Friday, August 30, 2013

Dark Bronze

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a color for the roof and window trim!  The winning color is dark bronze.  I really struggled with the copper option, but after looking at a LOT of copper roofs and awnings that were 1-5 years into patina, I realized that the finish was too dull for me.  I've opted for standing seam metal instead.   Roofing materials and windows are being ordered today!

 Here is a photo of Jay's Gifford with the roof photoshopped brown:

But the front door and window trim is still the colonial red, so for me it's still a bit difficult to visualize.

Here is a color photo of the Gifford with my window trim color chip over the front door, and my roofing color sample set on top of the gable.  It's primitive, but I can sort of see what the color will look like:

I plan to stain my front door to match, and "age" it like I did the big Tuscan style cedar dining table I had built in my backyard of my Patricia house.  I beat it up with a heavy chain and a hammer, and then stained it.  It turned out just beautifully.  (You can see a photo of it here.)

I've got to attend to a few remaining related loose details and I can turn my focus to the interior design of the house.  SO EXCITED for the next stage!

I need to speak with my roofer about skylights and order those.

I need to figure out if I have any other roof penetrations that need to get in place.  Mostly what comes to mind is my bathroom exhaust fan...

Another huge step forward - yippee!!

Minnesota Summers


  1. Finally you decided on the color of your roof and windows! Congratulations! Now this is a huge step closer to the completion of your house. Truly, your choice of structure, color, and appeal for your house is quite interesting. I can't wait to see the final product!
    Hugh @ RoofXperts

    1. Hugh,

      Hey, thanks for stopping by! YES, finally! lol You wouldn't think it would be that huge of a dilemma, right? But for me... heck I've only chosen one roof color in my life - so not a lot of experience. And this project is so small, it somehow magnifies all the decisions! So - Yay! So pleased.

      Thank you for your encouragement!

  2. I agree with your observation on copper. They just tend to look dull as they get older and more weathered. Dark bronze should last longer, and it would be easier to refresh if you want to make it look brand new again. I approve of the plans for the dark-stained door, which actually looks more amazing as time passes by.

    1. Scarlet,

      Hey! Thanks for taking time to comment. Thanks, too, for the validation of my decision. It was a biggie for me!

      Have a great day!

  3. Choosing the right color for your roof might have been a challenge on your part. Did you feel nervous thinking about the outcome? Well, it turned out great, so the only thing that you need to do is to be happy! :) I hope that everything is going well with your tiny house.
    Jere Leach @ Yancey Home Improvements

    1. Hello Jere,

      Yes, choosing the color was a huge challenge for me. I broke out the paper, colored pencils and scotch tape and tried new roofs on a photo of my house like putting clothes on a paper doll! I knew it was a permanent decision so I wanted to be sure I would like it. Once I made the decision I was good to go, though - but that's my personality. Once I make a decision I rarely look back. I will say, though, that I was surprised at how MUCH I liked it when it went on! Relief...

      My house is coming along - thanks for asking. I am still struggling with electrical and plumbing, but exterior trim is almost done, and I'm ordering some utility parts today - another big step. Soon I'll be insulating...! I'm weirdly excited about that.

      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog & commenting.


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