Need some help deciding on exterior materials
I'm meeting with the builder again on Friday to go over the specs for my new smaller plan, and I feel like I'm pretty close on the interior specs but I'm struggling a bit with the exterior. I really would like the outside to look at close as possible to this picture, both in terms of color scheme and style. I live in Minnesota and my lot is wooded behind where the house will be. I would prefer the shake style siding if it fits within the budget but I'm not sure what material would be best:
Cedar -I like the look of cedar but I'm figuring I would need to stain every 5 years or so.
Fiber Cement -I've also looked at the Nichiha shakes but I'm not as sure what the maintenance requirements might be there?
Vinyl-I have also looked at the Certainteed Cedar Impressions and they look ok, at least from a distance but they seem to be almost as expensive as the cedar.
I've read some old threads on the Nichiha but the installations all seemed fairly new so I'm wondering what the maintenance might be in 5, 10 or 15 years. Also if anyone has real life pictures of a whole house with the Certainteed shakes I would love to see them
Also, what sort of roof shingles would you go with on a house of this style?
The picture is from a different plan by Alan Mascord called the Pasadena.