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Monterey Taupe Makeovers
Thursday, December 01, 2016

A re-side project can make a huge statement and when it’s in a new color, it can feel like a completely new home.

Besides the updated look, your home will benefit from the advantages that James Hardie® siding and trim provide, including: the ability to stand up to your local weather, withstand damage from moisture and rot, and resist UV fading which means your siding color will stay vibrant for longer with lower maintenance.

When it comes to most popular choice for a siding hue, gray has been trending nationally and across the East Coast. But it’s not the only color in the James Hardie color palette. If you’re not a full blown gray lover, check out Monterey Taupe, it’s a grayish hue with a hint of brown, making it a striking neutral that’s understated, not in your face.

Here are three homes, flaunting their new siding color in Monterey Taupe. Now they’ve got the kind of curb appeal that’ll make you “ooh” and “ahh.”

Stylish with Stone
This coastal home is clad in HardiePlank® lap siding and HardieShingle® siding in Monterey Taupe with crisp HardieTrim® boards in Arctic White. Incorporating shingles in a home’s gables is an easy way to add interest to an exterior. The siding and trim hues complement the home’s original stone work, and the craftsman style door and classic lighting fixtures add character to the clean, stylish home. 

New Neutrals
The shingles of this North Carolina coastal home draw focus in refined Monterey Taupe. The welcoming abode is clad in HardiePlank lap siding in Woodstock Brown with HardieShingle siding in Monterey Taupe and HardieTrim boards in Cobble Stone.  The collection of neutral siding and trim colors create a cohesive and sophisticated look.

A Touch of Taupe
This classic beauty is clad in HardiePlank lap siding in Countrylane Red and Monterey Taupe HardiePanel vertical siding with HardieTrim batten boards in Sandstone Beige. It boasts a sophisticated farmhouse style with modern touches in taupe.

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Home Advisor Network Review
Friday, September 30, 2016

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Warm and Welcoming Cobble Stone
Thursday, September 01, 2016

Choosing a home siding color can be daunting, but we’ve found a way to make it less of a chore. Peruse the James Hardie® siding and trim ColorPlus® Technology palette. James Hardie’s color experts narrowed down the thousands of color options to a list of well-curated siding and trim hues that all complement one another. No matter which combinations you choose, it’s designed to look great. From bold red to soft beige—James Hardie has you covered. 

Craving a simple exterior hue? Check out James Hardie’s range of beiges. From Sail Cloth to Sandstone Beige, they’re anything but boring.  We love the sophisticated warm beige hue of Cobble Stone. It’s a rich neutral with a warm undertone that evokes the image of well-worn, aged streets. 

Here are three standout homes clad in Cobble Stone—can you say instant curb appeal:

Classic in Cobble Stone
When clad on this exterior, HardiePlank® lap siding in Cobble Stone looks warm next to the HardieTrim® boards in Arctic White.  The classic black shutters match the dark gray roof for a cohesive formal look. 

Bright with a Balcony
This home in the Chicago suburbs is clad in Artisan® siding in Cobble Stone with HardieTrim boards in Arctic White. The white accents of the home, including the window frames and the balcony railing makes the home pop while nestled in its well-manicured and deep, green yard. 

Subdued in the Suburbs 
This updated Colonial style home is clad in straight edge HardieShingle® siding in Cobble Stone. The Arctic White HardieTrim boards and black shutters complete this exterior’s classic look

Regardless of the siding and trim colors that you choose for your east coast abode, when you side your home with James Hardie products you’re gaining the benefit of ColorPlus Technology. While field applied paint can dull prematurely over time, James Hardie’s ColorPlus Technology is specifically engineered to help resist damaging UV rays, so your color will stay vibrant longer with lower maintenance.

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Northeast Homes with Shingles
Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Northeast is known for its iconic shingle-sided homes—Classic Cape Cods and seaside cottages clad in shingles immediately come to mind. And there’s good reason, the shingle architectural style was made popular by the New England region.

With James Hardie® building products, you have options when it comes to shingles. HardieShingle® siding comes in straight edge panels for a more pristine look, or staggered edge panels for a more rustic look. Either shingle quickly adds distinct character to any northeast home.


Whether used as an accent or as the home’s entire siding, shingles just seem to say, classic. The Northeast is the home of the shingle design style, and here’s a look at the region doing it well.


New England Mist.

This New England beauty is clad in straight edge HardieShingle siding in Light Mist with HardieTrim® boards in Arctic White. The clean look of the straight, light gray shingles seem to pop with the fresh trim. 


Cobble Stone Colonial.

This updated Colonial style home is clad in straight edge HardieShingle siding in Cobble Stone. The Arctic White HardieTrim boards and black shutters complete this exterior’s classic look.


Straight and Shingled.

This New England neighborhood home is clad in straight edge HardieShingle siding in Autumn Tan, with HardieTrim boards in Arctic White.  The warm, welcoming neutral blends nicely with the stonework.


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Standout Stone Chimneys and Siding
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

When it comes to historic homes in the Northeast, fireplaces are typically a part of the package. Nowadays, they may not be necessary but they sure are a beautiful focal point from the inside and outside of your home. Besides the warmth and ambiance, the chimney is likely a part of your home’s history, so why not show it off with standout home siding.

Here are a few stone chimneys that take center stage when paired with complementing James Hardie® siding and trim.

Creamy Cobble Stone Standout
The choice of HardiePlank® lap siding in Cobble Stone adds interest to the home’s natural stone chimney. The blend of neutral colors in the stone foundation match the large fireplace and when paired with the creamy siding hue, the home’s entire look is tied together.

Brick Chimney Bungalow
This quaint bungalow is clad in HardiePanel® vertical siding in Monterey Taupe with HardiePlank lap siding in Evening Blue. The wrap-around porch, tin roof and natural stone chimney make this simple bungalow an amazing abode.

Natural Stone Chimney in Nature
The backside of this suburban dwelling is clad in Artisan® lap siding and Artisan® accent trim in Woodstock Brown. This brown siding blends in with the bark of the trees and the chimney’s natural stones match the walking path in the back yard.

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