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.



Yippee! We Found A Carpenter to Help Install the Hardie Siding

After a month and a half of trying to find one carpenter to help John install the Hardie siding, I finally broke down and posted an ad on Craigslist. Within a few hours I got a response from Joe. We met him yesterday afternoon and he showed up this morning to start work.


First thing this morning, John and Joe installed the kitchen casement window. (Ignore the plywood above on the balcony–it’s for safety purposes until I decide on what type of railing I want). I took this photo the moment the window was installed–one more thing to cross off the “To Do” list.

They’re going to start installing the siding at the back of the house first. So, sometime very soon, I’ll be replacing my Tyvek house photo at the top of my blog with a photo of the house with siding. Once the siding is installed, the house will be completely closed up.

In the meantime, while John and Joe are working on siding installation, I’m working on getting a drywall lift. After the siding is finished, John will pick up where he left off with installing drywall in the house. He checked the price of renting a drywall lift but he’ll have it for such a long period of time that it actually works out to be the same price as buying one (a lift is about $200).