Installing Hardie Siding on Front of Brickhouse 319

In April 2016, John installed Hardie straight edge shingle siding on the back of the house and Hardie Plank lap siding on the east side of the house. He hired a local carpenter to help him. However, in all the time that passed since then, we didn’t finish the siding on the front.

Reason: Too many other projects on a very long list, budget, etc.

Four months ago when I stopped blogging, I said to John, “We have to get the siding finished on the front before it gets cold.” The Tyvek had been exposed since the addition had been built in September 2015 and had faded.

Tip: Tyvek is a Du Pont product that can only be exposed for 4 months/120 days.

John had remaining siding left from our initial Hardie order. He had it safely stored in the back yard wrapped in tarps (since it’s cement siding, it cannot get wet). We had enough straight edge shingles (4 ft length boards) to do about half the front of the Dutch face.

We purchased a roll of Tyvek at Home Depot, John took down the faded Tyvek, replaced it with new and I took these photos afterwards.

John was correct in the amount of siding we had left. He made it half way up the Dutch face between the two windows. Because I had stopped blogging I wasn’t taking step-by-step photos of the project. I will admit I was burned out and overwhelmed; I signed up for a weekly drawing class during my blogging hiatus which turned out to be a great way to relieve stress. I highly recommend it for any of you who like to draw or want to learn to draw.

When John ran out of straight edge siding, he measured the remaining front, and ordered an almost exact amount from Home Depot. It took two weeks for it to be delivered directly from Hardie’s headquarters in California.

In early November, he finished the siding. I took one or two photos when he was just about finished with it which I will publish soon. Siding the front coincided with a big project that was going on at the same time in front of the house…my next blog post will cover it.

A tip about purchasing Hardie Siding: We saved well over a thousand dollars by purchasing it at Home Depot. We got two other bids from local building supply companies that were much higher in price, one was outrageously higher.

If you’re renovating or doing a remodeling project, remember to sign up for a Pro Account at Home Depot for additional discounts based on how much you have purchased or ordered at the store. Each Home Depot has a Pro Desk. You don’t need to be a contractor to sign up.



Over the Weekend


On Saturday, John and Joe began siding the 18×18 addition on the west side overlooking the patio.


John is nailing in the 8 1/4″ fiber cement siding with 7″ reveal.


The three vertical pressure-treated wood strips on the right were nailed-in to pack out the wall where the brick meets the new addition.


The gecko clips are movable course to course allowing a perfect 7″ reveal.


It was relatively easy installing the lap siding on the west side. Above and around the box bay window, straightedge shingles will be installed.


Next: Siding the front of the house.



Upper East Side


Yesterday, John and Joe started the lap siding on the upper east side; it was a lot of trips up and down the ladders.


Today, they’ll finish the east side.

Next: Starting on the west side (patio side with the box bay window).