Elevation Help..Where would you put the stone?
So our GC tells us in about 3 weeks we'll begin installing siding on our home. I need to decide where and how much stone we want to install. At 20 dollars a square foot installed for cultured stone, I know its the most expensive siding choice there is and I'm torn about where and how much to put on the home. We already know that the entire front of the home will be stone. At a minimum we will put it in all places shown on the following elevations.
In an ideal world where money isn't a factor, I'd want stone to follow the entire basement level of the home. Its a daylight basement and you can see on the side shot photo the line of where the basement meets the main floor. I would want stone set below that line and hardiboard w/ tudor accents above it. The elevation drawing now show hardiboard all the way to the ground on both sides, and the back of home. I know this is the most economical route.
The back of the home is the longest dimension and if I go stone on the basement level and on all 4 sides of the home below the basement line I estimate it will probably cost upwards of 45k. I know that later on there will be somewhere we'd rather spend the extra and its often the case that folks skimp some on back elevations.
As far as visibility, there will be a sidewalk on the side of our home shown in the photo, running along the back as well, past the woods. So neighbors will be walking by both these sides of the house. On the garage side of the house it will basically be an alley with 6 feet of space to the side of the next house tho you may see some of this side as you drive down the road.
I see the following options:
1. Do as the architect has drawn and just do stone on the front and office up to the first foundation line jog. Cheapest.
2. Do stone on the bottom (below the line on the side shot photo) on both sides of the home, (I know the alley side is a bit of a waste but I can't see doing one side and not the other) but not on the back. We'd still do some stone accenting on the back like around the eyebrow arches of the screened porch if possible.
3. Go all in and do stone on 4 sides of home including back basement level. The bank breaking option :)
Any options i've missed? GC suggested just a 3-4 foot stone line going all the way around but for the life of me I can't reconcile how that might work with the way the ground slopes back on the sides. I think maybe he just threw that out there without considering that.
Also you more familiar with the build process..if we decide to go for less stone and happen to win the lotto one of these days, how hard would it be to add stone on back/sides later? (This is a questions my husband had, I didn't know the answer)
This post was edited by niteshadepromises on Wed, Oct 16, 13 at 2:34