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James Pasto wrote:Feb 27, 2013
  • Mark
    Hello, house looks great.
    What are the 1x2 battens? Wood or is it a fiber cement product also?
  • Clarice Johnson

    What is the wood stain color??

Riqui Sanchez wrote:Jan 31, 2013
  • geojigeorge
    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.
  • lisetiffner
    the battens are 1x2 16" oc per the answer to another question they gave
Elisabeth Prescott wrote:Jul 29, 2012
  • tierney348
    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.
  • PRO
    DeForest Architects
    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
stanipkiss44 wrote:Aug 30, 2013
  • PRO
    Architecture, interiors
    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.
  • PRO
    DeForest Architects
    Yes, they are hardie soffits. I am not sure but I think the roof is TPO. We try to avoid PVC for environmental reasons.
bethdoherty wrote:Nov 20, 2011
  • bethdoherty
    John - Can't thank you enough! Picking up a sample to paint on a board today.

  • Todd Woods
    He160 Benjamin Moore paint.
scanmike wrote:Mar 26, 2017
  • scanmike


    You have answered questions regarding cedar tongue and groove siding and I appreciate it. Could you tell me if they used edge grained wood or was it cut regularly (not sure what that is called). A stain manufacturer from TWP said that our contractor should use edge grain because it stains more evenly. What do you recommend?

  • Suresh Chitturi

    what is the recommended distance between Battens

nycsd wrote:Sep 24, 2012
  • rwong1984
    Could taupe work with this cedar siding?
  • nycsd
    I tried Benjamin Moore Topeka taupe, not as nice.
    BM eagle rock 1469 and bear creek 1470 are nice
mrkigodwgs wrote:Sep 12, 2012
  • mrkigodwgs
    Is there a 1/4 in gap between panels or are they butted together?
  • PRO
    DeForest Architects
    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...
bertha11 wrote:Jan 15, 2012
  • PRO
    DeForest Architects
    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!
  • bertha11
    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.
snewtdog wrote:Aug 6, 2011
  • snewtdog
    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!
  • PRO
    DeForest Architects
    Yes. Frye Reglet makes some extruded aluminum shapes for vertical, horizontal and corner joints. James Hardie also sells them. John
Bnunn wrote:Aug 1, 2011
  • PRO
    Kelly Porter
    Mission Wall 3502 by Sherwin Williams is a similar stain.
catkesler wrote:Feb 18, 2014

    What Houzz contributors are saying:

    Charmean Neithart Interiors added this to 8 Homes With Exterior Paint Colors Done RightApr 13, 2013

    For modern architecture with wood siding, try a deep gray. Gray tones look great with wood siding with red undertones. Here is Knoxville Gray HC-160 by Benjamin Moore.Next: How to Choose a Front Door Color12 Tried and True Paint Colors for Your Walls

    John Hill added this to Fiber Cement Siding Takes a Front SeatMar 6, 2012

    More variation in fiber cement panels: vertical board and batten in the foreground (note the way the front door matches), and larger rectangular panels in the back.

    What Houzzers are commenting on:

    Nan Tan added this to exterior6 days ago

    it needs a white pop somewhere. white accent color.

    corinnepons added this to Room AdditionJun 12, 2019

    idea for siding... Grey siding with little wood at the top above window

    jeswilson0807 added this to 18011 BaughJun 11, 2019

    Hardie panel painted blue on site

    Urban Selections & Design added this to Next House.May 24, 2019

    I don’t Love everything about this house, but some of it I do. Probably a pipe dream.

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