|Boo, bad siding! Boo! You're ugly! Now go away!|
|Unfortunately, I'd lost track of my camera when this process first started so I only have pics to show you from mid-demolition. I don't remember what the area around the door looked like before but here's the real 1909 wood that was underneath.|
|The lower part of the porch enclosure is gone.|
|Above the porch, shingles are revealed. We'll likely keep the shingles uncovered and just paint them.|
|This is the side of the house, half aluminum, half wood. You can see clearly how the proportions of the aluminum siding are out of kilter with the original planks.|
|Perhaps you should avert your eyes at this point. This is the other side of the house. The small window on the left is in the guest bath (the Victorian bath) but that part was added onto the house at some point in time - but not by us. That area was once a porch. The window on the right is in the kitchen. It's a different size than the original, therefore all the plywood patching.|
|More of this eyesore. Like my 'hood's not ghetto enough.|
|Pile of aluminum. Don't cut yourself.|
The other thing that K mentioned is that if we do go with the siding, it will provide two more layers of insulation than we would have if we stayed with the original wood. There would be the siding itself, plus the plywood that the siding will attach to. That means the house will stay that much cooler and since we chose not to install air conditioning, that should count for something.
A while back, I wrote a post about the CoolWall product. I got a lot of comments asking if we went with that. I don't think we're going that way. I'm not sure why. It seems like we'll have the same challenge to re-paint every few years.
All weekend I've been obsessing about colors. We're poring over the James Hardie design tool -
and driving around various neighborhoods looking for Craftsmen in like color combinations. We'll probably go with green and something. It's the "something" that's got us stumped.
During the time my still camera was missing, I shot this video with my laptop. It's like a little tour of debris and disaster. Make of it what you will. In the meantime, I'll keep you updated on the progress.
And for a bit of beauty to offset the ugly, this year's blooming of the agapanthus.