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we-cursive-text offer the finest architectural buildings to enhance your landscape and lifestyle. Our acclaimed collection features original, historically-inspired Garden Sheds, Potting Sheds, Tool Sheds, Storage Sheds, Pool Houses, Boat Houses, Green Houses, Carriage Houses, Cottages, Studio/Workshop, Home Office, Barns, Solariums, Observatory, Welcome Booths and Pavilions. Our published work can be found at gracious homes, estates, hotels, clubs, campuses, resorts, gated communities and public gardens across the country.

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Color Selection

The choice of color(s) for your building will largely define its character and personality—historical, traditional, country, charming, stately, or rustic to name just a few. For most this question will be answered in part by the appearance of your house and surrounding landscape. Should my building “match” our house is a common question. The history of dependency buildings is that they were always architecturally distinct, but complimentary to the primary residence. Which is to say a small building has a more distinct presence on your property when it has its own unique personality. Materials and colors do not have to match that of the main house. A white building with a cedar roof, for example, is a perfect compliment to a red brick Georgian style home with a slate roof. Our guidance is to try and avoid the “mini-me” building syndrome where a small building matches exactly its adjacent main house.

Paint vs. Stain

The first decision you have to make is paint or stain. What’s the difference? In essence a solid stain is a paint. They are both films that sit on the surface. A solid stain is different from a penetrating stain, which actually absorbs into the wood and doesn’t sit on the surface. Solid stains and paints both require primer preparation. Solid stain is different from paint in two primary ways:

1) Stains are thinner than paints. The advantage of a thinner film is that it better highlights the texture of the wood, while the benefit of a thicker film is that if bridges cracks and imprfections to form a smoother surface.

2) Solid stains are typically very flat whereas an exterior paint will typically have a low lustre sheen.    

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We have a dedicated, free-standing dust-free paint facility with temperature and humidty control that is staffed by professional painters.  At no point in the production process is your building exposed to the outside until it is fully finished.  A controlled environment ensures proper paint/stain application and cure and allows us to paint year-round. Unlike a controlled environment, buildings that are painted outside are subject to moisture rentention and improper material bonding with eventual blistering, peeling and mold/mildew the unfortunate result. This will reduce the longevity of your finish significantly. 

 

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1, 2 or 3 Paint Colors

A building can be divided into different paint sections: Siding, Trim, Windows, Doors and Cupola. 1-color finish is just that—all sections are finished in 1-color. There are variations with a 2-color finish. One approach is to finish the siding in one color and second color for trim, cupola, windows and doors.  Another variation would be to finish siding, trim, cupola and windows in one color, with doors a contrast second color.  A typical 3-color finish would have siding in one color, windows, trim and cupola in second color and doors in a third color.  Because we’ve seen just about every imaginable color combination we’re happy to help with finish suggestions.  To help you better visualize how your building will look when painted we provide you with a CAD Approval Drawing with building elevations illustrated in your selected paint colors.

 

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We consider the exterior (and interior) finish of your building to be one of the most critical features.  For this reason every fully constructed, turnkey building that leaves our facility does so with a client selected exterior finish of either paint or stain.  Approximately 50% of our clients opt to have the interior painted as well for a building that is fully sealed and protected.  We also offer a variety of stencil-patterned floors to add character and old-world charm to your building.

 

 





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Paint/Stain Options*

Without getting too technical there are a lot of variations in paint/stain material quality–the selection of which will ultimately affect the quality of your building’s finish. Like anything, there is a quick, expedient and inexpensive way to paint with inferior materials and short-cut technique with result that will be bief; or there is a more tedious, time-consuming method we employ using premium materials for a finish that will endure. We encourage you to visit our recommended suppliers of quality material below for your paint/stain color selections.

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*Remember that when you are viewing colors on your computer monitor that monitor colors may vary from actual paint color depending on your monitor color calibration. For this reason we recommend obtaining a paint/stain color swatch from your local dealer.


Fine Paints of Europe | There is nothing more expensive than cheap paint.—Fine Paints of Europe

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eco paint cans fine europemount vernon

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Benjamin Moore | Producing high quality paints and finishes since 1883


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Benjamin Moore Color Chart

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Sherwin-Williams | Founded by Henry Sherwin and Edward Williams in 1866 

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color chart neutrals<< The "Warm Neutrals" Color Family

 

9 Color Families, 1,500+ color choices

BluesCool NeutralsGreens
OrangesReds | Violets 
Warm NeutralsWhites | Yellows


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Cabot Stain | Founded by American chemist Samuel Cabot in 1877

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cabot solid colors Solid Color

 Semi-Solid

semi transparent colorsSemi-Transparent

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