Alright everyone remembers the siding inspiration I had been drooling over? You know over a hundred pictures saved in my phone that were all telling the same story white farmhouse, board & batten style then the day came I got the phone call ... thanks to my father in law once again he happens to be at Harvey's building supply making an order of his own and asked about this mythical siding I kept talking about and guess what just so happens the universe is my best friend - a company had used this siding on a recent job and ordered too much and they had some there in the warehouse leftover for purchase. Want to know something even better than that? I was able to go up and check it out in person and it was everything I had ever dreamed of. It was fate.
Big smiles today because you guessed it ....it's siding installation day!
Why is siding choice to important ? The right siding can dramatically boost your exterior appearance. Whether you're renovating or building new, you'll want to choose the house siding option that best suits your home's style and meets your needs for maintenance and durability. Here are the points we went over when choosing the siding for our main house & addition :
Let's say thank goodness for Youtube. I watched videos over and over and when I would find good ones I would show Tucker and we would watch together. After all the talking and planning we realized the only way to figure it out was to just do it. That's when we realized all the J-channel (pieces of plastic that are formed to the shape of a J & required to hold the siding to the building ) were the wrong sizes. After a couple of weeks of returning and re-ordering, we were finally ready to go. Our next issue was because we were dealing with the vertical batting we were trying to space them properly so that when you're looking at the face of each area the batting would be spaced evenly. Easier said than done. you would think each piece of siding is 12" so you would calculate the total length of the wall and divide by 12 ...not so fast. Because the batting is a different thickness than between them when it falls on the one you need to use 1 1/2 " but if it falls on inside of a batten it requires 3/4" plus the 1 1/2" ...have I lost you yet? yeah, same. So when we initially measured we forgot to factor in the j-channel width. When we re-did everything I stood back and realized what would matter more to me is where it landed on the windows to keep a consistent look. Back to square one. The easiest way to do this was to cut the boards to length and use the cutoffs. We attached them all and stood them up and simply moved them until they all lined up on the windows the same. I wouldn't recommend this way but it worked for us. Another side the one with the two garage doors for instance we just started with a full panel. Cutting the J-channel for around the windows was another tedious task. You can find the video that we used here : https://youtu.be/geQVbvuiNw0
We started with the windows at the back of the house for practice but after two windows my husband got into a rhythm
I tried multiple times but found out if my measurements or cuts were not 100% it would not connect correctly or lay against the building right while installing so I left that to my husband. When installing the J we found the best way to start was bottom first, sides, and top last even for the windows. It tucked closely to our trim we had previously installed. I'm not saying we enjoyed any of this but it wasn't as hard as we initially thought and we learned something new. I think our biggest hurdle was ourselves. Getting out of our heads worrying about how and just starting somewhere . Every wall was a huge accomplishment at the end of the day I stood back and took a picture and fell more and more in love with the choice we made.
Below is the rear view of the entire house & new addition, you can see where we cut back our existing Hardieplank lap siding(https://www.jameshardie.com/) which is a cement product and blended the new Vinyl. Lucky for us the color matches up but I did realize that my trim color needed to be changed and matched to the siding. The color I chose years back was more of a creamy white(Benjamin Moore-Dove White) as opposed to a crisp white. Here are pictures of when we first bought it
We chose shingles for any walls that were East-West and Hardieboard in Arctic White for any wall North-South. Since we had just purchased the large bay window you see on the left-hand side of the house we wanted to reuse it. I loved the idea of having it in the living room so that we could see out to our backyard. So we removed the smaller one and used it in the garage because they were the same size and replaced it with the bay window
The window ended up being the max size we could fit there. We didn't want the interior door to open into the window and on the right, we had a post for framing that there was no way we could move.
Even though we had to move wires and carry the heaviest window in existence it was all worth it . I enjoy walking into the living room and watching nature in the backyard. With the window in, we were able to finish up all the J-channel and start on the siding. It took us a total time of two weeks to complete the entire lower half of the garage front and back. We decided to wait for the upper area until we build the new deck for the rental. So 4 full days(weekends only) and the rest a couple of hours after work each night. I have to say I did kind of feel useless in the process, I mainly carried boards and helped install. I also helped the J-channel install that ran along the waterboard, but anything that required a cut I was no help at all.
Next up on the home front is finishing up the sidewall (shingles ) and we're beginning a huge excavation project. We will be cutting in a driveway to the new garage, removing the existing island that is located in the middle of the driveway when you first pulled in and lowering the entire grade of the front of the property.This is going to make an enormous difference to our property. Once that's finished up we will start on decks back and front. It will make the world of difference to have easier access to the rental both for us and sub-contractors.
HI, I'm Meagan -aka Meg, I'm here to share what it's like Living, Working & renovating life on Cape Cod . We're making our house a home one renovation at a time. Home wasn’t built in a day, but the journey is half the fun.