It’s a Grey Grey World….

ITS EVERYWHERE!!! Have you looked around any public or private building lately? What do you see? I bet, that list of colors includes grey? Am I right? 

The grey family has moved in and its here to stay. Grey is a color that can be used pretty much any where at anytime and has the ability to change with the look you are going for by just mixing up the furniture or accent colors. Everyone is obsessed and rightfully so. Grey has the unique ability to go with just about any décor in any style home and look good doing it. 

It is truly amazing that the same color grey can be used in two different spaces and look and feel completely opposite. It takes on a cool blue tone if used with light, bright accent pieces and can turn deeper and more rich with the use of darker more traditional furniture and colors. We use the grey family in most all of our designs and here are a few to gawk at. 

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This is a blue/green based grey that was used in our Hawthorn Model in Palmetto Bluff.

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This laurel model in Hampton Lake uses a lighter grey to brighten and modernize.

While this home uses a greige with more neutral/tan tones to soften and blend. 

See, there are in numerous ways to use the grey family to make your space unique and fit your overall look and feel of your home. Don’t be scared to go out there and try it. You cant go wrong!

Good luck there you grey lover, you!

What is Shiplap?

Due to a highly successful show on a certain network, with certain hosts who happen to have a wooden walls fetish, shiplap has taken over our lives!
We LOVE this trend as well and have been integrating wood on walls for the life of our company (ie..way before it was popular) just call us cool!

But we are here now to correct a super common misconception…. All wood on walls is NOT called Shiplap. There are different names for all the different types of this design element. It can depend on type of wood, direction in which is lays, how it is installed and whether its painted, washed or natural. 

We will first explore the question….What is shiplap?

 Traditional shiplap has a rabbet (or groove) cut into the top and bottom, which allows the pieces to fit together snugly, forming a tight seal. This also gives shiplap its distinctive appearance, with very subtle horizontal reveals between each piece. This material is usually just reclaimed boards from a lumbar supplier or you can just buy 1x6’s from any home store and paint them. 

The next option is buttboard. These are planks of wood that are nailed up with gaps in between. This gap also has a name depending on its width. Nickel gap is most common and that is when the carpenter actually takes a nickel and uses it to determine the spaces between each board. The other coins (penny gap, quarter gap, dime gap)are used as well and vary in distance which allows you to create a look with or without spacing.

The next option is T&G. With tongue and groove planks, each piece has a side where there is a groove cut along the length of the board and a side where a tongue runs the length of the board.

This makes the gaps look uniform, they call them v-grooves. And they are preset by the boards. This product can be made out of different materials depending on whether you are going to paint it or not. If you paint it, a simple and inexpensive type would be MDF or pine. If you are going to wash or leave natural a beautiful poplar could be used to show great grain movement and such!

The last option is beadboard. This is sold in sheets of MDF or plywood and is a much easier installation as it covers much more sq ft per sheet. 

Some pictures are below of projects with each type of wood feature.

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This kitchen and dining room both have shiplap planks. This compares the natural raw wood and the painted planks. On the ceiling is t&G boards. You can tell by the smaller plank and the v groove spacing. 

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This bedroom is from a home we built custom for a client in Palmetto Bluff. She loves the look for raw wood and wanted it all over!

Why Metal Roofs

Here at Shoreline we believe in providing the best options for our family of clients. 

One of those features we love is the metal roof! Why you ask? Is it beautiful…. YES! But even more important than that, they are timeless, self sustaining, provide extreme longevity and so much more. 

The metal roof is much more than galvanized steel of generations past that rusts, although some of us think that is gorgeous! They now come in an almost unlimited selection of colors and materials to match the unique personality of your home. 

There is a website https://www.metalroofing.com that does a great job in explaning all the options and features. 

Did you know you have more options than vertical standing seam?

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There are now options that look like tile:

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Or shakes:

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Or even your standard shingle look:

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Have I mentioned the huge energy cost savings and efficiency? The metal surface actually reflects the sun and can save 25% on energy costs compared to the standard shingle! Over time that will take care of the initial investment difference. 

Metal roofs are also made out of recycled materials typically and also can be reused after removal or demolition of the dwelling from which they came. 

This allows them to be officially labeled as a “green” building material which is super important to some of our clients. 

See below our Southern Living Dream house in which we used metal roofing. Isn’t she a beauty?!