Updated: 6 days ago

Starting to finally look like a house! Big transformation over the past 2 weeks with siding going up. We went with the Artisan Collection of James Hardie Lap Siding and Trim. These boards are about 3x the thickness of regular hardie-board siding. It does come with about 3x the price tag as well, however you get what you pay for. Artisan is much more durable and the heavier weight gives you cleaner lines. Rippling can be an eyesore issue with the thinner boards. In keeping with the history of the street, we opted for straight-edge HardieShingle in the gables. Always looking for ways to keep the spirit of the classic 30's craftsman alive.

Why choose hardie you may ask? James Hardie products are made of noncombustible fiber cement. In contrast to wood, hardie is specifically engineered to stand up to the elements of nature. It does not expand and contrast with the temperature and is resistant to moisture issues such as mold and rot. Also, over time wood is a classic victim to cracking and paint peel which can leave your house looking like a bad case of sunburn. You'll not only keep your home dressed to impress, but also give yourself an added safety bonus (some insurance companies even offer a discount for this). If you're looking for heavy duty material that will look great and last, highly recommend.

In the below photos it will appear that we have a yellow house! We opted for the primed boards instead of finished/ painted material. This way once the siding crew is complete, the painter can come back through and caulk/sand. Then when he paints, all the nail holes will simply disappear. Yes, you can go with finished boards and caulk comes in colors, however the nail holes never really vanish the same way. #ProTip

Siding crew starts next week [pause for celebration!!], however we noticed the corners weren’t wrapped properly. It’s important to make sure when Tyveking the house that your inside corners are tight to allow for your siding to have a proper fit. In this case we needed to score all of the inner seams and then cut fresh strips to measure. Fold your strips in half creating a tight crease. Then position center fold in wall crease and use a slap stapler to fix strip in place from top to bottom. Tyvek is important because it helps keep your home waterproofed. You can find the material at your local Lowe’s.

After we installed the windows, the next step we opted for, before the siding crew starts, is to trim out our own windows. Typically you can have your siding crew use hardie board trim, however couple things to note. Hardie board trim comes primed. When they manufacture the boards there is typically excess paint and run-off. This detail makes it not look smooth when it is painted. In contrast, if you use wood you are able to achieve a much cleaner look that will give a better end visual (most of the time). Also, hardie trim is expensive. By doing our own wood trim, we can get a cleaner end result and save about $6k. I'd call that a win/win.

Since we are building a craftsman inspired home, wood details are important. Opting for a more decorative window trim instead of a basic picture frame. This will give the home some elevation and be the perfect accent to her new windows.

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