The building done this weekend has been extremely satisfying! Three walls almost completely covered in cedar lap siding, in below freezing temperatures. As I write this I am under a blanket wearing two sweaters, flannel pants and a scarf. After building last night it was the same get up plus a toque. Clover is also cuddled up and snoring next to me and I appreciate the extra warmth.
Saturday morning started with a few small jobs before putting up the siding. We put more blueskin along the bottom edge of the exterior walls to close up the seam between the subfloor and the sheathing. The blueskin was wrapped up about 3″ up the wall. We secured it with roofing nails along the vertical side of the wall and with strips of pressure treated wood, screwing the wood into place along the bottom edge of the wall. This blueskin is in place to help keep water coming up from the road or ground and getting to the sheathing. Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures of that step. I thought about it, but my hands were pretty cold and the camera is metal…
We also shaved off the extra foam from around the windows on the main floor. Once the bottom edge of the walls was sealed, the trim went in place. Unfortunately, I miscalculated on the amount of trim I ordered, so we were able to trim all of the main floor windows and the door with the exception of the top trim on 2 windows.
Then came siding. A truly satisfying step. There is a lumber yard about a 35 minute drive from my build site that a friend let me know about and I ordered my ridge beam, flooring, exterior and interior siding from them a couple of months ago, before I updated the plans I am using to build, and I didn’t order enough of a couple of things. That order was delivered last month and it is great to get it up on the walls. They helped me get a good price and part of why my price was so good is because I got B grade siding. B grade meaning that there are knots and knot holes in the siding. The knot holes will be filled with foam, and the foam will blend in when the siding is painted. Some of the bottom edges have “faults” in them and I have to say, I am really enjoying the imperfections.
The first two rows of siding on the long walls of the house were slow, having to cut the siding to fit around the wheel wells, but after that it went pretty quickly. As it is lap siding and not tongue & groove, Stefan suggested that we nail the top and the bottom of the siding in so that there is less chance of siding getting loose when the house is on the road. You can see the nails along the bottom of the siding, once again, I don’t mind seeing those nails. They will also be a little less visible when the house is painted, which won’t happen until spring. I am painting the house with semi-transparent exterior paint in what is called atlantic blue. The trim will be white.