Friday, February 28, 2014

The Outside Job

Updated Photo July 2014 (4 months after new siding/painting)

Updated Photo July 2014
Well big things have been happening outside our ole homestead lately.  One of the things we wanted to change when we first bought our house, four years ago, was the dark cedar siding on the back.  Our house has a brick exterior everywhere except a section on the back above our deck.  The cedar siding was original to the house and had been neglected for quite some time.  Several boards were cracking, and the overall look was just not appealing.  We debated whether or not to try painting the existing cedar siding or just replace it all.

Siding (Before)
In the end replacement won out.  The cost to paint was pretty high. There were cracks in so many of the boards we didn't want to paint and then be forced to replace in just a few years due to damage.  Thus began the "Inside" "Outside" job.

This project was more than we wanted to take on ourselves, so we hired the services of local contractor, "TEKA". Since our decking was installed after the siding, the perimeter boards had to be ripped up.  This allowed room for the new flashing and siding to be properly installed.  A new "Tyvek" house wrap was installed and then up went our new trim boards and cement board siding.


New House Wrap

New "Certainteed" Siding

All of our crazy winter weather caused for several delays, but we finally got a break of warm weather last week which allowed the painter to finish up.  With no further ado, here are the before and after shots.



After (our dog, Cody, photo bombed this shot)
We are so happy to have this project finished.  Hopefully we won't have to worry about maintenance for several years to come.  I am looking forward to dressing up the outside this summer with flowers and possibly some new deck furniture.

FYI (our paint colors)

Siding: Sherwin Williams, Resort Tan 7550
Trim: Sherwin Williams, Chop Sticks  7575

Wishing everyone a great weekend!


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