our new look {hardiboard siding installation}

house exterior January 2014I feel like celebrating this hardiboard siding installation accomplishment, but before I go giving myself a pat on the back I feel like a little background information is in order to explain how we got to our new look. Maybe it’s because this project actually started over Labor Day 2013, that would be almost 5 months ago for .

Granted, she is a far cry from finished, but remember the peach paint, faux brick facade, stubby windows and unfortunate brown color shutters that made us say “we need to own this house” back ?

That photo hurts my head.

We knew if we were going to make any significant impact on the overall curb appeal of our diamond in the rough the whole front look of her needed a facelift.

So we hired a small crew who worked over Labor Day weekend and got rid of that awkward 3-roof-line look and raised the roof on the front part of the house to line up with the gable we had over the rest of the house.

Here’s another shot of the roof raising in process. Here they are leveling the new ridge board, the length of that shows the length of the roof we raised, it’s just over 6 feet of new vaulted ceiling. That we still adore.

You can also see on the section on the right where they heightened the wall, they framed it in with 2 x 6s so it would stick out farther than the previous exterior wall so we could hang the siding over the old faux brick.

Oh faux brick, how we don’t miss you one iota.

Once we had the new exterior framed out to a flat surface, all the deets on that here, and all of the trim around the door and windows, all the deets on that and why we did that first here, we were finally ready to get our siding on.

Sometimes just getting started sometimes can be tricky. Our porch floor, like most, is not level, it slopes away from the front door and away from the house, which is typical to encourage any water away from the house. But what to do with that first row of siding? I didn’t want a gap between the siding and the porch, but I didn’t want it to look wonky either.

I did some serious research took a walk around town to see what the first row of our neighbor’s siding looked like. Armed with the knowledge of what the masses were doing, we hung the first row of siding flush with the porch floor. So, it wasn’t level but it created a smooth transition from the porch floor to the siding.

key west house exterior old roof

And actually behind the bottom of that first row we attached a small strip, about 1 1/2″ of the hardiboard siding to the wall so the bottom edge of that first row would tilt out like ever row to follow.

As for tools, we borrowed the nail gun from a friend, it’s a roofing gun with coil nails, we used 1 1/2 roofing nails. Check with your local building department to find out what code is for your area regarding installation specifications.

Here’s an affiliate link to the nail gun and the nails that we used.

Now we’ve got our first row in place and all of our tools accounted for, now to figure out how much of a reveal we wanted per board. That’s how much of each board shows per row. Our building code said we could pick any measurement between 4″ – 6″. And the winner is …

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