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Metal panels emphasize house's vertical design

Photo: Glen Ciliax Photography, Brighton, Mich.

Copper accents accentuate verticality and the entry door

Wood siding on a private residence in Brighton, Mich., damaged by woodpecker holes and rotting was replaced with galvanized steel siding and trim with a zinc finish between 2013 and 2014. Dangerous Architects PC, Chelsea, Mich., was the architecture firm for the project. Scott McElrath, president of Dangerous Architects, says the remodeling project included 300 existing square feet and added 1,900 square feet. "We tried to emphasize the verticality of the house by orienting the new siding vertical, and by extending the Copper Penny accent color from top to bottom of the walls that it was installed on," he says. "We also used the accent color on the front of the house to denote the entry door."

Detail Roofing and Construction, Ypsilanti, Mich., was the general contractor, and Benson Sheet Metal, Burton, Mich., was the fabricator. The project includes 2,000 square feet of Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based Petersen Aluminum Corp.'s 24-gauge corrugated galvanized steel with a Galvalume finish for the primary siding; 200 square feet of 24-gauge corrugated galvanized steel with a Copper Penny finish for accent siding; and 500 feet of 24-gauge galvanized steel corner boards and trim with a zinc finish. A screen room and deck was built on the rear of the house and a Lexan-covered walk provides cover to better identify the main entry, McElrath says. "Word has it the local woodpeckers now hate this house," he adds.

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