Inspired Moments

by Lindsay Frankel

Inspired Moments

Design Meets Durability in This Winning Exterior Home Remodel

by Lindsay Frankel

When it comes to providing design insights that make quality building materials look their best, S.I.S. Exterior Renovations stands out.

Serving the greater Calgary area, the locally owned and operated business handles every aspect of an exterior home remodel with stunning results.

The ability of the S.I.S. team was on full display with their entry to the #MyHardieHomecontest, which invited homeowners, contractors, and builders to post beautiful photos of their fully finished projects that use James Hardie brand products.

The project that S.I.S. submitted highlighted their thoughtful design, which helped give an old home character, visual texture and a lot of style.

The overall aesthetic for this project was driven by the team at S.I.S. and features striking dark colors and bold accents, which is a stark but welcome contrast from the aging cedar siding that was on the home.

The design was intended to deliver a tasteful visual palette by limiting the use of materials on the front of the home, while strategically mixing materials elsewhere.

To give the one-story house the illusion of height, S.I.S.’s designer recommended HardiePanel® vertical siding in a board-and-batten look, along with HardieShingle® siding accents, both with ColorPlus® Technology finishes in Aged Pewter. The homeowners opted to complete the look with black windows, which look gorgeous against the dark siding and the stone at the bottom of the elevation.

The dark palette is a hot trend in the Calgary area, with increasing popularity in the U.S. Jody Roberts, the owner of S.I.S., said they use the Aged Pewter color on about 60% of their jobs.

S.I.S. said the homeowners were thrilled about the total transformation of their home. The project has even caught the attention of others interested in working with the company.

Recently, another homeowner asked about design services offered by S.I.S. and the company sent the winning #MyHardieHome photo as an example. The team received an enthusiastic response from the homeowner, who instantly booked an appointment.

Beyond the products’ design flexibility, S.I.S. Renovation Consultant Alanna Foster said that homeowners also appreciate Hardie® siding for its long-term durability and weather resistance.

Durable siding is an especially important consideration in the Calgary area, where hail storms can significantly damage homes. Homeowners can be confident in knowing that Hardie® fiber cement siding helps resist the impact of hail and windblown debris and is designed to perform in extreme heat and cold.

Roberts said his company has plenty of experience installing other exterior materials, but almost always recommends James Hardie brand products first.

“From a fit, feel, finish and economical standpoint, we believe James Hardie is the product to put on the wall on any house,” Roberts said.

If the work that S.I.S. did on this home has you thinking about your own home renovation, find inspiration with our essential siding replacement guide, which features design tips, photos, and ways to prepare for your project.

Homeowners, builders and contractors are invited to post photos of their finished James Hardie projects on Instagram along with the hashtag #MyHardieHome. Your photo could end up being featured on our website or our social media channels!