The following guidelines may help you choose appropriate colors and paint
submission to the Architectural Review
Committee (ARC) and help speed the approval process. Painting is a
costly investment for the next six or more years and affects the resale
value of your as well as your neighbor's homes. By observing these
guidelines, you will end up with a more satisfactory outcome and avoid
incurring additional expenses a year or so later.
Your ROOF is the largest color element of your home
and not easily changed. You should pick colors for siding, shingles and
stucco that complement your roof color (not exactly match it) to provide
visible contrast and make your house be the focal point, not the roof.
Avoid choosing a color that is too similar to at least
the three homes on both sides and across the street.
Consider the style of your home. Just because a color
looks good on a neighbor's Mediterranean home doesn't mean it will look
good on your traditional-style home.
When choosing a color, also consider how it will blend
with the HARDSCAPE elements such as brick, stone, pavers or
concrete. Try and find the common color element in your roof and
hardscape such as grey, tan, red or black undertones to guide you toward
the right complementary color pallet.
Some paint manufacturers offer a complementary or
low-cost in-store (bring pictures of your and adjacent homes) or on-site
color consultation and recommendations in exchange for using their
product. Inquire about this if you are undecided or want professional
EAVES and wood TRIM around windows and doors usually
looks best in shades of white. Bright white eaves and wood trim usually
look best against dark colors for a crisp contrast. If you have
replacement vinyl windows, painting the wood trim around the windows a
bright white to match the frames is preferred.
Try to AVOID FLAT PAINT around eaves and trim as flat
paint has had a history of cracking and peeling due to the architectural
design of some Canyon Creek models. Consider using low-sheen paint with
the product ENDURACRYL as a base or a high-quality paint product to
prolong the life of your trim.
The trend with GARAGE DOORS is to paint them the same
color as the front of the home to make the door blend in, but
traditional bright white is still a popular option as well. If your home
has the original fold-up GARAGE DOOR, the raised panels or trim molding
should be painted the darker secondary color. NOTE: if painted white,
the GARAGE DOOR must be the same white color as the rest of the white
trim on the house.
STUCCO must be painted with a FLAT FINISH PAINT.
For WOOD SIDING and SHINGLES, we recommend you ask
your painter to apply a good primer before the paint (two finish coats
are preferred). The age of the wood on our homes causes paint to be
absorbed unevenly (especially after rain and long sun exposure) and
looks spotty unless a good primer is used. This will avoid having to
repaint in a few months. Due to the age, you may need to replace
wood trim that has dry rot or shingles that have deteriorated.
For WOOD TRIM, we suggest eggshell or a low-luster
sheen with the product Enduracryl (Dunn-Edwards product) added unless
the paint is a high-quality paint like Benjamin Moore. Otherwise, you
may experience warping, cracking, fading and peeling due to water
absorption and sun damage from a flat paint.
The FRONT ENTRANCE DOOR can be a natural stained wood
with a low-luster or semi-gloss clear polyurethane finish or a
low-luster or semi-gloss black. If you would like to bring your original
door up to date, several homeowners have had their original oak door
refinished by a professional to look new.
The following suggested requirements should be
itemized on bids from reputable paint contractors:
Power washing the home before work begins
Extensive prepping of all surfaces and caulking
Priming of wood shingles and wood siding
Two coats of quality paint to ensure proper, even
coverage to prevent fading and warping, and to protect all wood
surfaces from the elements
Dunn Edwards and Benjamin Moor come highly recommended
and have proven to be excellent products. Benjamin Moore's "Historical
Colors" palette has excellent color combinations and sells small sample
cans to test the color on your house. Although Benjamin Moore tends to
he higher priced, Dunn Edwards is capable of duplicating most Benjamin
Moore colors at a more moderate price.
Consider other improvements that might enhance and
update the appearance of your home that should be done before or in
conjunction with your painting project, such as adding stacked stone,
hardscape/landscape remodeling, wrought iron gates, decorative pots, front door
and garage doors. Make sure that the paint colors you choose will
complement these improvements.
Refer to the
Suggested Vendor List for design and painting contractors that can help you with
your home painting project.
Please remember that any modification to the exterior
of your home requires submission of the appropriate
home improvement form with
neighbor signatures and prior approval by the
Architectural Review Committee
before any work is started. Schedule your project to allow time to get
your application completed and signed by neighbors, plus at least 30
days for the approval process.