Siding is the skin of your house
Dark/Light, Rough/Smooth, Speckled/Clear, UV damage/Protectant.
Just like our skin it's the essence of our character and the foundation for the whole aesthetics of your home. There are so many choices and looks but the basic function is the same, to keep water from getting inside your house. Siding can do other things too, some insulate, some protect against fire, others are sometimes structural!
Let's talk about my siding choices and how I made them. I think in bullet points so in no particular order here are things that come to mind:
- I got my siding from an overage type lumber yard. My siding was left over extra from a large build. The bundle I bought had enough siding for three tiny houses (actually probable more like 5-6 now that we're almost done) so we split it between two of our other friends also building at the same time. Meg & Dan Stephens and Sara and Joseph over at http://seedswithwings.com/
- We went with tongue and groove, I think it was just the first nice bundle we found but I'm glad we did. I like the extra structure the siding has over lap siding where the bottom really isn't held down as well.
- Tongue and groove also has a smoother overall look as there isn't the stepped lap of boards over each other and in a small way my compulsive side likes that smoothness.
- All three couples made different choices to finish the wood which I love. Meg painted her's, Sara and Joseph are staining their's, and we burned ours.
Let's get to the fun video of my first pieces of siding going up.