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Habitat plus - going vertical

In a land of mostly horizontal weatherboard houses, those finished with vertical boards have a sharp designer look.

Favoured by architects of late, the sleek lines of vertical timber weatherboards are a complement to contemporary profiles like flat and monopitched roofs, and layered boxy shapes. Vertical weatherboards also give a more casual air, a look well-suited to holiday homes, and either rural or coastal environments.

Did you know: That the Resene stains range comes in many wonderful earthy tones which all allow the beauty of the timber grain to show through? See the Resene Exterior Woodcare chart available from Resene ColorShops and resellers.

Four colour panel
Horizontal weatherboards in green
1.The bold mono-pitch forms of this holiday home are connected by a covered breezeway while the exterior materials were sourced to withstand a harsh coastal environment. In a scheme reminiscent of rolling beach dunes, covered in marram grass and toi toi, the soft gum-tree brown tones of Resene Limed Gum give the home a restful persona. The garage door and fence are finished in the dusty green-edged neutral of Resene Overland. The aluminium joinery and trims in all of these schemes are in Resene Thunder. A simple post-and-rail fence and native plants anchor the house to its surroundings.
Horizontal weatherboards in browns
2. Here, the vertical cedar boards are protected and enhanced with Resene Woodsman exterior stain tinted to Resene Heartwood, the colour of the golden red-brown earth and pasture after a long hot summer. The garage door is in the intense stormy tone of Resene Thunder to match the joinery.
Horizontal weatherboards in dark colours
3. Taking a more masculine approach, the weatherboards in this scheme are finished in the shadowy brown-edged charcoal stain of Resene Treehouse. Dark stains such as these have been hugely popular in recent years for casual contemporary architecture. For the garage door and fence, Resene Groundbreaker is a warm oilskin brown, protective and practical.
Horizontal weatherboards in deep green
4. Most stains for exterior use look best in a palette of natural colours. At the edge of this philosophy, the verdant green of Resene Rangitoto gives us the cool shadowy depths of a native bush-clad hillside. Partnering it on the garage door is the windblown and weathered foliate beige of Resene Toi Toi.

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