residential
residential

La Jolla in San Diego, CA

In the seaside community of La Jolla, located in San Diego, Ben Ryan, president and general contractor, Tourmaline Properties, and Jeff Dickinson, siding contractor, JL Dickinson General Contractor Inc., Encinitas, California, were confronted with this problem while working on a newly built residential property. Ryan and Dickinson believed this $4.7 million home would look outstanding with a cedar-wood exterior siding, but knew natural wood wouldn’t hold up well long term. Their challenge was to mimic the aesthetic of real cedar shingles – hugely popular throughout Southern California – but find a material that could resist damage from constant sun exposure and warping from morning dew.

With a specialization in exteriors, Dickinson already had a solution in mind for the home. He previously worked with a variety of Nichiha products and was familiar with the Sierra Premium Shake line. Together, Dickinson and Ryan chose Sierra Premium Shake in the Terra finish for the entire exterior of the 4,825-square-foot home, along with its covered patio and two levels of decks.

“When I’m choosing products for a new project, I rely on durability, warranty and a level of trust with the manufacturer,” said Dickinson. “I need to know that I can install the manufacturer’s product per their recommendation, so my client and I receive a warranty.”

The homes on Marisma Way were designed in a variety of styles that embodied the atmosphere of the La Jolla community. Although this property needed to fit the local design aesthetic, Ryan wanted to find something closer to a wood finish that would give it a unique feel all its own.

“We were very concerned about working with real cedar wood,” said Ryan. “It’s beautiful and fits well with the local styles, but deteriorates over time. Nothing matched our standard for low maintenance until Jeff brought Nichiha to our attention.”

Tourmaline Properties has been a paragon of San Diego’s design and construction industry in addition to a local leader for home building in coastal communities. The company has been recognized with the 2015 and 2016 Icon Awards for custom home design and was a finalist for the National Association of Home Builders’ 2017 award for best design of a custom home. They oversee all aspects of a project through design, construction and finishing, and have maintained an excellent roster of experienced professionals on their team.

“San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest in California,” said Ryan. “Families here desire variety, and we do a lot of different styles. Sometimes it’s a straightforward California Cape Cod design, but we’re used to working with Spanish and Craftsman influences as well.”

Dickinson added how Nichiha’s product helped meet the design goals of the home. “Terra was chosen specifically for its resemblance to real wood. What’s more, this home has WindsorONE trim in white paint that really accentuated the Terra siding and helped it stand out.”

In the end, how do predictions look for the long-term survival of this new home?

“Everything we used on the exterior is the best quality and the most weather-resistant,” said Dickinson. “Not only is the Nichiha material going to last – everything will.”

Contractor

Tourmaline Properties

Installer

JL Dickinson

Location

San Diego, CA

Product

Nichiha Sierra Premium Shake

Completed

Summer 2016


Results

With the Terra finish, the homes on Marisma Way not only reflect the Southern California aesthetic but also stand out with their Cedar-like façade. In addition to their appearance, these homes are more durable and reliable, offering the new homeowners a home that will last many years without wear and tear.

Solution

Tourmaline Properties brought on a local siding contractor, JL Dickinson General Contractor, who was familiar with Nichiha products – and it was a decision that paid off quickly. Together, these two companies selected Sierra Premium Shake in the Terra finish for the homes.

Challenge

San Diego-based developer Tourmaline Properties needed to find an aesthetically pleasing wood-siding product that could allow the newly built homes on Marisma Way to blend in but also stand up to the fluctuating California weather.
“We were very concerned about working with real cedar wood,” said Ryan. “It’s beautiful and fits well with the local styles, but deteriorates over time. Nothing matched our standard for low maintenance until Jeff brought Nichiha to our attention.”– Ben Ryan, President & General Contractor of Tourmaline Properties

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