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Friday, June 24, 2016


Exploring Exterior Selections

This past week has been largely dedicated to developing the exterior elevations on the Starter Home 2.0 Oakley house, which while similar in many respects to the SH2.0 Pleasant Ridge project with its use of James Hardie fiber cement siding and trim, has some subtle variations in sizes and color (as evident in the renderings below) that I am in the process of working through and will discuss in more detail in this post.
Whereas the Starter Home 2.0 Pleasant Ridge house only used one siding type, which was James Hardie 'Hardie Plank' lap siding with a 6.25" width and 5" exposure in the Monterey Taupe Colorplus Technology color, the SH2.0 Oakley house is going to have two different siding types that will vary in color and potentially in size depending on pricing and availability. The initial thought is to go with a 4" exposure throughout, except at the front bumpout, which will jump up to an 8" exposure. I am also leaning towards just getting the siding pre-primed and painted on site, than in a pre-finished color to give me more flexibility in the ability to coordinate colors with other exterior elements such as the windows, handrails and gutters. 
Another difference between the two homes will be the trim. While the Pleasant Ridge home only had one trim color, which was James Hardie 'Hardie Trim' in the Arctic White Colorplus Technology color, the Oakley home will have three different trim colors for the main house element, the garage bumpout, and the front porch/rear deck. Similar to the siding, the plan is to get these pre-primed and paint them in the field. More information about the James Hardie product line can be found on their website and McCabe lumber is one of the local dealers that can provide additional assistance for anyone that might be interest in using the product on a future project.