The siding on a house determines much of its character and is closely related to architectural style. For example, a Mediterranean house will usually have stucco or plaster walls, while a ranch house will often use vertical boards and battens. It's also possible to change the character of a house by altering its siding material, and to vary the materials used, as shown in the illustration above (which is our Flexahouse design 445-4
by architect Nick Noyes) and in the following plans.
Mediterranean Plan 516-1
-- smooth white or integrally colored stucco or plaster walls and a tile roof.Plan 552-2
-- Smooth white walls are also often associated with the Modern style.Plan 48-600
-- Shingles lend a natural woodsy character, even if they are made of fiber cement, which is a durable, weather and fire resistant alternative to cedar or redwood.Plan 890-5
-- Horizontal board siding (also often made of cementitious material) gives a crisp contemporary look, especially if the corners are carefully expressed as shown here.Plan 508-1
-- Board-and Batten siding suits a rustic ranch house with a long living porch.Plan 454-25
-- Brick and stone (often used as veneers) are often associated with Traditional or European styles.
For more siding examples, browse our Design Styles