To side or not to side

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Before the weather gets warm again and we're back to outside projects, I want to hit the ground running! We got the front and sides mostly done before winter but the back is still very sad. Look at the photos below and let me know what you think: to side or not to side???
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q to side or not to side, curb appeal, home improvement, Here s the sad sad back of our house
Here's the sad, sad back of our house.
q to side or not to side, curb appeal, home improvement, A peek at the front which features the two different siding styles of the house
A peek at the front which features the two different siding styles of the house.
q to side or not to side, curb appeal, home improvement, A view from the deck so do we paint the back like this all the trim is already in place or remove the trim and put up lap siding before painting
A view from the deck--so do we paint the back like this (all the trim is already in place) or remove the trim and put up lap siding before painting???
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  • Luis Luis on Jan 16, 2015
    I like the back like the photo above with the trim is very nice
  • Tammy Perry Tammy Perry on Jan 16, 2015
    finish what you started it looks great!!
  • Melissa Gutilla Melissa Gutilla on Jan 16, 2015
    I like both ideas. The front looks great. I kinda think the siding is a better idea just because you will have to paint it every so many years. Siding you put it up and are done.
  • Ale805628 Ale805628 on Jan 17, 2015
    I think I like the siding, the past with all the vertical trim is very nice for a statement on your porch, but it would be a lot for the back of the house. Otherwise, nice job!!
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    • Bonnie Bonnie on Feb 03, 2015
      @Rachael Why not try it "the lazy way" and see how it looks, and if you don't like it you can always finish up with the siding... ;)
  • Rita H Rita H on Jan 17, 2015
    Insurance is more on a building that is sided vs. brick.
    • Rachael Rachael on Jan 20, 2015
      @Rita H Fortunately, this project won't be affecting our insurance. It would be neat though if we had enough limestone to do the whole house! Maybe the next one. ;)
  • Sue McGee Sue McGee on Jan 17, 2015
    If it were me I would put up the siding because I like the look of it with the stone. I think painting the existing exterior the same as your deck would be too stark looking against the rock and would overwhelm it. The texture of the siding softens the look of the walls so that the beautiful rock stands out more.
  • Bernice H Bernice H on Jan 17, 2015
    I am sure there is a program by which you could show both ideas, then take your pick..?
  • Rocky26 Rocky26 on Jan 17, 2015
    Side it. Looks terrible as is, while the rest of the house looks nice. Finishing the siding also will add resale value if you ever decide to sell.
  • Candy Bartram Candy Bartram on Jan 17, 2015
    The front looks great. I think the back should match. Great job!
  • MikkiGirl MikkiGirl on Jan 17, 2015
    I agree with Candy - I say paint the back to match the front of the house.
  • DeMarie I DeMarie I on Jan 18, 2015
    Whichever you choose, just be consistent. If you're on a budget, then I would paint the back to match the front. In the long run, siding such as cement board or that has a diamond coating doesn't have to be painted or at least it won't have to be painted as often as the board and baton you have on there now. Good luck.