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How to Replicate my Gray Craftsman Style House Exterior

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Carrie Barker


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 by my answer! In this blog post, I’ll share the products and colors I selected when designing my gray craftsman-style house exterior. 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.

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gray craftsman style house exterior


The short answer to my number one question (what color did you paint your home exterior?) … 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: be sure to 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 roughly 17 colors in it. It took SEVERAL tries to get a custom paint color to match the vinyl.

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mastic cedar discovery perfection shingle gray

Mastic Cedar Discovery Perfection Shingle


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 the quality depends on the level of vinyl you choose. High-quality vinyl products (like mine) look very similar to actual cedar shake shingles.

I am SO happy we chose a vinyl shake because there is ZERO maintenance. 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.)


Hardie Board with custom paint color to match our vinyl shake.  Click here to purchase our custom color formula.

buechel fond du lac kensington blend with grey hardie board siding


Buechel Stone. Fond Du Lac Kensington Blend.


Certainteed Landmark Shadow Ridge Shingles. Color: Driftwood

gray mastic cedar discovery shake


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. wish I had kept better notes!

grey metal roof caroline on design with gray shake shingle vinyl siding

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, my custom floor plan is available for purchase.

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  1. Karyl says:

    I LOVE that you’re honest about not keeping notes when you first started!!! It makes you even MORE relatable to the rest of us! Great post, Carrie!

    • Aww thanks, Karyl! I was nervous people would be a little annoyed that I didn’t have ALL the info! Glad to hear that this was actually more relatable for you! Thank you SO much for reading my blog! I’m ready for you to come back in town so we can play some Rummy Kube 🙂

  2. Teresa Brown says:

    I absolutely LOVE your home! I wonder if you could help me with my exterior decisions if I sent a photo of the plan? I was hoping to use brick, stone and Hardie board but not sure my plan lends itself to use those on the front. Let me know if you could give me feedback and I will figure out how to send a photo to you. Thank you so much for your consideration!

    • Hi Teresa! You can email (hello@carolineondesign.com) me a photo of your front elevation drawings. I can give you a quick answer, but I don’t do in-depth design work :)! – Carrie


  4. Jennifer Stiffler says:


    What brand are your windows? And are they white or grey panes? It’s hard to tell from the pictures. Thanks!

  5. Sarah says:

    Hi I really love the color of your house! Could you please tell me the name of the gray you used and where did you get it? We are repainting our house after 14 years and havent been able to find that right gray until I seen your post

    • Hi Sarah! Our shake shingle is a vinyl product and, therefore, is not painted. Our board and batten paint color was custom matched to our vinyl shake shingle. Sorry to be of little help!

  6. christine erwinski says:

    your home looks amazing!! what other vinyl siding brands did you compare the Mastic to?

    • That’s a great question! I haven’t really compared it to any other vinyl siding brands. I knew what vinyl product I wanted so I didn’t shop around and look at other manufacturers. Sorry … not much help there!

  7. Kat Kirkemo says:

    This house is gorgeous! My husband and I are just beginning the process of building our forever home. We have plans for a “smaller” craftsman (3/4 kids moved back in with us during this COVID pandemic and we want to take measures to prevent this from happening again…LOL) we can move into when we retire. I love the colors you chose. Do you happen to have the paint code they finally settled on for your board and batton? I know you said it was tricky, but the final result is spectacular. Please advise. Kat

    • Hi Kat! Your comment made me giggle! The ‘take measures to prevent this from happening again’ part! I do have the final paint equation for my home. I decided to sell it because it took me literally almost 20 tries (and tons of time) to get it just right. If you are interested in purchasing the paint code, just let me know! – Carrie

  8. Kat Kirkemo says:

    Hi Carrie! I just saw your reply! YES I am interested in purchasing the code from you. Do you need my email address so we can communicate about this off-line? Please let me know. Kat

  9. Cindy Del Guercio says:

    Hello Carrie,
    We are building a “Craftsman/Modern Farmhouse” style home and I love the exterior colors you chose for your home. Do you have the paint label for the hardie plank color? We will have a Galvalume Metal Roof so I need to be extra careful with the Grayish color I choose. Thanks so much……..your home is just LOVELY!!
    Cindy D.

  10. Kathryn Wandelmaier says:

    Hello Cindy, I am re-designing the exterior details of a new house to give it Craftsman style. How wide are the trim boards you used on the corners, around the windows, the fascia and frieze boards? Thanks.

    • Oh my goodness, Kathryn … I have no idea how wide the boards are. We built 8 years ago and I didn’t keep very good track of everything because I had zero intention of ever sharing details of home online. If you’d like to me to measure the trim around the first floor windows and corner pieces, please email me at hello@carolineondesign.com. I won’t be measuring any of the higher pieces … sorry! – Carrie

  11. Kathryn Wandelmaier says:

    Sorry, that should have been, “Hi Carrie”!!

  12. Terry says:

    Have you posted a link to the floor plan?

  13. Megan says:

    Hi Carrie!

    I am SO excited to have found this post! Your home is gorgeous. We are building and are using the same Mastic shakes in cape grey and it has been so hard to find a picture of that exact product on an actual house. I was starting to second guess my decision but seeing it on your home makes me so happy because it looks beautiful! Now I have to choose a shingle color for the roof and was going to go with moire black but seeing yours makes me wonder if I should go with driftwood. I was worried that color might be too light. From your pictures it looks like the driftwood color can be light or dark depending on the sunlight. What do you think? Our windows will be white and I’m going to do a dark stained front door and garage doors. Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Megan! I love our roof color. I rarely even notice it because it just blends really well with our Mastic Cape Grey siding. I haven’t seen this siding with a darker roof, so I can’t tell you what would look better. All I know is that I love my roof color :). Also, I’m so glad you found my blog post so you could see the exact siding product that you want on another house. Best! Carrie

  14. Dena James Smith says:

    Front door – is it painted? Stained? Color?
    Thank you!

  15. Sandra Sanders says:

    Hi Carrie do you do any rendering? We are building our craftman home also and looking for paint ideas fir the exterior. Thank you

  16. Eric Vliet says:

    Good day . I have seen the beautiful gray craftsman style house and do like it. I would like to know if it is possible that i can have the house plan of this house and what this house plan will cost me. Thank you.

  17. Sherry declerk says:

    What are window grid colors

  18. cathie says:

    How wide is your window trim on the exterior? thanks

  19. Kate says:

    Is your roof shingle a 30 year regular Certainteed landmark or a landmark max def shingle ? I’ve heard the max def has more color variation . Your roof looks beautiful!

  20. Jennifer says:

    Your home is gorgeous!! Your attention to detail is fabulous!! But 1 detail not mentioned or pictured is your garage! And I would love to see what you went with! What color are your garage doors? What style of garage door/s do you have?

    • My garage doors are white. I would need to find exact paint color name because I can’t remember. Great questions though … I need to show my garage doors because they’re beautiful!

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