Exterior Siding: Horizontal or Vertical

You were all so helpful (and all in complete agreement!) with my last post about our future house.  I agree, the slanted porch roof is the way to go, and it is currently getting redesigned!  Just a clarification, the porch roof would have had a slight slant to it to run the water off, but not much at all.  Also, in the part of the country we really don’t get much rain at all, so it just wasn’t a concern to me.

So now I have another question for you, and I’m quite sure you will have answers!

I was certain (CERTAIN!) I knew what kind of siding I wanted for our house.  Our last house had traditional horizontal siding, and I loved it!  Also, we have some more modern elements going on, so I wanted to make sure to keep lots of traditional as well to balance it all out.  And (see I have lots of reasons…), I am pretty sure we’ll have a metal raised seam roof, and those vertical “stripes” of the roof plus the vertical “stripes” of the other option, vertical siding, seemed like an awful lot of stripes!

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But… this process has been so long that I have started second guessing some of my decisions.  Now I am waffling between traditional horizontal siding and (still very traditional) board and batten. (side note: ignore the porch roof.  these designs were before the angled roof was added in)

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To clarify, this is what I consider to be traditional horizontal siding:

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And this is board and batten, the vertical siding option I would choose.

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We are going to have 3 structures on our property: our main house, which is attached via a second story bridge to our garage/loft for my parents, and a barn.  The barn has been set to have board and batten so I wanted something else for the house and loft.  But now we are toying with the idea of a metal sided barn (because of a possible significant cost savings), so that means I could still have the buildings with different sidings.

A bit more information to help you weigh in on your opinion: the house will be white with some wood details, with a black roof most likely.  The barn will most likely be black with wood trim and doors.  You can see all my pins for modern farmhouse exterior inspiration here.

So which do you prefer: horizontal siding or board & batten?

 

house update

Its been awhile since I gave an update on where we’re at with our house build.  I wish I could’ve have update earlier, but NOTHING HAS BEEN HAPPENING! Ugh.  You guys.  Never ever in my life did I think this house building process would take so stinkin’ long.  I think we’re about 2 1/2 years or so into this process.  Good.Ness.

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If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s how it all started: why we sold our last house, the lengthy process of selling, and buying our property.

There has been some progress, I guess, but its been so slow.  Our plans have been submitted to the county for the first round of plan checks and now we’re just w a i t i n g for the plans to get resubmitted for the second, and hopefully last, round.  Then we’ll have our permits and can finally get started on actually building a house!  We have chosen a new builder and can’t wait to get started with him.

For now, I have been walking through my house in my head, and since our plans have been drawn for so long now, I am second guessing some of my ideas.  Here’s my latest change I think I’m going to make: changing our front porch roof from flat to angled.  I think we went with flat because our architect was pushing us to go more modern  – which I asked him to do – but in the end, I feel like its just not the look I’m really wanting.

This is what it’s designed to look like currently:

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View from the front of the house (above).

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View from the side.  See how flat it is? I like the look for sure, but I just don’t love it.

It totally matches my original modern farmhouse exterior inspiration, but I’m second guessing it now.

Here’s what I’m going for:

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So what do you think?  Do you prefer a flat porch roof or slightly angled?