2013 Southern Living Idea House — Progress Report!

April 16, 2013 | By | Comments (8)

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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

Chat Soon!

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

LP Tech shield– Email Leigh Marie at LP Building Products

James Hardie (Artisan) Siding – Check out Builders First Source

Tennessee Limestone – Call Todd 615/297-9933 at Renaissance Stone


  1. Ro Lewis

    What is the paint brand and color used on the exterior of the 2013 Southern Living Idea House? Thanks, Ro

    May 15, 2013 at 3:39 am
  2. Maggie G.

    I hope you use my favorite supplier of vintage reproduction hardware! Look in the Attic & Co is a trusted resource for excellent products at excellent prices! Take a look at the stock this company produces at http://www.lookintheattic.com

    April 25, 2013 at 11:27 pm
  3. Interior Canvas

    Hi Judy! Specifics for all of the information you’ve asked about will be revealed soon. Stay tuned!

    April 25, 2013 at 8:13 am
  4. Interior Canvas

    Hi Kena! There is no upstairs area to the main house. Only the first floor will be accessible to the public. Thanks!

    April 25, 2013 at 8:10 am
  5. Judy Rorie

    Would like to know more. I am a tour leader and interested in bringing a group to see the 2013 Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel in Nashville TN. What are the dates it will be open. I would also like to know the ticket cost and how I get tickets. I would also like to make a reservation at Fontanel Cafe for lunch after the tour of the home. Thank you for responding an answering my questions.

    Judy Rorie
    J-Ro Tours

    April 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm
  6. Kena Waggoner

    I would like to see the upstairs on the main house but cant find it. Can you add it to the house plan please?

    April 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm
  7. margi

    getting excited too! thanks for the update – great job!

    April 18, 2013 at 10:35 am
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