Design Matters | Siding Typology

Siding selection makes a huge impact on the overall impression of the exterior composition. Siding varies much by region, climate, and budget. While most people prefer a siding material that is mostly maintenance free, sometimes something that needs painting and repair can make a world of difference.

Folk Victorian farmhouse traditional exterior

traditional exterior design

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san francisco architect

James Madson

The most common choice is horizontal lap siding. This is available in wood, aluminum, vinyl and fiber cement. It works well for many architectural styles, making it a good default choice for projects.

Menlo Oaks Residence traditional exterior

traditional exterior design

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san francisco architect

Arcanum Architecture

Board and batten is a good choice for traditionally shaped homes. Though not a popular on new construction, it is a good choice for emphasizing the height of the elevation.

Mallets Bay Shingle traditional exterior

traditional exterior design

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burlington architect

Birdseye Design

Shingles are a predominantly east coast siding material. They can be made from vinyl, fiber cement and wood. They are well suited for Craftsman and Arts and Crafts style homes.

The Hillside House modern exterior

modern exterior design

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san francisco architect

SB Architects

Wood strip siding creates a clean and contemporary look. It is most often used in cedar.

Lobster Boat  Residence modern exterior

modern exterior design

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seattle architect

chadbourne + doss architects

Fiber cement siding comes in panels and many colors. It can be used to create a contemporary aesthetic or something more traditional when used with wood trim.

Residence contemporary exterior

contemporary exterior design

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san francisco architect

Simpson Design Group Architects

Stucco is great choice from traditional to contemporary homes. It is best where shadowed surfaces should be minimized. It is most closely associated with Spanish architecture, it also works for Arts and Crafts and Prarie styles.

bridlepath cabana modern exterior

modern exterior design

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austin architect

Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

Ubiquitous and almost maintenance free, brick siding works for many homes. It comes in a multitude of sizes, textues and colors.

Stone Residence 1 traditional exterior

traditional exterior design

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nashville architect

Norris Architecture

Stone is a beautiful, though expensive option that is similar to brick in its adaptability to different styles.

Fairfield House modern exterior

modern exterior design

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austin architect

Webber + Studio, Architects

Metal is a rarely considered but strong choice for contemporary designs.