When we think of curb appeal, we most likely think of beautiful flower gardens, neatly trimmed, emerald lawns, freshly painted siding, and a couple of white rockers swaying on the swept front porch. Of course, it’s all that and more. Adding architectural details to the curb-side of your house not only adds value if you were to list your home, but adds visual interest that makes your home stand out among all others. Here are some unique architectural elements using Inteplast Building Products Exterior Trim products that we bet you never considered.
Arches and Curves
Not just for interior doorways, arched and curved trim can make a huge aesthetic impact on the outside of your house too. Inteplast’s trim has all the visual appeal of wood, without the natural flaws, but it also has more design flexibility because of its heatability. You can create custom shapes and curves through an advanced heat-bending process for unlimited craftsman applications. In addition, IP’s embossing technology keeps the wood grain patterns intact during the heat bending process to maintain the authentic looking wood texture. Inteplast’s trim board can be shaped and bent to finish off curved decks and porches, archways, and circular or oval window surrounds.
Cornices and Columns
Once historical staples of home construction, cornices and columns are popular in modern designs as well. These architectural millwork products are not only for load bearing applications, but they’re often used for pure decoration. Jazzing up the eaves of a porch or overhang with Inteplast’s decorative, moisture-resistant millwork products you can create some low-maintenance drama with cornices, columns, and brackets in an economical way.
Weathered wood-look Accent Plank kits by Inteplast Building Products through merge aesthetics, functionality, and changeability into a unique, decorative experience. Whether you like a cool design pallet or a warm color scheme, the time-worn look of reclaimed wood lends itself to any style. Here are 5 looks to get using Inteplast Building Products Accent Planks:
Play it Cool with River Grey
Grey is the neutral of the moment. The ashy undertones of River Grey Accent Planks easily compliment greens and blues. It’s also the perfect pallet to bounce metallics off of. If you’re looking for a warmer effect, add brass and gold metallic accents. Or keep it on the cool side with silver, pewter, and brushed nickel finishes.
Keep it Coastal with Reclaimed White
Still in the cool zone, Reclaimed White Accent Planks provide a fresh, breezy, coastal vibe. A white monochromatic scheme is the epitome of coastal chic. Pair the planks with wide white plantation shutters, neutral wall colors, white trim, and a natural sisal rug and you can have a year-round beach staycation. If monochromatic isn’t your thing, add dark wood accents, paint, or furnishings for a punch.
Go All Natural with Whitewashed Pine
If Reclaimed White is too stark for your tastes, Whitewashed Pine Planks have just enough color to offset the severity of an all-white design, yet still provide the crispness you may be after. You can warm the room just enough by adding touches of orange, peach, rose, blush, and cream in furnishings, rugs, other accessories, and artwork, but still stay true to the natural essence of the Whitewashed Pine Planks.
Get that Warm Glow with Sierra Brown
The nature-inspired warmth of Sierra Brown Accent Planks lands far on the warm spectrum, and instantly transforms any room in your house into a cozy, inviting space. But that doesn’t mean you can’t cool it down a bit. Add blue, green, or purple finishes to strike the perfect balance. Or play off the warm even more by pairing the Planks with a subtle yellow wall to uncover gilded undertones.
Mix it up with the Multicolor Kit
If design flexibility is important to you, Multicolor Accent Plank kits may be the way to go. The multicolor Kit includes 10 planks in three distressed colors: Sierra Brown, River Grey, and Reclaimed White. The multidimensional effects of the different colors placed together, particularly in herringbone or chevron patterns, offer dramatic looks. With this kit you can achieve the rustic look, yet keep it contemporary. Or, you can mix and match other color kits too.
Each Accent Plank Kit—available through Lowe’s, select Ace Hardware stores, and other select dealers —covers 15 square feet and offers easy installation and removal using CommandTM Picture Hanging Strips from 3M–which makes them perfect for apartments and dorms. So get creative and express your own unique style.
How to answer that age old question: which came first—the deck or the landscaping? Ok, maybe the question doesn’t date back that far, but I’ll bet I’m not the only one who’s asking it! Whether you have a clean slate with a new deck on bare land or you’re building a new deck around established vegetation, your options are wide open when it comes to blending your deck with your landscape.
Considering that your deck just might be the most important connection between your house and your property (whew, talk about pressure!), you ideally want your landscaping and deck to work together rather than compete with one another. No matter if you’re building around existing landscaping or starting from scratch, here are some landscape suggestions to make sure your deck looks like it’s a natural part of your property.
Build your deck around existing landscaping. What do you do when you want to build a new deck and there’s a magnificent 200-year-old oak tree right in the middle of your back yard? Build your deck around it of course, making the tree the focal point of your outdoor space.
Incorporate flower boxes and planters. Maybe your deck overlooks a beautiful English garden with sweeps of color like black-eyed Susans, pink climbing roses, or lush purple lavender. You have a moral imperative to plant some of those flowers on your deck too! Carrying through the theme of your garden onto your deck in flower boxers or planters is a great way to blend the property with the deck.
Transition with concrete edging. If your deck abruptly ends in a grass yard, consider using concrete curb edging to easily blend the edge of the grass with the deck platform. You can also use river rocks, pea gravel, or mulch to help define the area.
When your backyard is water. Not all homes have a backyard to step out into. And that’s a good thing! You can incorporate some plants and flower boxes on your deck for some vegetation options. A crisp white railing adds an extra nautical flavor to your design to appropriately blend with your water view.
During the deck and landscape design phase, always keep in mind the view from your deck, and make sure you position the deck so you can look at your landscaping from all sides—be it water or land! Thanks for reading!
Apparently winter is the new spring, and I’m not complaining for a second. Hi all, it’s Martin here with you this week and these awesome warm temperatures have been keeping me busy outdoors working on projects that I’d normally put off until April—like replacing rotting wood trim on my workshop. When I first bought my house a couple of years ago, the first thing I did was upgrade all of the old wood trim on the exterior to Inteplast’s PVC trim products. I put off upgrading the workshop until now.
So, I know there are some die-hard wood enthusiasts out there who would consider it a sacrilege to use anything but traditional lumber trim products on their homes—or workshops—because I used to be one of them. But after years of scraping, puttying, repainting, or replacing, I decided I wanted to spend more time enjoying life than repairing stuff. And when I discovered that the beauty and workability of Inteplast Building Products matched, and beat, that of traditional wood products, I was a convert, and here’s why.
First and foremost, because they’re made of pure PVC, Inteplast’s trim products won’t rot, split, crack, splinter, or absorb water. They’re also resistant to termites and other destruction and annoying pests. All of this means you won’t have the maintenance headaches of real wood, so you get to enjoy your outdoor living and working spaces more often!
Of course, for a DIY freak like me, one of my main reasons for using Inteplast’s PVC trim is its workability. It installs just like real wood products using your standard woodworking tools. You can also create some one-of-a-kind architecture shapes and curves because Inteplast Building Products Trim is bendable, unlike natural wood. Of course that would require you to use some advanced heat-bending process tools, which, let’s face it, would be awesome.
The one thing you don’t have to give up is the beauty of real wood. Inteplast uses an embossing technology so the wood grain stays intact even after heat bending. And through the state-of-the-art Edge Seal Technology, the trim boards are fully sealed on all four sides for a smooth, dirt, and stain-free surface. The PVC trim products are also flame retardant, and their compliant with national building codes to prevent fire flame spread.
Inteplast Building Products Trim is available in two categories--Celuka and Freefoam—and is the perfect sustainable wood-alternative for window and door trim, and decorative millwork. Use them anywhere you want to add decorative curb appeal, or low-key places like a workshop that you just want to keep maintenance free.
Hope that answers any questions you’ve got about the benefits of PVC trim products. Enjoy this beautiful weather while it lasts. Harley’s already cooling off in the pond and it’s not even March. Thanks for reading.
Martin (and Harley)