Help with stone color to match Hardiboard Mountain Sage

SMF77March 21, 2012

We are currently building a French country style ranch home with dormers. We are really struggling with picking a stone to go with Mountain sage color Hardiboard. We will have white windows and black roof and shutters. Any help would be so appreciated.

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Houseofsticks

Are you going with the smooth or the roughsawn style hardieboard? If your going with the rough/rustic craftsman style I'd try to go with a natural stone that picks up some of the darker brown/grey/charcol colors and grout to match the darkest color as the roof is dark. For any accents I'd do a darker stain on decking with white accents. If your going with a smooth and more beachy/coastal look I'd do a grey with darker grout to match with lots of white trim. I don't think I'd do the black shutters if it were me.

Here's some links that may be helpful in your decision, they are from the www.houzz.com website I have found this and ths. most helpful. Good Luck:)

http://www.houzz.com/discussions/61747/What-color-was-used-on-the-hardie-shingl---#comments

http://www.houzz.com/hardie/p/16

http://www.houzz.com/photos/349573/Exteriors-traditional-exterior-salt-lake-city

http://www.houzz.com/photos/126204/Greenlake-Custom-Home-traditional-entry-seattle

This one seems to be a similar color to yours:
http://www.houzz.com/hardie/p/80

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 11:08AM
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SMF77

We are using the select cedarmill hardiplank lap siding (resembles cedar siding). It's very much a darker green compared to what "sage" brings to mind. Thank you so much for the links!!

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 9:49PM
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Houseofsticks

The french country style to me brings to mind the overgrouted substantialy blocky style of stonework. I think both the Greys or a natural can work but I think it depends on the accent colors your using...to me black and white accents and grey would be a natural blend but I have seen the color you chose (mnt.sage) work well with the brown/redish tones when paired with a stained wood, like posts or beam accents. Here's a link:
http://craftsmanhomeplans.org/french-country-house-plans/

This one uses the black shutters on the stonework.

You might do well to visit a quality stoneyard (we have LuckStone locally) and ask for advice with your samples. It's hard to tell with just the list of colors for me rather than the sketch of your exterior. Like is it a predominant wall of stone, just base of post and beam accents or foundation, steps,...

http://www.houzz.com/photos/444298/Exterior---trellis-traditional-exterior-cincinnati

this one has more of a modern twist:
http://www.houzz.com/photos/148330/Hill-Country-Arts-and-Crafts-eclectic-pool-austin

Good Luck:)

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 11:56PM
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aucorley

We are also putting Mountain Sage Hardie 8 1/2 in rough sawn style on a 2 story craftsman. We are using Sail Cloth trim, chestnut brown shakes on dormers, Black Shutters, and Dk Charcoal roof and brick with a gray/brown mix (sorry no pics yet) on the base of the house. I would personally not place red colored stain or stone near the Mountain Sage unless you are ok with it possibly looking like Christmas time to some people. We are going with a dark brown in order to avoid in red undertones.

Can't wait to see pics of what your Mountain Sage looks like going up since we aren't to that stage yet!
Best of luck!

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 10:25AM
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bevangel_i_h8_h0uzz

Actually dark reddish browns would look great with Hardie's sage color. Sage-y greens and reddish browns blend in a very earthy way. So take a look at this house from houzz.com also. It has your sage siding and dark (black?) roof and shutters and combines them with red/brown brick.

http://www.houzz.com/photos/350337/Fitzgerald-Construction-traditional-exterior-atlanta

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 10:38AM
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Houseofsticks

A fellow gardenweber used the redish tone accent with this particular color aucorley, I might not convert you to red but I thought it really made the house pop and give it the craftsman feel: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/build/msg0609381716630.html

You didn't say where you were building. Here in the south with red clay everywhere I'd go with the redishbrown as it blends in with decking stain, where as in other area the natural surroundings dictate to me an organic feel when you use what's in the color scape of nature.
Can't wait to see your pics and what you decide.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 11:21AM
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aucorley

Ooo I certainly didn't want to imply red wouldn't look good. Definately not my intention at all, in fact I love the picture bevangle posted! (I will looking closer at their brick colors as I love the way they look, Thanks!!)
We are also building in red clay on a wooded lot. We choose the Mountain Sage and dark chestnut brown to mimick the color of the pine trees and their bark. I love houseofsticks' recommendation to choose organic colors from the surroundings.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 11:48AM
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bevangel_i_h8_h0uzz

Reds and greens together ARE kind of funny, aren't they? In bright clear tones, they do clash/pop in that jangling Christmassy way. But tone colors both down a bit with greys or browns and they blend gorgeously producing a very calming effect. Think "redwood forest."

:-)

    Bookmark   March 23, 2012 at 2:26PM
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