The Julie Pogue Properties Louisville KY Real Estate Blog

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

To all my dear family, friends, loyal clients and co-workers:   a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday wishes!  

Now is the time to set aside all of those 'to do' lists and just be in the moment of the holiday with your loved ones.  We all have much to be thankful for.  

I, for one, am thankful for your love and loyalty throughout the year. Have a most glorious day and know how much I appreciate having you in my life--each and every one of you!  

Have a great week everyone!


What's On the Outside Counts-Cedar Shingle Siding (part 4 of 8)

Cedar Shingle Siding

What's on the outside Counts!

 (part 4 of 8)

Cedar shingle siding homes, also called 'shakes,' are usually found in the New England area among Cape Cod homes.  The cedar shingles can be stained in a variety of earth-tone colors.  This is a very distinct style that evokes thoughts of shore life on either of our Northern coastlines--just like the homes of old time sea captains!

There are a few fine examples in the Louisville area and are certainly eye-catching because they are so unique.

Pros:  Can last up to 30 years; doesn't buckle or curl

Cons:  Often viewed as high maintenance since shingles need treatment about every five years to prevent rot or mildew; not the best choice for regions where fires are more common.

Happy Holidays to everyone and have a great week!


Brick: It's What on the Outside that Counts (Part 3 of 8)

Christmas decorated brick two story home

 Brick:  It's What's On The Outside That Counts (Part 3 of 8)

Brick has been a mainstay for centuries and tends to be a favorite among many Louisville home owners.  The brick is usually laid outside of a wooden frame of a house.  Brick can last a lifetime, very rarely requiring any patching or repairs and will continue looking the same as it ages for years to come.

brick cottage with green trim



Pros:  Tough, durable, and low-maintenance; doesn't rot or fade.  Is good for keeping a home warm in the winter and cooler in the summer.  Is sturdier during extremeweather than most home exteriors because of its weight and rigid form.  Usually increases the value of a home.



Cons:  Expensive due to the high cost of materials and installation.  Is prone to damage in earthquake/erosion areas because is is such an inflexible material.Brick row houses

Brick row houses are attractive.




A painted ranch can be many colors and blend nicely with the environment.

brick ranch home


What's On The Outside Counts (part 2 of 8)


What's On The Outside Counts (Part 2 of 8)
Cement Fiber Siding

A beautiful looking house consists of not just a close knit family beut a tastefully decorated interior and an inviting exterior.  
Last week we talked about stone exteriors.  This week I want to talk a little about cement fiber siding.
One of the latest developments in residential siding is cement fiber.  It comes in a variety of finishes and can be made to resemble wood or stucco.  It's made of sand, cement and cellulose fibers.  Cement fiber siding is known as a 'green' material and can be made from recyclable items.
Pros:  More durable than wood or stucco; low maintenance, fire-proof, and water-resistant.  Wont' rot or be prone to insect damage.
Cons:  Requires painting, but not for at least 10-15 years if done correctly!  It could also potentially hold moisture
if it isn't painted correctly so use a qualified contractor.  
Also, it is a very heavy material that needs significant structural support.
Hope this helps when you are considering home exteriors.
Have a great week everyone and try and stay warm and dry!