Detail - 02

Detail - 02

Today let's continue our discussion of those small details to your new Quality Built Home that will make all the difference in the world.  Yesterday we talked about Interior Trim and it seems logical that today we continue the conversation about trim but today let's talk about Exterior Trim.

So many times we look at particular homes and some stand out as examples of exactly what should be done.  Unfortunately many homes never standout.  One of the most important things that can make your home stand out is good use of Exterior Trim.  

While looking at numerous architectural styles the defining character is the trim around windows, doors, at corners, across the bottom, and up the gable ends to mention only a few.

  • Mantle - today's photograph shows a rather intricate pilaster and mantle above the front door with a finial at the center.  
    • The pilasters are the fluted columns on either side of the door
    • The mantle is the large piece across the top of the door and the center of the Mantle is a beautiful Finial.
    • Frequently mantles have a Key Stone in the center rather than a Finial.
  • Window mantles - many times, particularly in Two-Story Colonial homes the first floor windows have their own mantle.  Window and door mantles are fairly common in Georgian Colonial styles as well as Federal Style architecture.  
  • Corner boards - on the outer corners of a home there is typically some kind of a Corner Board whether it is a fairly small Vinyl corner board or something significantly larger.  Corner boards often sit on top of Plinth Blocks, a decorative block that provides a "base" for the corner board.
  • Plinth Blocks - these blocks are frequently under door trim, door pilasters, and corner boards.
  • Freeze boards - a freeze board is a decorative board that runs across the top of the exterior walls just under the roof overhang
  • Shutters - shutters have become very common place in all styles of homes.  Originally they served an important role of protecting the windows from storms.  But, like virtually a forms of trim the major purpose is to simply look beautiful.
  • Fascia boards - a fascia board is commonly used in almost every style of home, it is the horizontal trim board at the edge of the roof line
  • Soffit - the soffit is the underside of the fascia boards and in modern construction it is the place where ventilation of the attic space begins.

As you can quickly see there are many types of Exterior Trim and we have only touched the surface of this topic.  Many architects would argue that homes with style and character are those homes with the proper use of trim.  Personally I agree.  Trim whether interior or exterior plays a significant role and defines the beauty of a home.

In addition to trim, a huge impact on beauty is the size and style of windows.  It might be helpful to have a discussion about windows tomorrow. 

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