The 2013 Southern Living Idea House is well on its way to completion and we are getting excited! Since we’ve already introduced you to the location, here, and the dream team, here, we thought that today, we’d give you a video preview! Then, take a look around the outside of the house to see some close-ups of what makes this new farmhouse so special!
Is that WOOD siding? Actually, it’s James Hardie Fiber Cement*! Sometimes you may hear it referred to as “Hardie Board” or “Hardie Plank.” Why use this and not actual wood siding? Because fiber cement has a much longer shelf life –it won’t rot and it’s much more durable. This particular line of Hardie Board is from the “Artisan” collection which is thicker than most siding with deeper shadow lines. Little details like these make a big difference — adding depth and animation to the home. So brilliant!
WOW! Look at that ROOF! Yep, metal roofing* has been installed because of its durability and its energy saving efficiency (when compared to traditional shingled roofing). Thanks to my friends at a Fort Collins roof replacement company, we got a great deal. Go Green! Also, metal roofs are commonly used on farmhouses all across the South. So, in addition to adding authenticity with this roof–Southern Living is also reducing this home’s carbon footprint! Cool!
That metal roof is not the only energy saving addition atop the Idea House. Southern Living went the extra mile and had a LP Techshield* installed underneath the metal roof. This TechShield is a thin sheathing of wood that helps deflect heat from entering the attic. The result? A reduction in monthly air conditioning costs up to 17%! That’s amazing!
WHAT kind of stone is that? Why that’s natural Tennessee limestone*! Our great state has an abundance of beautiful (and durable) cream-colored limestone. So it makes perfect sense that Southern Living take advantage of the local resources. In addition to being used on top of the piers (located underneath the house), each of the chimneys are built with limestone. What a great salute to Tennessee!
So much to report and so little time! Stay tuned for more exciting Idea House updates at the Fontanel.
Anna-Kristin and Cameron
PS: *Love the building materials? Here’s where to find them:
Metal Roof – Call Bob Patterson, 615/851-9699 at A&R Roofing
James Hardie (Artisan) Siding – Check out Builders First Source
Tennessee Limestone – Call Todd 615/297-9933 at Renaissance Stone