This same idea applies to expectations regarding materials and finishes. We want them to look nice, but more than that, we want them to stand the test of time and require very little of our attention.
Windows are a good example. We chose Marvin fiberglass windows that will not rot and never need to be painted. They aren’t the fanciest or most elegant, and that’s fine. Our priority is not having to think about maintaining windows for the next 20 years at least. This isn’t the case with wood.
Few decisions regarding the house have been more pivotal than the choice of siding. It sets the tone of the entire exterior and protects the house from the elements, which can be a challenge living near the ocean.
We always liked the idea of the house having a dark exterior, maybe even black. The idea of a dark, modern home, set in the pacific northwest forest seemed perfect. It’s easy enough to paint a house black, but we started to look into other options.
If you picture a Japanese village in your mind, you’re likely to imagine buildings with a dark brown or black appearance, with a lot of character.