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September 20, 2016

When we last checked in we had replaced all of the existing cedar shingles with new beveled cedar siding. It gives the exterior of the house a much cleaner look and is congruent with pictures of the house from the late 1950’s.

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This post will outline our plan for the lowest 4-feet of the house, which we fondly refer to as “The Skirt.” In this photo you can see that its covered in wood shingles. This irregular cedar “shake” siding was used in early New England construction, and was revived in Shingle Style and Queen Anne style architecture in the late 19th century.


We will replaced the wood shingles with Texture 1-11, T1-11 or T111 (“tee-one-eleven”), a durable plywood sheet siding with grooves to imitate vertical shiplap siding. There is also a product known as reverse board-and-batten RBB that looks similar but has deeper grooves. We considered used the Hardi version of RBB but we plan to lift the house long-term which would mean ripping it all off again – so we went with the less-expensive option. Both T-11 and RBB sheets are quick and easy to install as long as they are installed with compatible flashing at butt joints.


Step one included tearing off all the existing shingles and pulling all the protruding nails. We found that you could see right into our basement in a few spots so Nick ended up having to rip a few boards to cover them up so that the T1-11 could be securely nailed to the house.


After patching all of the holes and pulling an excessive number of nails we covered everything with Building paper to protect against moisture. You can tell from the photo above Sage was clearly over the project and resigned himself to digging and sleeping his hole the rest of the day.


After stapling the Building Paper onto the house we secured the galvanized flashing underneath the last row of cedar siding to protect against water sitting on the top edge of the T1-11. This proved hard than we anticipated! We took the back of a hammer and attempted to pry the bottom edge of the siding out creating a space for us to slide the flashing into. We found that we had to be very gentle prying the hammer back otherwise the cedar would split and we’d have to replace the entire row. It was slow going, but over the course of the evening we finished the entire perimeter of the house.


img_3913We added some trim where the T1-11 met the lowest row of bevel siding and two trim pieces on each of the corners. It looks so much better all buttoned up!

Materials List

  • SmartSide 48 in. x 96 in. Strand Panel Siding. Found here: Home Depot
  • Galvanized Steel L Flashing. Found here: Home Depot
  • 1-Ply 60-Minute Building Paper. Found here:  Home Depot
  • Dewalt Stapler. Found here: Home Depot

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