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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A detached garage with wood shingle facade painted in white evokes the look of a carriage house and echoes the style of the adjacent French country-style home. Above the garage is a small guest apartment with a balcony from which to enjoy views of the wooded property in Atlanta, Georgia.