Dressing up the exterior with gable details

As you may know, I struggled to add character into the fairly plain exterior of my farmhouse.  I am surrounded by options and ideas all day long- and picking for yourself is the toughest challenge!  Here is a quick guide to some of the easiest ways to dress up a gable!

Cedar posts

beechwood front entry

For a more rustic entrance way we can add cedar posts to an exterior instead of vinyl or fiberglass product.

beechwood on mighty oak exterior

Gable Brackets

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Available to compliment any color scheme and seen here with board and batten siding:

5334 exterior of home at 6732 prescott dr in greenville

Or paired with a vinyl shake product:

MO exterior

Steel Accents


We recently did this Jon Huss home in Howard with steel accents over the bump outs and dormer.  While not technically a gable detail- it is a sharp way to add another texture to the exterior of your home, and it is an idea I used on my own home.

Craftsman Detail


This spoke-like framing in the gable over the front door is a popular way to incorporate a more Craftsman feel into your exterior.


It is not only for a front entrance and can also be added to other gables on the home:


And that’s just the short list!  As buyers continue to crave a more character home look with modern new construction amenities, we are continually challenged to spruce up the exteriors of all of our designs!

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