Parker & Trimpe: Exterior Rebuild

Washington State | 2017

Parker & Trimpe

Owner’s problem: Colin Parker and Katie Trimpe contacted us after their recent purchase of a 1970s-era contemporary-styled home. The young couple had received a great deal on the house but knew it needed some upgrades, not least of which was the exterior envelope and street appeal. The siding, windows, trim and doors were visibly deteriorated and hinting toward significant water intrusion.

Our solution: As is the case with most projects, budget was a factor as well, so we decided to focus on the areas visible from the street for the higher-priced materials and keep with more budget-conscious materials and design in the other areas. We still used the mix of panels and wood siding they had hoped for in strategic locations. The “wood” used is actually an epoxy resin plank system from Trespa that requires no maintenance, but has the same look and warmth of cedar siding. This material was used on the soffit of the new sunroom roof as well as the interior ceiling—both of which are visible together because of the floor-to-ceiling windows in the room. For the panels, we used James Hardie fiber cement panels with Tamlyn extruded aluminum trims at the panel joints. The less visible and more budget-conscious sections of the house were treated with James Hardie plank siding and cedar belly bands to break up the large wall areas. Panels, plank siding and trim were site-painted. The fiber cement products used hold paint very well and will require minimal maintenance to keep looking like new.

Two of the new exterior doors were stained to match the faux wood we used for the siding and soffits. We had planned to use vinyl windows because of their superior energy efficiency and price point. We had planned to use vinyl windows because of their superior energy efficiency and price point. Not too long ago, vinyl windows came in white only and would not have been ideal in our case given the materials and color palette we designed. Fortunately, more colors have become available in the vinyl window market, and we were able to select a dark bronze color that complemented the siding design. We used a matching prefinished sheet metal for all our flashings and corner metals, which tied everything in nicely.

Aside from the visual design of the exterior, we took great care in designing for performance using the latest water and air barrier products and techniques to improve the home’s energy performance. We used VaproShield Wrapshield for the water-resistant barrier, which is also an air barrier. The window and door openings were fully flashed, with continuous membrane on the inside of the units for interior air sealing. All sidings were installed as rain screens, which we consider to be a best practice in our climate. The rain screen also allowed us to clean up the exterior low-voltage wiring. We upgraded the wiring and ran it behind the cladding. We were also able to provide additional data/TV ports inside without having to remove drywall and cause major interior disruptions. The result is a house with an energy-efficient exterior envelope that looks stunning and will require very little maintenance going forward.

“We had the pleasure of using Synapse Construction for all new siding, and replacing windows and sliding glass doors. They sincerely care about their work and doing the best job possible, every time. They are an incredible group of true professionals that take pride in their craft, and I couldn't be happier with the results.”

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