Working in Marketing and on the sales floor, we often get questions like “We like the look of metal on our home, but our HOA won’t approve it. What other ways can we use metal on the exterior of our home?” or “We already have a metal roof; how can we tie that into the rest of our building?”.
5 factors to consider when selecting residential siding:
- Type of Construction— re-model or new build
- Installer— seasoned or first-time installer
- Location— surrounding environment
- Theme— modern, rustic, contemporary, and industrial
- Personal Value—budget, durability, maintenance
A well-designed modern home looks clean and almost minimalistic in its finished form. This clean simplicity can sometimes hide the hours of intensive thought that went into each line, curve, and surface. Designers have to balance aesthetics, performance, longevity, and often most importantly, the surrounding landscape. New technologies have improved metal siding panel systems, allowing designers more flexibility in their designs, knowing that the performance and longevity of the product is up to their standards.
Charred Wood is the process of lightly applying open flame to a wood plank to char the surface of the board. The charred exterior helps to weatherproof the siding and act as a deterrent to insects.
Shou Sugi Ban is a commonly used variation of the Japanese word Yakisugi. In Japanese Yaki means to heat with fire, and Sugi means Japanese Cedar. Ban translates to a plank, in this case a wood plank.
Shou Sugi Ban was first seen used in 18th century Japan as a technique for charring the outer layer of a wooden plank (usually cedar) to help protect the façade against weather and insects. In recent years, the visual appeal of this technique has been adopted by architects and designers around the world. Commonly referred to as Charred Wood or Burnt Wood, this technique can be applied to a range of wood siding panels.
The Old West is known for its rustic charm and rugged landscapes. That is why homeowners and designers love to use the Wild West as design inspiration for residential and commercial spaces, even on the East Coast.
One company that is witnessing this first hand is Great Country Timber Frames out of Conneticut. "There’s a strong nostalgia for the West in the East Coast, where Cape- and Colonial-style homes & businesses are the norm. From cowboys to wide open blue skies, New Englanders are fond of the West. The appeal of rustic design on the east coast is certainly in the wanting to be different."
In the past few years we’ve watched the design esthetic pendulum between the sleek, cool, sharp lines of Modern style and the cozy, comfy, woodsy feeling of Rustic. Most recently, that pendulum has stopped right in the middle. Those cold, modern lines are mixing with warm, earthy materials like natural wood and stone.
Shannon Schad began his career in residential construction at age 15 alongside his dad in the Black Hills of South Dakota. After a few years hiatus as a skier in Montana and Colorado, the lure of family and a career designing custom homes called him back home. In 2008 he struck out on his own with Shannon Schad Design & Construction. Now he works alongside homeowners to create mountain homes that reflect both his clients’ design ideas and the landscapes that surround them.
The vast fields and farmland that surround Bozeman, MT tell the story of a past built on agriculture. The remnants of steel towers and granaries reflect the history of the strong crop processing industry that supported the city through most of the 19th century.
Tom Duffy and his family purchased the Bozeman KOA two years ago with the vision of expanding family friendly camping opportunities to travelers on their way to and from Yellowstone National Park. The Duffy family already owns the Bozeman Hot Springs next door and hatched a plan to expand offerings, kids activities, and amenities for people on the road looking for a fun and safe spot to enjoy vacations and road trips across the west.
For years the Imperial Inn, an old motor inn on Main Street in Downtown Bozeman, sat empty; a relic from an era gone by. This prime real estate needed a new vision and a modern direction, which is exactly what architect Eric Nelson, from Think Tank AIA, saw when he and his business partner, architect Brian Caldwell, purchased the building.
Former architecture student Gordon Nelson has always been fascinated with alternative structures used as homes. Almost a year ago he began work on a tiny home in Manhattan, MT. “My needs are modest; it’s just me and the dog,” he says. “It just needs to be enough to keep the rain off my head.”