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– The predominate materials to be used for exterior walls at Suncadia are to be wood and stone.  Wood is to be finished to take advantage of its natural grain.  Wood and stone colors and patterns must complement the surrounding natural environment.


  • Homes at Suncadia must use a minimum of two exterior wall materials but no more than three unless the entire home is covered with stone.
  • Material changes must occur at logical transition points.  Vertical transitions must occur at inside corners and horizontal transitions must occur at appropriate heights with dividing ledge stone or trim materials.

Requirements by Material Type:

Wood Siding Materials

  • Wood must be the predominate material unless the entire home is covered with stone.
  • Wood is to be stained to let the natural grains show through but should be dark enough to recede into the surrounding forest landscape.   Refer to Section 3.17 – Paint and opaque stains are strongly discouraged and should be limited to 30% of the exterior, including trim.

Approved Wood Types
– Board and Batten
– Lap: straight or wavy-edged
– Tongue and Groove or Beveled Edge
– Board on Board
– Shingles or Shakes
– Recycles Barn Wood
– Log Plank with chinking

Log Siding
Log homes are discouraged in Suncadia and are subject to special review by the DRC.

Logs must appear to be hand-hewn or rough sawn, but not machine milled.  They must also appear to be whole logs.  In particular, the corner details will be subject to scrutiny by the DRC to ensure that the details make the log siding appear to be authentic. Logs must extend past corners to reveal a full log section and may not be covered with trim. ” D” log profiles are prohibited.

Up to 2″ difference in diameter from one end to another of a log 20 feet in length is acceptable. Adjoining logs must be of similar size in diameter.

Window openings in log homes must be designed to be commensurate in scale with the structural capacities of logs. Large openings are possible when they include such structural elements as a frame or vertical logs on each side of the window with an apparently scaled horizontal log installed at the top.  Narrow stacks ( less than 18 inches) of the horizontal logs between windows are prohibited.


  • Stone walls are to be constructed of rough or cut native or natural-looking faux stone and are to appear structural and not veneered.  The DRC will closely review stone materials ( both native stone and faux stone) to make sure that they appear as authentic as possible and are appropriately installed.  Mosaic patterns are not consistent with the design objectives at Suncadia.  Refer to Section 3.11 – “Structural Expressions” for specifics on the stone lay.

Stone is subject to the following requirements:
– The faux stone must have the appearance of real stone
– The stone must appear to be sourced from within the region and work within the overall color palette.
– River rock is prohibited.
– The stone must appear to start below grade and be designed to appear structural and not a veneer.
– Limited use of masonry between stones is required unless an exception is specifically approved by the DRC.
Generally, a dry stack appearance is preferred.
– Openings for windows must include sufficiently sized sills and lintels to appear structural.
As an alternative, arched openings are permissible provided that the stonework is applied to appear structurally

In general, cladding whole masses is preferred over wainscoting.  When used, stone wainscoting must be either discontinuous or varied in height. Windows must be either set into the stone or set onto a ledge. Stone or faux wainscoting must have a ledge stone.

Stucco is to be used sparingly at Suncadia and only as an accent material. Its use limited to no more than 20% of the total exterior.  As with other materials, it must have the appearance of traditional ( or 3 coat) stucco and not EIFS nor other stucco veneer products.

Other Materials
Owners may propose the use of other materials for consideration by the DRC.  Photographs of actual installations, photos of installations performed by Owners contractor, construction details and actual samples may be required to assist the DRC in its review.