Monday, February 15, 2010

Inspiration for the exterior cladding for our bungalow

Some of the inspiration for the exterior cladding of our renovated bungalow in Ottawa comes from homes like these below. The styles and colours of these homes are quite different, but they are characterized by a mix of stone and either stucco, siding or brick cladding.

This first house is considered by some to be a characteristic example of the Prairie Style of architecture with a hipped roof that juts out far over the walls and no gables. Clean, horizontal lines are the dominant architectural feature with a pronounced use of natural materials.

The house below was designed by our architect. She used a brown stone at the base with a dark green/brown stucco and an accent of red along the top of the wall. She then brought this inside this house using the same stone for the fireplace and for the base of support beams, which themselves were made of the same wood as the beams on the porch.

This prairie style house uses a grey-coloured stone on the front. They have also used a more modern style window, unlike the Arts & Crafts style window proposed by our architect for our bungalow.

This house designed by another Ottawa architect uses a light-coloured rough stone cladding on the front of the house and stucco on the sides and rear of the house in the same colour. The wood of the porch and soffits provides contrast.

Here is an Arts and Crafts style house with a large grey coloured stone that goes quite high up the wall combined with a beige/light yellow stucco and greenish trim.

And here are a few more colour combinations:

Finally, here are some combinations that use a smooth stone on the bottom. Some of these homes use brick on the top, but I think it is unlikely that we would do the same.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.


  1. I like the second last one the best, but I'm influenced by the incredible chalet style of architecture going on in the ski villages around here.

  2. Yeah, that's a nice one. I am not overly enthusiastic by the colour of the stone, but I like the interplay of different types of stone and the steel-looking plates, which provide a sense of quirkyness without making it stand out like a sore thumb.