As we mentioned yesterday, we're getting a new roof! In trying to figure out what color roof to go with, we went to OwensCorning.com and played with their color chart. Obviously our house doesn't look like their model but we were able to make similar color combinations to help visualize what a new roof will look like.
Actual house color
Current color combo on Owens Corning's website
We've never been a fan of... well, really anything about the exterior of our house. Cream on white is way down on our list of great color combos but that's the hand we were dealt. We've been debating for a long time whether we should change out the aluminum trim with a different color (keeping the stucco white), leave the trim and paint the stucco, or both. If you look closely, you'll see that the aluminum windows are actually white, the aluminum trim dark cream, and the stucco off-white. That's annoyingly too many shades of blah.
We've heard a lot of different opinions on painting stucco. I make it a habit of asking painters and contractors their opinion and it seems like every painter has said it's no problem if you do it right but the contractors are less unified. Some contractors say it's no problem, some say not to do it at all. Unfortunately the experts, the painters, also have the bias that they make money from being able to paint stucco. What have you heard?
Option 1 - New roof, new trim
If we were to get a new roof and change the trim, it could look something like this. Not quite this color blue but options were limited on the website.
Option 2 - New roof, paint the stucco
For now, if we hypothetically paint our house a blue-gray, here's what a few roof colors would look like with our current cream colored trim.
Option 3 - New roof, new trim, paint the stucco
This one's a little more extreme but when we walk around our neighborhood and
gawk at check out our neighbor's houses we're always drawn to painted houses with white trim. Here are some houses near us we have "house crushes" on.
Some of our trim was damaged by hail (and the rest is showing it's age) so it would be easy enough to change the color. We'd have to pay a little of out pocket to change the non-damaged trim so this is the most expensive option.
Here's an amateur artist's rendition of how these colors could look on our house - it's heavily photoshoped so forgive the supernatural look..
Although we like this color combo, we realize that there are a MILLION things we'd have to do to our yard to help out the curb appeal as well. We need new concrete steps, a non-warped front door, outside lights, a non-rotting retaining wall, some type of landscaping on the side slope and a less boring bush in the front. We're also considering a more greenish-gray color.....
We need help! We need to decide pretty quick what color roof we're going to chose and whether we're going to change the trim. What do you think??
We put a poll on our facebook page so you can weigh in and see the opinions!