Thursday, November 17, 2011

Miller Project's Exterior Treatments

The Miller home renovation is not only an energy efficient design, but a beautiful home addition, including a family room, a spacious master bath and bedroom, and a large walk-out basement workshop. All of this seamlessly joins with and enhances the original structure.

The Cushwa brick used on the facade of the two story addition is the same brick from the same manufacturer as the original home. With the patina of age, their look should become even more indistinguishable from one another.

SmartSide siding is used on the upper portion of the exterior of the single level family room, with the brick on the lower wall. The siding is a pre-primed wood composite product. It is used similarly to Hardi Plank, but compares favorably on "green" factors. It is less expensive, offers a better warranty, is lower maintenance, and is easier to work with. You can even have it pre-painted by the distributor. The Smart siding on the Miller home is painted in a low-VOC paint.

Metal roofing on the single story room is a stunning contrast to the brick. The green paint, also visible on the metal awning, is reflective, which helps to keep the room cool in the summertime, when the rays of the sun come down directly. The awning shades the windows on the facade without the soffit, and adds striking detail.