We fell in love with the siding on this house in the book Outside the Not So Big House. We were originally intending to do cedar siding but found that this gave us the best of both worlds: fiber cement (for easy upkeep), wood trim and accents, as well as a more timeless style.
Why we like it
Texture of the siding and the curves (curving out and the triple layer on the top).
The dark, rich wood that gives it dimension.
Stone anchoring the walls — which we were planning to use anyway on the ICFs.
Simple trim around the windows.
Curved porch posts.
Light stone porch floor.
I see a colored gravel in the yard at our house.
And the driveway... we wanted to do flagstone on the approaches (which have pex in them to melt the ice) and maybe as an edging with stained concrete in the middle.
From all the practice colors, we selected Rosemary, SW6187.
We intended to cover the ICFs with cultured stone. In trying to match the siding example, we selected Boulder Creek's Prairie Bluff in Newbury. However, it turns out that real thin stone is less expensive. Right now we plan to do a mixture from Higgins Stone like the one below. (Tracy said he likes it with a little less gray.)
Note: parging over ICFs is installed, however the metal lathe is not installed and have not verified the bearing load of the parging/ICFs for this stone.