Roof replacements can be extremely costly — at least in the mid-thousands — and the bigger the roof the higher the cost. If asphalt shingle roofing hasn't yet reached its limit of 20-25 years, try replacing individual shingles, especially "if they're brittle, many granules are missing or they've curled," says Tim Carter, builder/remodeler and founder of AskTheBuilder.com.
Inspecting your roof regularly is a must. If you see signs of damage, no matter how small, tackle them right away; if moisture reaches the wood sheathing underneath the shingles, the potential repair can get expensive in a hurry.
For a patio on the lakefront, furnishings needed to be kid-friendly and able to withstand the elements. The solution: aluminum chairs and a fully upholstered sofa made of marine-grade wood and quick dry foam which could handle getting wet. Classic barn lights above the French doors add a decidedly coastal feel.
The shades of the front doors and interior walls hint at the color scheme within this handsome home, while the chandelier and abstract area rug add a touch of glamour. Chandelier: Twist Chandelier by Circa Lighting
A gravel walkway stretches between an outdoor pergola and the tiny back porch – topped with its own pergola – of this woodsy home. Overhead tree cover and low maintenance landscaping make this backyard a woodland oasis.
Built in 2007, the shingle style Cape Cod was designed by American architect Robert A.M. Stern. The home’s silhouette is characterized by two haystack gables, a tower at the west end and several beachstone chimneys. Wide covered porches wrap around the exterior of the magnificent home with waterfront views from three sides.
Natural wood shingles weather with age, becoming the lovely dove gray color seen on this home. Landscaping on the front slope provides privacy from the street, and a bench tucked off to the side makes a quiet garden retreat.
The approach for this project was to question the notion of the obvious “modern box” addition. The client needed to expand their kitchen space and create a new master suite. The design re-interprets the farmhouse style into a spaciously sculpted interior volume.
The cabana-style structure is open on all four sides for maximum flexibility with indoor-outdoor entertaining. The goal of the design was to create a structure that integrates with both the main home and the landscape, and also offers easy outdoor entertaining during all seasons.
A home without shutters gives you more flexibility when selecting a front door color. Choosing a blue-based color can be an alternative to dark green, taupe or black, says landscape designer Danna Cain.