New Siding, Fresh Paint…and an Addition!

Over here at This Mod House, things have been really rockin’!  We are completely sided and painted, which has been a long time coming!  Want to see how things went over the past two weeks?


The siders started with adding trim around the windows.


After the first soffit material was torn out (due to our late decision to remove the original fin walls), we needed to redo the soffit and chose this ventilated composite material. The siders put it up as they worked their way around the house with the window trim.


And this ended up being the new siding choice. We were considering several different siding panel materials, and ended up with Hardie because it was available in a 10′ length. Our house is about 20′ 6″ tall on most sides, so this length allowed for two full panels with a break mid-way down and a break close to the foundation. We liked that configuration best.


Siding the top half of the house was very hard work. The panels are so heavy!


The back of the house with its new siding.


You may have noticed the 2″x6″ vertical boards running down the length of the house on both sides of the windows in the the previous photos…Here’s a closer look at this detail on the garage. After removing the original fin walls, we thought the house looked too flat and decided to add the boards.


All sided-up, we needed to choose a paint color. Since the beginning, we have been planning on painting the house a dark charcoal. The black chair is for reference, as the fascia and downspouts will be black metal. What color did we go with???


Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams! As the name implies, there is some brown in the color, but I think of it as a warm dark gray. The cooler charcoal grays felt too dramatic. 


I hope it’s not too dark, but I think it will be great with the planned rich-stained cedar accents above the windows.


A pic from this morning.  This is how one end of the house looks with the black metal fascia.  Do I dare say things are starting to look better around here?  The key word is “starting”….Still have much to do!


I haven’t forgotten to tell you about The Addition!  No, there is not a big change to our renovation plans… No proposed additional square footage….We aren’t that crazy!  But we are a little crazy, and felt the desire to add a bit more excitement to the household…  Have a look at our newest family member:


Introducing “Jarkko” (pronounced Yarkko). It’s a Finnish/Swedish name, meaning “God is Gracious”.

Our 8 week-old lab pup is the grand-pup of my grandfather’s last hunting dog.  And Jarkko’s mother is also the mother to my dad’s last dog that he loved so much as he was battling leukemia.  This is one special Addition to the family!





    1. Hi Jenn!
      Jarkko is a boy! When we learned about this litter of puppies, the breeder told me the only one unspoken for was a yellow male….Exactly the dog we had been hoping to adopt!

  1. The house looks fantastic !!!!!! Your so brave.
    You can imagine what seeing the pup did for me. Hope my key board is water proof.
    Dave B

    1. Thank you Dave,
      I thought you and Penny would like the photo of our sweet new addition! He is not only cute, but also has a “sparky” disposition, which may come from his mother “Sparkle”! I know my dad would have enjoyed him too.

  2. Love the color you chose. NO WAY.. it’s not too dark. I do understand questioning that, though. We did our house in a dark(ish) gray and I was so torn– but in the end decided it was the color I liked and I went for it. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! The house is gorgeous. I know you’re so proud. And the puppy… well.. there’s a reason they call it “puppy love”. Adorable!

    1. Hi Diane,
      Jarkko does make it feel more homey around here! We all love him and look forward to many years of companionship…. Thanks so much for the positive comments!

    1. Thanks, Curt!
      Yes, Jarkko contrasts nicely with our newly painted exterior! He’s a spunky ball of white fluff. Inside, we have to be careful not to step on him while he’s napping, because he’s almost the same color as our maple flooring!

  3. Allison – The house looks beautiful! I love the color. Jarkko is a beautiful pup and will be a great addition to the family. I love the name. You are one brave soul!

    1. Thanks, Halene! So nice of you to comment on the paint color and our little pup! Yeah, we took a leap of faith in taking on this house project and adding a puppy to the mix… Both (house and Jarkko) require a lot of work, but the rewards are certainly worth it!

  4. Things are really coming together now. It’s such a dramatic change, but you’ve got a great eye for seeing a new look in the finished product. That siding and the color look great. They make a real modern statement without going over the top. I’m digging it!

    1. Thanks, Doug! It’s been so much trial and error, that I can’t say it’s turning out just as envisioned… I think we will be happy when it’s all said and done. It’s been quite the learning experience!

    1. Hi Diane,

      Thanks for the comment…What a compliment to say you thought of our home when seeing the architecture of Louis Kahn! Even if it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, Mid-Mod homes are certainly interesting!

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