Down the homestretch

Been a while since I updated my blog, but things have started progressing again. Finally started work on the exterior again. I bought some cedar shakes at the beginning of the project, but had decided not to use them. I changed my mind, and I'm glad! It took a lot of cutting, but I finished the southern gable end with them, and we're very pleased.

I used a concrete based material for the trim, and was going to use a Hardie Plank type of concrete siding, but after looking at the product (and picking up each 32lb piece), I decided to just go with wood. It's easier to cut, is far lighter, and considering how small it is, it's not going to require a lot of maintenance. 

Once the exterior is done, there's still a lot to do, but it will feel much closer to finished. I think I'm going to build a small overhang on the entry porch to keep the floormat dry, and so that there is a place to pause in case it's raining.

Putting up the cedar shakes took FAR longer than I imagined, but I'm happy with the look.

Putting up the cedar shakes took FAR longer than I imagined, but I'm happy with the look.

Cedar and most of the trim on the south side done.

Cedar and most of the trim on the south side done.

Siding up. We still haven't decided on a paint scheme, but have some ideas.

Siding up. We still haven't decided on a paint scheme, but have some ideas.

Weather looks good this week. I hope to finish the exterior.

Weather looks good this week. I hope to finish the exterior.