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August 30, 2013
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One more question. Did you use Hardi for the underside of overhang as well or is that something else? Is the roof PVC ?
Thanks also for quick replys.
    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 6:05PM
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Yes, they are hardie soffits. I am not sure but I think the roof is TPO. We try to avoid PVC for environmental reasons.
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February 27, 2013
jamespasto wrote:
Can you tell me the name of this wood installation style? Can it be installed onto stucco?
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I believe they are 1x2's at 16" on center. Note that Hardie has specific requirements for attaching panels to framing that may affect your layout. If you depart from nailing the battens to the framing, you'll need to check the technical bulletin on fastening to SIPS, structural insulated panels. Whether you are using sips or not, Hardie tells me the principles are the same. Good luck!
1 Like    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 8:04AM
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Hello, house looks great.
What are the 1x2 battens? Wood or is it a fiber cement product also?
    Bookmark   November 12, 2014 at 4:26PM
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January 31, 2013
Riqui Sanchez wrote:
Front door paint color? or is it stained??
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In addition to my question above on the batten width, do you know what color of blue that you used of batten (color code)? Also outside of this I may seek you guys on a project if I buy this lot in Austin that recently came to my attention. It is a challenging lot that slopes off that does not have a lot of depth to work with. It seems from your designs on your website you have worked on these kind of houses. Earlier you mentioned of interest in work in the Austin area. I can see yourself and a firm out of Austin that could design a house for this area if I pursue this lot..I'm working with my current builder if I should pull the trigger on this new lot.
    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 12:39PM
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the battens are 1x2 16" oc per the answer to another question they gave
    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 12:42PM
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September 24, 2012
nycsd wrote:
Paint color - Fantastic home! I am working on updating my home with the existing vertical cedar panels. What is the paint color you used? Thank you very much for your time.
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Could taupe work with this cedar siding?
    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 8:29PM
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I tried Benjamin Moore Topeka taupe, not as nice.
BM eagle rock 1469 and bear creek 1470 are nice
    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 9:11PM
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September 12, 2012
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Is there a 1/4 in gap between panels or are they butted together?
    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 10:23PM
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I honestly don't recall but a gap seems like a good idea to allow any moisture to drain. I believe that Hardie may now have recommmended details...
    Bookmark   September 13, 2012 at 5:15AM
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July 29, 2012
Elisabeth Prescott wrote:
Regarding the hardy board type siding. What do you call this construction type siding - with the post + panel?
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We are a four unit live work HOA and are in the process of investigating siding options to replace 23 year old cedar V channel siding. Cost is an issue. One builder recommended board and batten with primed plywood and cedar batten. Are you able to place the hardie panel directly on stud (with only tyvek between the surfaces?)or do spacers+plywood have to be set off the stud/tyvek. We are looking for the magic bellet of low cost/low maintenance and longest life solution. Lots of windows to work around as well.
    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 11:03AM
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Hi, there. Hardie siding is inexpensive compared to most options and very durable IF stalled correctly. This especially true around windows (and for wood siding, too, for that matter.)

The post at the top of this thread is probably the best answer I can give about the various types of product and installation you see in the photo of our project. There is a debate about whether an airspace between hardie siding and moisture barrier is a) necessary or b) just a good idea or c) 'wouldn't hurt'. Such "rainscreen" installations allow the siding to breathe on both sides and equalize the pressure. This is a really good idea for wood siding as the siding and finish are likely to last longer. The case for a rainscreen behind hardie-siding is not as strong and it adds significatnt cost, but I can't advise you either way from a distance. The best thing might be to check the manufacturer's recommendations (i.e. James Hardie Co.) and talk with reputable local contractors who will know what holds up over time in your area. There are other manufacturers of similar material, by the way. Hardie is just the best known.

John DeForest
    Bookmark   December 28, 2012 at 5:14PM
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January 15, 2012
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hi, there. the stain was a custom color that involved a couple of rounds of samples of different mixes so I don't have a spec to pass along. It also depends on the quality and variation of the cedar underneath. you'll want to experiment with different amounts of pigment to achieve the right degree of opacity. good luck and thanks!
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Thank you for taking the time to post and share information about your work. It is much appreciated. We will definitely need to experiment with the stain.
    Bookmark   January 15, 2012 at 2:48PM
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November 20, 2011
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John - Can't thank you enough! Picking up a sample to paint on a board today.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2011 at 8:18AM
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Todd Woods
He160 Benjamin Moore paint.
    Bookmark   February 18, 2015 at 6:27PM
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August 6, 2011
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Thank you for your reply. The detailing between the flat horizontal panels on the second floor looks like aluminum trim? Is that so?

Great work, by the way!
    Bookmark   August 15, 2011 at 9:48PM
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Yes. Frye Reglet makes some extruded aluminum shapes for vertical, horizontal and corner joints. James Hardie also sells them. John
    Bookmark   August 16, 2011 at 4:09AM
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August 1, 2011
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Kelly Porter
Mission Wall 3502 by Sherwin Williams is a similar stain.
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February 18, 2014
catkesler wrote:
Who is the window manufacturer?
November 24, 2013
bsurian wrote:
What color are these window exteriors? - I am agonizing over exterior window colors but only have light taupe, mid tone taupe and dark bronze (which looks like dark brown) more than a metallic tone bronze.

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