What you need to know to make educated choices for exterior color selection of your timber or log home. How to avoid making mistakes and conquer intimidation !
For any exterior home development you need a solid foundation of cohesive colors and materials to establish the character and atmosphere of your property. But with a timberhome, the process can be a bit more daunting than a non-timber property.
This is because with a timber or log home, the timber/log elements appear on both the exterior and interior of the property, so the relationship and color flow of exterior and interior materials is that much tighter.
It is not a stretch to have between eight to ten different exterior materials on a timber home, so its important to invest the time to assemble a cohesive color and materials palette, that is thoughtfully considered.
Start by considering the context of your home; how your home relates to its surroundings and how that should influence your concept. Is it a lakeside home, mountain home, or city home? What are the usual natural lighting conditions in that place? And how will that affect colors?
rThe next priority is to select the color of the timbers or logs, building your palette around that. Find out from your timber/log provider if there are restrictions on the color selection they offer and ensure you know what stain brands they use. Will they allow you to select custom colors, or can they only be from manufacturers standard lines? This is important to know, because it can affect your construction budget for the timber component, and sometimes significantly.
We recommend establishing two or three preliminary options for your timber colour, and at that point you can then focus on the other materials and colors you want to include in the exterior finishes, gradually refining the palette as you go, eventually arriving at a desirable solution. This is a process that you should not rush - allow yourself enough time to consider various options and engage your spouse or significant other in the decision.
We highly recommend doing a color rendering on the architectural elevation drawings of your home before you instruct your timber builder or contractor to order the materials; This is important because it will more clearly show the relationship between one material to another, helping you better analyse your choices.
Try to render the colors as closely as possible to the actual materials, keeping in mind it will not be possible to make it exactly accurate. If done properly, it will be adequate to convey the mood.
We also recommend having physical samples of all materials made up and taken to the jobsite location so that you can see in reality how they look in relation to what is around them, and to see them in the lighting conditions at the jobsite.
If you still feel daunted or need a second opinion, it will be money well invested to get the help of a professional with experience in timber or log homes who can help you make informed choices.
From timber beam to window trims Kevin Gray Interiors can help give your timber or log home a unique and memorable character.
Call us today for a complimentary discussion. #403 453 6860
We often get asked 'what are you working on', and so I thought I'd take this opportunity to share two of our projects which are currently in progress.
In keeping with our focus on vacation living, we are working on two homes which are both in the Kootenay area of British Columbia, Canada - a vast area of wilderness with countless mountain peaks and beautiful valleys, most of which are filled with lakes; the perfect place for summer and winter getaways. If you are not familiar with this beautiful region, take a look at this video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FQ2xH8tvf4
One of our projects is a boutique lodge which will be rented out summer and winter, and comes complete with a chef who will cater exquisite cuisine to discerning international guests. The overall style is casual and relaxing, with a contemporary twist - its most definitely not a rustic retreat. The architecture is contemporary with butterfly ceilings and lots of open plan spaces, and the furnishings are overall more transitional in feel with contrast upholstery and stronger colors.
We are providing all custom furnishings, fabrics and accessories to make the interior come alive. Here are some of the concept sketches for the expansive living area. The style of the property is essentially contemporary and very open.
Here are some of the custom furnishings we provided. The lodge is currently being completed and when it is we will post more photographs of the spaces.
Kevin Gray is a residential interiors specialist, who has more than 20 years experience in the interior and architectural design industry.