2013 DaVinci “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest Winner Shares His Story

Just one year ago Dennis and Pat Hodkinson, of Paris, Tenn., won the $5,000 cash grand prize in the first nationwide DaVinci Roofscapes “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest. Will you be this year’s winner?

The Hodkinsons were named the 2013 contest winner after receiving more public votes than four other finalists out of 757 online votes cast.

Dennis Hodkinson submitted his contest entry under the title of “Facelift Needed!” He explained how the 100+ year-old home’s black-and-white exterior made the house look like an “old maid” rather than one of the “grand old ladies” of the neighborhood.

“The historic charm of this home reached out to captivate the judges,” says Wendy Bruch, marketing manager for DaVinci Roofscapes. “The transformation suggestions from national color expert Kate Smith on this house included the addition of a Bellaforté Slate polymer roof from DaVinci in Slate Gray. Then, she recommended Decorum by Simonton vinyl replacement windows with Bronze exteriors and grids that are enhanced by the addition of Fypon louvered shutters with center rails painted in a deep Britannia Blue color.

“For the lower entry door, a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft Collection fiberglass door painted in a blue French Beret color was suggested. The door is flanked with both Granite privacy sidelites from Therma-Tru and with Fypon urethane fluted pilasters with plinth blocks. A crosshead over the door adds more ‘grandness’ to the main entryway. For the upper floor porch area, the same color was added to a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft Canvas Collection door with Granite privacy doorlight. This top porch area — and the lower porch — would also receive a Fypon Classic 12” Balustrade System. The main color on this house is Brandon Beige and the trim is painted Ballet White.”

Both Pat and Dennis Hodkinson expressed enthusiasm for the idea of adding balustrade systems to the home’s exterior. “We have a home inspection business, so we know quality products when we see them,” says Hodkinson. “The ideas presented in the artist rendering became our ‘wish list’ of what we’d like to do with our home in the future.”

For your chance win the $5,000 grand prize in this year’s contest, visit our Facebook page. And, for more details on finalists in last year’s contest, see Before & After Home Makeover: Russ Wade Of Hoover, AL “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest Finalist and Before & After Home Makeover: Marquis Cayce of Nashville, TN “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest Finalist.