As we’ve worked our way around the house, replacing windows, adding insulation, new siding, and painting, we’ve been thrilled with the results.
The dark gray lap siding is exactly as we had imagined. More of the back and garage end are lap siding than corrugated rust steel. Or what will be steel, because we still haven’t gotten to that point.
Actually, we have a tiny strip of rust. The channel the steel will fit in has started to change.
Now, we’ve come to the point we need to figure out the front. Honestly, Ben and I have gone back and forth over this many times. Waffling, as it were. Rust steel isn’t a super common siding, but it feels very western. Because it’s not typical, it has been hard to decide exactly how much we want.
For us, the steel has three big advantages. One, it’s very durable. Rated for 50 years as a roof, 70 on siding and can take a beating. After this past year of crazy weather, that is important to us. Two, almost no maintenance. Once installed, let it rust (you can quicken the process by watering) and that’s it. Three, we can install it straight down to the rock. With lap siding, we’d have to follow the grade, leaving several inches of foundation exposed.
Throughout this process, we’ve asked each other, “Will that be too much rust on the front?” After making the above Photoshopped version (and sharing it Monday), we’re back to thinking it is too much. A few readers said so, too, only adding to our feelings – thank you so much for your honest opinions! More than anything, we’ve realized this: if we’re so unsure, that’s a risk we’re not willing to take. Unlike a paint color, this wouldn’t be quick, easy, or cheap to redo.
So I did what any normal crazy person would do. Turned to Photoshop again, to side our house, quickly and commitment free. Here’s the same siding with privacy rails, remaining white trim, and plants.
Sure, the plants help break up the lower portions, but it still feels busy and top-heavy. We are 100% committed to keeping the lower rust to wrap around from the garage section, so that stays.
Now we’re going with all gray lap siding for the top.
Wood deck railings add a lot of character.
Plants give life and interest to the lower sections.
White trim and in my dreams, a dark door. Doesn’t it make a huge difference?! Convincing Ben to paint the door is a different battle, one I’m not expecting to win.
I tested out several other options, just to be sure something else didn’t win us over. A few shades lighter on the bump outs, to add a little interest, without being completely different.
Or carrying the rust up around the front door.
Nope, still like the simple, uncluttered look of the all gray upper. I threw the dark door in there for good measure. Ben admits it looks good, but doesn’t think it’ll hold up to use and harsh sun. Looks like I need to talk to a paint specialist.
Update: Here are a few other options involving more rust steel. Making just the peak of the bump out rust:
Or the entire bathroom bump out steel:
Lots of fun options!