Across North America, contemporary single family homes, condos, apartments and school dorms are surging in popularity. When it comes to architectural design, the long-term trend is clear: contemporary buildings clad with fiber cement panels and aluminum trims a.k.a. “panels and channels” have embedded themselves into the imaginations and desires of today’s architects, renters and homeowners.

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panels and channels featuring EasyTrim Reveals clear anodized panel trims

What is a contemporary home? A contemporary home is as individual as a fingerprint. Unlike mass produced, cookie cutter homes that lack unique character, a contemporary home is supposed to stand out and above the crowd. A contemporary home presents a noteworthy, attention grabbing façade. Today’s contemporary homes often have flat or dramatically angled roofs. Asymmetrical design is common along with simple, geometric shapes. Cladding materials typically include some combination of stone, brick, wood, stucco and now fiber cement and aluminum trims. Panels and channels are the least expensive cladding choice for creating the distinct, geometric shapes and architectural lines that will make a home the “curb appeal champion” in any neighborhood.

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panels and channels featuring EasyTrim Reveals clear anodized panel trims

Increasingly, architects and the general public want to see buildings large and small that cause people to just stop and say, “Wow, that’s incredible architecture!” When building a single family home or condo with a sensitive budget, a panel and channel façade offers the opportunity to create that unique living space that will become the extension of your unique self. Self-expression via your unique modern home is a trend that has become mainstream.

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panels and channels featuring EasyTrim Reveals clear anodized panel trims

Modern architecture is expressed through simplicity, clean lines and the elimination of unnecessary details. Panels and channels are modern, affordable and durable building products that provide an infinite palette of design options and choices. Panels and channels are particularly appealing because of their low-cost, ready availability and extremely low maintenance. Both products are domestically produced and locally stocked.

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panels and channels featuring EasyTrim Reveals clear anodized and color match panel trims

Fiber cement architectural panels can be as large as 4’x10’ and cut as small as 1’x1’. Rectangular panels can be oriented on the wall long or short side down. Panels can be evenly stacked upon each other or offset to mimic a “subway tile” pattern. Panels can be rectangular, square or other geometric shapes. They can be smooth, woodgrain or stucco textured. The fiber cement can be painted or stained to look like real wood. The possibilities are truly endless with the only limitations being your personality and imagination.

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panels and channels featuring EasyTrim Reveals clear anodized panel trims

Aluminum reveal trims are an equally important element. When combined with fiber cement architectural panels they produce the simple, straight architectural lines that create balance and harmony. Aluminum trims share both form and function. They possess small ½” tabs that help hold the fiber cement to the wall. Those tabs are also decorative and provide the straight lines that frame the fiber cement panel and project additional visual interest. Unique to exterior aluminum trims are the inclusion of reveals. Reveals are voids or the absence of space that create shadow. The physical nature of reveal trims delivers two distinct aesthetic characteristics: physical architectural lines and parallel shadow lines.

panels and channels single family home with EasyTrim Reveals clear anodized panel trims
panels and channels featuring EasyTrim Reveals clear anodized panel trims

Together panels and channels produce clean, simple architectural facades capable of bold, elegant or subtle expression. However you choose to express yourself with your panels and channels modern exterior, you can create a unique, artistic design that blends art, architecture and your individual personality.