Open sesame: Clopay's wood garage doors (design No. 4) richly complement the carriage house design. Each 9-by-8-foot, smooth-paneled cedar door features rectangular windows. Part of the Reserve Collection, the doors come in six designs in a variety of wood, panel, and window combinations. Options include cedar, redwood, and hemlock, with a choice of rectangular, square, or arched windows.
Smooth move: James Hardie Building Products' Hardiplank lap siding, used in a 6-inch-wide smooth finish, contributes to the home's traditional façade. It was combined with inch-thick Harditrim boards from the same maker. Hardiplank, which is made from fiber-cement, looks like wood, yet it is much more durable. It's available in several styles and can be painted any color.
Cultural matters: Cultured Stone, hardly distinguishable from the real thing, gives the home a look of substance. Subtle, almost naturally occurring hues--gray, green, brown, putty, and orange--make the Owens Corning product look as though it was dug up on the jobsite. Cultured Stone, now available in 18 textures, comes with a 30-year limited warranty.
It's a lock: The entry door is secured with a lockset from Kwikset's Society Brass Collection. This particular set, done in a satin nickel finish, as is most of the door hardware in the home, is as solid as the home it protects. It includes concealed fasteners, dual torque springs to eliminate wobble, and a solid metal mechanism for smooth operation. A lifetime warranty covers the mechanism and the company's patented finish.
Window of opportunity: Savings from efficient building techniques were used to spec premium wood casement windows from Windsor Windows' Pinnacle Series. Clad with extruded aluminum, the windows create an old-fashioned look but provide modern benefits. Low-E glass protects the home from harmful ultraviolet rays while reducing heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. A new Cardinal glass coating lessens the adherence of dirt to the exterior glass.