The Exterior Gets a Facelift
Originally, as you can see in earlier renderings, the exterior was designed to be clad in white stucco with some highlights of dark-stained wood siding. We felt that this high contrast between the two materials, and the smooth continuous surface created by the stucco, would accentuate the reading of the shift – of the building sheared in half and offset to reveal the balconies. Additionally, we felt that the monolithic look of stucco seemed appropriate cladding to represent our thick 14″ walls, and we were drawn to the material since its use would have been a nod to the predominant building practices of our home countries (Germany for me, Serbia for VJ and Milos).
However, as the design evolved, we began to lean more toward cladding the building only in cedar siding. We felt that the simplicity of cladding both the house and garage in only one material would benefit the design, that as a renewable northwest material, natural cedar would be more responsive to the surrounding buildings, and that it would be more expressive of the green building practices we are incorporating. Additionally, since we have 4 inches of EPS foam (see details) between the siding and our structure, we realized that it would be exceedingly challenging to adequately attach an assembly of materials as heavy as stucco to the side of the building.
So here is our revamped look, using horizontal 4″ tongue and groove cedar siding with two semi-transparent stains. What do you think?