Posted on: 25 March 2015
Whether you've been to Tuscan villages or have only seen them in pictures, you have probably picked a Tuscan style cottage because of the warmth and charm they display. Here are a few steps you can follow to achieve the home of your dreams.
The Walls - If you want to stick to tradition, choose either rock or stucco. However, if you want to break from tradition a bit, brick would be beautiful, too. Any color of rock would be suitable. A rough-stone facade would definitely be less expensive than solid stone, so that's a definite consideration. If you select stucco for the front of your home, three excellent choices for the color are golden honey, warm gray or pale coffee. If you select brick, copper brown with soft dark accents or warm browns with burgundy as the second color would be very pretty.
The Accents - A planked wooden door with black wrought iron fixtures would be very dramatic, especially if you add wrought iron trim to your windows. Use wooden beams On the front porch ceiling to give a very authentic touch to your home. Consider putting the numbers of your address on the front of your house in colorful tile. A beautiful addition would be to place large clay pots on either side of your front door. Add topiaries, either real or artificial for added loveliness.
The Roof - Choose barrel tile! Brick red is the most traditional color, but you certainly don't have to choose that, as there are other gorgeous colors available, too. Salmon, blues or greens are all good choices. Just choose the one that goes well with the walls you selected. Clay tile roofs are usually more expensive than shingle or tin roofs, but they are extremely durable and easily repaired. Finding the right roofer takes some time, but it's well worth it.
- Take bids from more than one contractor. Ask them how they arrived at the quoted price. Does the price include clean up, materials and labor?
- Find out how long the contractor has been in business? You want to make sure that, if there's a problem in the future, the contractor will still be around.
- Is the contractor licensed and insured? Don't leave yourself open to risk!
- How well does the contractor communicate? You don't want misunderstandings. Will you be kept informed of progress that is being made?
- What kind of training and skills do the workmen have?
- Get everything in writing, including the guarantee, beginning and ending dates, and, of course, the cost of the project. Make sure there are no hidden costs.
Congratulations on building your dream Tuscan cottage. (For more information, contact Peacock Roofing)