My house faces due south. The gambrel roof shades the front porch, so only a small bit of the addition gets the full force of the sunlight. The gable ends of the house, especially the two-story west- and east-facing facades, bear the brunt of the weather.
Think of your skin outside, all day every day, without frequent applications of sunblock or moisturizing cream, and you begin to get an idea of how our house feels. Every five, or six, or eight years or so, the house needs a facial.
The house is made of pine logs, so it's fitting that we stain it the color of pine cones. Actually, the color is called Woodtone Cedar, but as you can see, it's definitely pine cone brown.
Bob, our contractor, power washed the entire house, and then painted each log, nook by cranny, with a brush.
Now the house has a bit of a sheen, just like your cheeks do after a facial scrub.