream home exterior!
In full disclosure, I didn’t keep the most stellar notes when I built my house because I had NO intention of ever sharing this info! I don’t have * all * the product info, but I DO have the most important elements (i.e. stone, roof shingle, and shake shingle info) that you need to replicate the overall look of my craftsman home exterior.
WHAT COLOR DID YOU PAINT YOUR HOME EXTERIOR?
Here’s the answer that might surprise you … I didn’t paint it ANY color!
The shake shingle is actually a vinyl product that looks very ‘real’… and I LOVE it! By ‘real’, I mean it doesn’t look like plastic, run-of-the-mill vinyl siding. It truly looks like a cedar shake! (Side note: purchase the highest quality vinyl shingle that your budget allows. The higher the quality, the less plastic and ‘fake’ it looks).
Our board and batten is Hardie board, and we created a custom paint color to match the vinyl shake shingle. This was a tricky task because the vinyl product I used is a variegated color, so it actually has about 17 colors in it. It took SEVERAL tries to get a custom paint color to match the vinyl!
Mastic “Cedar Discovery Perfection Shingle” (7”). Color: Cape Grey
Many people are surprised when they hear that my shake shingle is vinyl. Vinyl gets a bad rap, BUT it depends on the level of vinyl you choose! The high-quality vinyl products look very similar to actual cedar shake shingles.
I am SO happy we chose a vinyl shake because there is ZERO maintenance! I think the Mastic ‘Cedar Discovery Perfection Shingle’ is a great option if you want the look of actual cedar shake but don’t want the maintenance of cedar shake. (p.s. I don’t get paid by Mastic to say this! I am just sharing my experience with you!)
BOARD AND BATTEN
Hardie Board with custom paint color to match vinyl shake.
Buechel Stone. Fond Du Lac Kensington Blend.
Certainteed Landmark Shadow Ridge Shingles. Color: Driftwood
METAL ROOF + WINDOW TRIM
Window Trim Color: James Hardie Arctic White.
Here’s where my records get fuzzy … SORRY! I don’t have any info on the metal roof. It is a deep charcoal gray, so choose something similar! I wish I had kept better notes!
Your curb appeal is the first impression people have of your home, so you want to get it right … from the materials you use … to your front elevation (i.e. the front façade of your house based on your floor plan)!
Although I don’t have ALL the information to replicate my gray craftsman style house exterior (sorry!), I did share the most important elements (i.e., the shake shingle, roof, window trim, and stone) in this post. If you love the look of my home and want to recreate the elevation as well, you can learn more about MY FLOOR PLAN!
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