Board-and-batten is a vertical siding style that first became popular in the Kansas City area for practical reasons. Farmers liked it for their barns because rainwater tended to drain more thoroughly from the boards, which meant the siding was less prone to wood rot than horizontal lap siding. Homesteaders warmed to it—literally—because the cracks between the vertically mounted siding boards were covered with strips called “battens” to keep frigid winter air from making its way indoors.
Fast forward to the 21st century, and homeowners throughout the Kansas City metro area are using board-and-batten siding to create a modern farmhouse look because of its heartwarming aesthetic. Many exterior home design professionals say this rustic siding style evokes feelings of home as a safe haven. What’s more, board-and-batten siding can be combined with other siding styles to create a farmhouse look that satisfies modern tastes for home façades that sport multiple textures and colors.
Create Your Modern Farmhouse Look With James Hardie® Siding
Although the reasons for choosing board-and-batten siding may have changed, home maintenance concerns about wood siding’s susceptibility to rot, termite damage, and fading have remained the same since the pioneer days. Yet the modern farmhouse style depends on wood siding to complete the look—or does it?
The James Hardie brand is renowned for producing ultra-durable fiber cement siding that bears an uncanny resemblance to genuine wood siding but has none of its downsides. James Hardie siding resists damage from moisture, strong winds, and intense sun exposure, and it’s an energy-efficient choice for homeowners who want to rein in their heating and cooling costs.
But while James Hardie has long been the name to know if you want ultra-durable replacement siding, the exterior home design options made possible by this brand may be less recognized by many homeowners. Fortunately, if you’re in the Kansas City metro area, you can turn to the award-winning exterior home remodelers at Johnson County Siding & Window Co. for assistance in creating a stunning modern farmhouse look for your home using Hardie® Panel vertical siding and Hardie® Trim Board batten strips.
We’ve been outfitting homes throughout the Kansas City area with James Hardie siding for many years, and we’re adept at helping homeowners remodel their homes with:
A Tasteful Mix of Siding Styles
For example, you can choose board-and-batten siding to clad most of your home but highlight its gables or other interesting architectural features with shingle-style siding.
Well-Coordinated Color Combinations
Do you prefer the classic farmhouse appeal of using light-colored siding and darker trim to create contrast? Do you lean more toward the subtle elegance of adding trim that’s a couple of shades lighter or darker than your primary siding? Or maybe you’ve been thinking about going bold with a striking contrast of rich, dark house siding paired with white trim. No matter what exterior décor you’ve been envisioning, we can help you visualize how your ideas would transform your home before you make an investment. We can use a smartphone photo of your home and our high-tech visualization software to create digital 3D renderings displaying various options. We also offer consultations with our professional in-house designer.
The Latest Exterior Home Design Trends
From an aesthetic standpoint, the modern farmhouse style adapts well to many of the latest trends in exterior home design, such as homeowner preferences for black window frames. James Hardie not only offers beautiful board-and-batten siding but also black window trim that will create a sophisticated look when paired with black windows. And, when you partner with Johnson County Siding & Window Co., we can help you select the ideal replacement windows from our generous lineup of leading window brands. This means you won’t have to hunt for another exterior home remodeling contractor to bring your vision to life.
Let Us Give Your Kansas City Home That Modern Farmhouse Look
The first step toward transforming your home with board-and-batten siding is to schedule a free, no-pressure consultation with one of our friendly representatives at your home in the Kansas City metro area. Contact Johnson County Siding & Window Co. today to get started.