Go to How Not to Build an Addition Index! The current page is about painting.


Painting a house serves two purposes. First, it forms a protective coating for your wood siding and your drywall. Second, it is meant to beautify your home. The second purpose is neither vital nor necessarily accomplished with a coat of paint.


With the pigments available today, a painter can create any color he is capable of imagining. A homeowner with a strong stomach can acquire tints to turn his or her house any hue from eggplant purple to mucus green.

Before indulging your taste, it might be wise to check with your homeowners association for possible covenants or restrictions to your first amendment right to free expression.

The homeowner associations may be more concerned about the color of your house than you are. Many have regulations minutely defining the color paint you may use and whether you must brush, roll or use finger paint. These associations were formed to protect the property values of the neighborhood as well as the sanity of innocent children.

Failure to follow association regulations can have severe repercussions. They may require a violator not only to repaint, but to pay the psychiatric counseling fees for anyone adversely affected by the pernicious sight of an ugly house.

Marketing studies recently confirmed what has long been known in the real estate industry: bland colors are better than vibrant colors for the resale value of a home. This may explain why every house on the block, except mine, is tan with light brown trim.

Next Page

Paint Selection
Painting Tools
Paint Preps
Laying It On

See below to order the book!

Introduction | Decision Making | Design | Permits | Buying Materials | Demolition | Digging | Masonry | Framing | Electricity | Plumbing | Inspections | Roofing | Sheathing / Siding | Soffits | Insurance | Insulation | Fat Fireman Rule | Drywall | Finish Carpentry | Tile | Painting | Carpet | Done

About the Author:
W.J. Rayment built an addition on his house, and in the course of the project learned from his many mistakes. This on-line compendium is his effort to help you learn from his experience. The advice and stories are often humorous, sometimes silly, but always informative. for yourself or as a gift for family or friends.

Contact Us | Privacy Statement