Color (exterior)

I am a person who agonizes over color. When it came time to paint the interior of my house in my home town, i put up 100 swatches of paint on the walls – and they were all shades of off-white.

I wanted my house in Maine to blend in with the environment, as though it were engulfed by the woods. I didn’t want the house to be visible from the road, though of course it would be once the leaves fell and there was no coverage from the trees. So when it came time to choose the siding colors, much to the amusement of my builder, I stuck the two pieces of fiber cement siding samples that were my top color choices into the ground next to tree trunks and earth, trying to decide which was the closest match.  My spouse thought they looked the same.   Sheesh.  That is such a man thing to say!  Since when does heather grey look like taupe?

Grey or Taupe? (click to enlarge)

I moved the little fiber cement samples in front of different kinds of trees, in different types of light and shadow on site.

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That was important because color looks different based on atmospheric conditions.  The colors looked very different when I held them up in my home town, vs. on the  property in Maine.

Why fiber cement siding?  It doesn’t look as fake as vinyl nor does it fade, chip, dent or scratch. The color is baked on and is guaranteed for 15 years.  It’s extremely energy-efficient and no-maintenance, unlike log cabins which despite their rustic beauty require a new coat of wood preservative and rechinking every few years.  Fiber cement is  less expensive than most siding materials.  It’s available as shingles;  vertical or horizontal siding;  in different sizes and widths; with a choice of many colors.  What’s there not to like?


The house as seen from the driveway. The metal roof is a dark bronze, which also blends in nicely. This type of roof is energy efficient and low-maintenance. (click to enlarge)


Here is how the fiber cement siding color looks on the completed house.  Even when there is no foliage, the house “becomes one” with the surroundings.  Although it’s visible from the road in winter, it’s not noticeable.  You really have to look for the house to see it.

The house as seen from near the bottom of the driveway (click to enlarge)

Can you find the house? From the snowy unplowed road below, you can see it peeking from behind the trees, up the hill. (click to enlarge)












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