Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Old Siding

It's like something out of Redneck Homes and Gardens, isn't it. 

Hopefully it won't look like this very long.  Here's an over simplified description of what we're going to do --

We put the new foundation just outside the old one, so that we'd have more square footage when we're done. 

We're going to build up and around the old house, then cut the old walls out from the inside with a sawzall.   Piece of cake. 

The west side and living room addition of the house were covered with aluminum siding.   Since we didn't want to be sawzalling through aluminum, we decided to take the aluminum off now.  

The oldest part of the house had originally been sided in clapboard [like the east side and north end of the house still have.]

Lots of mud dauber nests and spider webs.

And those damned Asian lady bugs.

The newer parts of the house have plywood and old insulation board  [cellotex insulating sheathing] under the siding.   

It's sooo attractive.

Next:  We're finalizing the floor plan and then we're going to balloon frame the first floor.   I'll explain balloon framing to you later after Eric explains it to me.  Again.


  1. That's so funny, "Redneck Homes & Gardens" !! I am new to your blog and I like it a lot. Thank you for sharing your life and skills.

  2. Your siding really needed some replacement services, eh? Hehe! It's nice to see that you're repairing them as soon as possible rather than waiting for them to collapse and cause bigger problems. I do hope you'll finish this project as early as possible, preferably before the holiday celebration comes. Please update me on the progress! Thanks! :)

    Rob Phelan @

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