Farmhouse Friday: Our Favorite Exterior Design Choices

The other day, I got a text from one of my besties that said, “Meredith, whatever happened to Farmhouse Friday?!?!” I replied: hashtag life.

But, we’re back with our second installment of Farmhouse Friday, and I’m trying my best to share some Farmhouse Inspiration with you guys! Today we are going to tackle the exterior…

We thought long and hard about our exterior design choices… but even so, there are a few things I would have changed! I will list all the selections below, but will highlight a few here…

COLOR: We decided to go with the Joanna Gaines Farmhouse color: Sherwin Williams Alabaster White. We tested 6 or 7 white colors and drive by at different times of day to see them, but ultimately landed on Alabaster because I wouldn’t have it any other way. Ha!

MATERIAL: You may also notice a mix of both hardie plank siding and board and batten. We thought about both, loved both, and just decided to mix them in the end. This is one of those home building decisions I wouldn’t stress about nearly as much… it’s so hard to tell the difference from afar!

ROOFING: We chose to mix metal roofing with a traditional shingle roof, simply for cost. If we could afford it, we would have loved to do the entire roof as a metal roof, but it just did not make sense, financially. We went with a charcoal shingle, and I believe the metal color is called charcoal too, but it’s a bit lighter.

BRICK SKIRT: We have red brick foundation, which I LOVE, and this was an “upgrade” from the standard block foundation. Next time I want to use white mortar… if you’ve been brick shopping or looking, then you know what I mean!

GARAGE DOORS: We bought white (cheap) garage doors, and totally went Pinterest crazy on them, with our very own gel stain project to make them look like wood. I hope I’ve tricked you and that you thought they were real wood! But hooray! They aren’t. I was scared to death to tackle this project, but knew I would regret not trying, and I’m so happy with how they turned out!

And one last interesting design decision we made was the gutters. We went with a super dark gutter and I seriously LOVE it!

Exterior Color: Sherwin Williams Alabaster
Roof Shingle: Charcoal
Metal Roof: Charcoal
Front Door: Simpson Doors, style 7482
Exterior Materials: Hardie Plank, Board and Batten, Red Brick Skirt
Gutters: Spectra in Bronze
Garage Doors: Generic, gel stained with minwax

Builder: My amazing hubby, Nic Teasley with Generation Homes! 🙂

What do you think of how the doors turned out? What questions do you have? Leave a comment and let me know! And if you don’t already, please subscribe to my blog in BlogLovin’!

  1. Margot says:

    I love your front door as well as the entire house, its dreamy. What type of wood is the front door as well as the stain you used? Thank you!

  2. Laurel says:

    WOW!! I was so happy to find your home on Pinterest because we have picked out those same plans for our house! I loved being able to see the real life pictures. Your house is gorgeous and I really appreciate you being so open about your design choices. All that you have mentioned, my husband and I have discussed such as the metal vs shingle roof, etc. I would love to know more about how you stained your garage doors because I know that saved mega bucks but I really think it’s important for the look of the house! After living in the house, how would you think that a brick veneer flooring would look in the foyer and garage entry? I have always loved the look of that and think it would be beautiful! I also really don’t want to use the dining room space as a dining room and think that we may purpose it as an office/reading nook area but I would also like to have a pantry so may modify our plans to suit that..Thank you again for your openness and I can’t wait to hear from you!

    • Meredith says:

      Laurel, Thanks for your comment!! I just did a pinterest search for “Faux Wood garage doors” and followed their lead. I believe it was this one: http://www.domestically-speaking.com/diy-garage-door-makeover-stain/

      I LOVED our brick floor!! I’m not sure I’d recommend it for the front entry, but if you like the look, go for it! It was for sure my favorite floor in the house.

      We have since sold this house (CUE THE TEARS!!!) but are currently planning our next one, and will do the same thing you suggested with the dining room. I definitely don’t want a formal dining room, but want to have an in-home photography office and home office in that front area!

  3. Billie says:

    Hi Meredith! Thank you for your post!! I see the front door is Simpson, 7842. Do you remember which wood stain you selected?

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