Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Exterior Painting in Hendersonville, NC: Flattering the Brick

The front of the house after
The brick we typically see has shades of red, orange, yellow, or brown, but this house was different. Its brick had shades of dark purple, dusky lavender, and mauve. It was a star player in the front of the house because it was a prominent feature on both sides, and it also was used for a large retaining wall.

The existing blue paint on the siding and trim not only didn’t enhance the brick, the colors worked against it. 

 It was time to give the house a fresh, updated look, and coordinating the new paint colors with the brick became one of my top priorities.

The House Before

The New Color Plan

To develop the new plan I used my spectrophotometer to identify the hue families of the major colors in the brick so I could analyze them and be confident the new paint colors for the siding and trim would work. I also considered the roof colors, which fortunately were very similar to the colors in the brick.

In addition to new colors, I took a different approach to accenting:
  • The garage doors weren't accented this time. Instead, they were painted in the body color to make them less prominent and less of a distraction as visitors approach the front door. 
  • To add more curb appeal, the shutters were painted a special accent color, matched to the beautiful eggplant color in the brick. 
  • The new front door color was different from the trim and shutter colors. It was inspired by the red Japanese nearby, making it a dramatic and elegant focal point. 
  • The unpainted lattice below the sunroom wasn't accented. It was painted in the wall color to make that side of the house look more unified and simple. 

Paint Schedule

Although most of the colors are from Sherwin Williams, the paint we used is from the premium grade Aura line by Benjamin Moore.

Walls, Lattice and Porch Skirting Board:              Dorian Gray SW 7017 
Aura Exterior Matte

Fascia, Eaves, Window and Door Casings:           Mindful Gray SW 7016
Aura Exterior Low Sheen

Porch and Sunroom Ceilings:                                  Repose Gray SW 7015
Aura Exterior Matte

Porch Floor and Stairs:                                              Gauntlet Gray SW7019

Front Door:                                                                  Townsend Harbor Brown HC-64
Aura Exterior Satin                                                     Benjamin Moore 

Shutters:                                                                       Darkroom SW 7083
Aura Exterior Satin

The House After

Here's what the homeowners said when Roger was done:

We had a great experience with both Roger and Sandy of Sterling Property Services. With new exterior paint, our home looks fresh and has a more modern and pleasing aesthetic than it ever has. We had some challenges to work around-coordinated brick and siding colors as well as protecting the original materials-so we wanted to make sure to use an expert. Now our house is much brighter and more streamlined. Roger's attention to detail and expertise were just amazing. It is so gratifying to see a true craftsman at work. We feel good that our siding is in great shape for years to come, and it looks beautiful!!"

If you'd like to update the interior or exterior of your house with a fresh approach to color, I'd love to help you too. Call me at 828-692-4355 and we'll make an appointment for a consultation. If you decide you'd like to have us do the painting, my services are free of charge. Otherwise, I charge $250 for a two-hour consultation and large color samples (travel charges may apply in some areas) to help you make your final choices. If you'd like my help but don't live in my service area, I also offer on-line color consultations. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Prevent Ladder Damage to Your House

Roger sees ladder damage all the time: black scrape marks on siding caused by leaning or dragging a ladder, dirt or other contaminants transferred to the siding by a ladder, or even worse, chipped paint on gutters, or even dented gutters. The culprit might be window washers, gutter installers or cleaners, amateur painters or pressure-washers, or it might even be you.

Repairing the Damage

Pressure-washing doesn’t help, nor does a cleaner like Jomax. Sometimes a magic eraser can reduce the scrape marks, but usually repainting is needed. And if metal gutters are damaged, they may have to be sanded and spot primed before repainting. Don't ignore seemingly minor damage to metal gutters because chipped paint eventually will cause rust. 

Prevention is the best medicine

If you’re having work done, be sure to have a conversation when you're getting the estimate about the need to make sure all ladders are clean and wrapped and equipped with a stabilizer when appropriate. Be sure to be there during the work so you can double-check to be certain the ladders are properly prepared. If you're doing the work yourself, get a pair of ladder booties and keep them clean.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Exterior Painting: Overcoming Too Much of a Good Thing

The Front of the House When Roger Was Done
It's not unusual for me to meet people who don't know how to go about choosing exterior paint colors, so they just paint the siding and trim in their favorite colors. 

This house in Tryon, NC was different. The former owners had tried diligently to work with the brick, but wound up with too much of a good thing because they painted the siding to match, and used a pastel version of the brick color on the trim, and that didn't feature or flatter it. The new owners wanted a complete transformation, and we were pleased to help them.

Here's how the house looked before:

The Front Before with Brick Colored Siding and Light Brick  Colored Trim
Left Front Before
Left Side and Deck Before

Lattice and Deck Color Doesn't Work with Siding Color

Back of House with Stark White Ceiling Under the Sunroom

Back of the House 

My goals for this house were to: 

  • find colors that coordinated with the brick and the roof
  • make the front door a natural focal point
  • make the lattice and deck look more harmonious with the house and 
  • use contrast to create more interest. 

Here's how the house looked when Roger finished painting it:

Front Side After

The Front Door and Matching Storm Door Are Now A Focal Point

Front and Left Side

The Deck and Lattice Are Now Part of the House
Right Side After
Back of the House After

Paint Specifications

We used our favorite material: premium quality Aura Exterior Paint by Benjamin Moore.

Siding, Lattice and Deck Color
Special Match to Sherwin Williams Virtual Taupe #SW7039

Trim Color
Benjamin Moore Durango #2137-30

Ceiling Under the Sunroom at the Back of the House
Special Match to Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige #SW7036

Front Door and Storm Door Color
Benjamin Moore Georgian Brick #HC-50

We Can Transform Your House Too

If you want the same fine craftsmanship with a fresh approach to color for your house, call us at 828-692-4355 to discuss your project with Sandy LeRoy. Sandy's help with color is a free service for our painting clients. And if you want to do the painting yourself, but need expert color help,  a two-hour consultation and large samples is only $250 (travel charges may apply in some areas).

Friday, August 9, 2019

Every Detail Mattered: An Exterior Transformation in Tryon

This was a project Roger and I were eager to do. From the moment Roger first saw the house when he did the estimate, to my first look at the pictures he took that day, we both knew that our craftsmanship, color expertise, and attention to detail, along with using top quality materials, could make a significant difference. Not only could we add to the value of the home, we could also give our clients a place they could enjoy and be proud of.

Front of the House After

First Impressions

As you can see below, not only did the existing colors not flatter the house, the different elements of painted siding, brick, vinyl windows, and the raw foundation looked unrelated instead of as a unified whole. The front of the house also looked lop-sided because the right side was one story while the left side was two stories. The existing paint was in very bad condition and nearly everything required significant prep. While Roger began to tackle all of that, I met with the homeowners to discuss the new colors.

Here's how the house looked on the day of the estimate:

Front Side Before

Front Door and Storm Door Before
Red, White and Blue

Right Front Window Before
Note the Small Scale Trim

Downspout and Chimney Flashing Before

Garage Side Before
The Lower Half Looks Unfinished

Patio Area Before
Vinyl and Paint Colors Don't Work
Patio Door Before

Back of the House Before
Unpainted Lattice

Color Considerations

The first thing I explained to the homeowners was that the colors of the fixed elements, including the yellow-red brick and the brown roof, had to guide us, as it was crucial that the new colors coordinate with them. There also was the new flagstone patio by the kitchen door to be considered and the stark white vinyl windows and storm doors. Then there were utilitarian items like the downspouts and other details that were in full view. My goal was to camouflage them when possible, or at least diminish their impact.

After we walked around and talked, we started looking at large color samples on every side of the house with their different lighting conditions. Eventually, the winning siding color was Benjamin Moore Alexandria Beige HC-77. We used premium quality Aura Exterior Paint throughout.

How Color Selection and Strategic Placement Addressed The Issues 

  • To make the house look unified and less lop-sided, I suggested that the new siding color be similar in value to the brick, and that the foundation be painted in the body color. Because the lot is shaded, a darker color would have looked gloomy, but Alexandria Beige worked well with the brick, roof, and patio.
  • The white downspout and the chimney flashing on the front side needed to disappear, so we matched the brick and painted them in Georgian Brick HC-50.
  • To add interest, the fascia was painted in Fairview Taupe HC-85.
  • The trim around the vinyl windows was very skimpy and plain. To make the trim look larger and reduce the contrast between the siding color and the vinyl, we used a lighter color than the siding, Stone Heath #984, and Roger painted not only the existing trim, but the fixed metal edge of the window. 
  • The front door and the storm door were painted in Aura matched to Sherwin Williams Sealskin SW7675.
  • The patio door and storm door were painted in Alexandria Beige.

The Results: 

Front side looking left
Front Door After

Front Window After

Downspout and Roof Flashing After

Garage Side Almost Finished

Back After
Patio Area After

Patio Door After

Our clients were thrilled by the way the house looked when we were done, and we were almost as happy as they were. 

If your house needs a makeover, call Sandy at (828) 692-4355 to schedule an estimate. We can achieve the same kind of results for you!