Thursday, June 9, 2011

12. Exterior Materials

It's finally time to add the exterior materials! As seen in the rendering at the top of the blog, this home is made up of a combination of James Hardi Board and stone.

These pictures (above) show the protective plastic for the exterior materials that help keep moisture out. The James Hardi Board will be installed on the white area of the home and the stone will be installed on the black area.

This photo shows the Hardi board installed on a similar craftsman-style home. Hardi board can be installed horizontally, vertically, or in a combination as pictured here to add interest.

There are many advantages to using Hardi board versus other building materials. It is well-known for its durability. Due to its composite makeup, Hardi board is designed to last up to 50 years against cracking, rotting, hail damage, termites and many other possible problems.

This photo shows the start of the stone being installed. We selected a cultured stone for this home instead of a natural stone. One of the main benefits of a cultured stone is that it weights a lot less. This is beneficial because it places less weight on the foundation of your home.

Cultured stone is faster and easier to install than natural stone. It is also easy to find, and simple to replace. In most cases, it is less expensive. It is becoming more popular because the cultured stone today looks more real than it ever has before. In fact, in most cases, people can't tell the difference.

1 comment:

  1. This is the first time I have seen a home made from these materials. It's pretty impressive.

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