Four Tips To Help Combine Siding Styles With Craftsman-Style Designs

In recent years, the craftsman-style home has been making a come back. These are homes that where built during the arts-and-crafts movement of the late 19th and 20th century. One of the big features of these homes is the custom artisanship and woodwork. This can often be seen in the siding and cornice details of homes in North America. If you want your home to have this sort of craftsman look, you may want to combine siding styles like shake and board-and-batten siding. This can also include other custom trim and wood working details. Here are four tips to help you combine the siding materials to get an authentic craftsman-style look for your home:

1. Using Shake Materials For Details On Gables

If you want to have a craftsman-style home, using siding on gables is a great way to add artisan details. If you like brick, but also want to have the craftsman look, this is a great way to get the best of both. The brick can be capped at the line of the eaves, and then the siding  can be installed on the gables to add these details. Shake style siding is a material that works great to achieve this look.

2. An American Craftsman-Style Look With Board-And-Batten Siding

American craftsman-style designs often include a lot of woodwork in the siding of the home. If you are going to have your home completely finished in siding, board-and-batten siding is an excellent choice for this. You can have the walls done in conventional vertical siding, and the siding on gables with diagonal details and patterns for a different look.

3. Choosing The Right Materials To Trim Around Windows

In arts-and-crafts designs, the trim around windows is also important. This begins with the wide wood pieces that surround the windows, which are called frieze-boards. If you want a simple look, you can have the wide frieze-boards alone. There can also be detail added here by adding trim pieces over the frieze-boards to give them a more detailed appearance. It is important to remember that, the more details you add, the more it is going to cost.

4. Using Siding Materials For Craftsman Details On Porches

Many craftsman designs also include porches, which also have their own special features. One of the features on porches is wide columns, which have wood finishes on them. You can do this with siding materials like shake to give them a unique look. You can also choose siding for the porch areas that is different from the siding used on the rest of the walls of your home. This can be shake siding if the rest of your home is board-and-batten, or reverse if your home has mainly shake siding.

These are some of the ways that you can combine siding materials and craftsmanship to get the look you want for your home. If you need help deciding on the right combination of materials for your home, contact a company like Allstate Gutter & Siding and ask them about giving your home a craftsman-style makeover.