Siding

Siding

I know I say this in almost every post, but this is SUPER IMPORTANT. Siding is so important, in fact, that I might say it again… and again. We wanted our tiny house to be clothed in the finest, strongest, and most stylish materials before embarking on our adventure. Therefore, Guillaume and I spent countless days searching for siding that would reflect our personal style with the gusto to withstand a colossal journey.

How to choose siding for your tiny house (3 super important steps):

Step 1: Consider budget, durability, weight, and (of course) the “pretty” factor.

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We all want our house to be the “pretty gal on the block.” So think ahead! Like 10-20 years ahead. The prom queen can sometimes let herself go (tanning beds…. stay away from them kids). You want the quiet library chick, because she’s gonna be a hot mom someday.

Step 2: Research more, and probably reconsider your original choice.

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If you’re like us, you’ll pick a material based on appearance, think about it for awhile, read about it, and then decide against it. So research all your options, including: cedar, redwood, metal, and vinyl.

Step 3: Jump in head first.

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Okay, you’ve researched. You’ve made a decision (again). Go for it! Stop questioning yourself. Stop hyperventilating. It’s okay. It’s gonna be okay. Go, little bird. No regrets.

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We really wanted reclaimed wood for our tiny house because it felt unique and green. Both Guillaume and I like rustic decor (check out our pinterest), so we wanted to incorporate this look on the outside of our house as well as the inside. But after scouring craigslist for weeks, it seemed easier to choose readily available siding at Home Depot.

Lucky for us, we found E&K Vintage woods. They have a variety of beautiful reclaimed siding options and other vintage woods including wood slabs. Their showroom is impressive, and we suggest visiting if you’re in the Los Angeles area. All of their woods are well cared for and kiln dried (which is important).

The siding we chose is 70+ years old, making it older than Guillaume and I combined, and resourced from a crumbling old barn in Wisconsin. Being a mid-west girl, I was smitten not only by its tones of red and silver patina but also by its origin.

Tiny House Giant Journey
Reclaimed siding from E & K Vintage Woods
Tiny House Giant Journey
Reclaimed siding from E & K Vintage Woods

One of our favorite boards actually has shotgun holes and pellets still lodged inside! Of course, we put this piece in a prime location. Trespassers beware!

 

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Choosing reclaimed wood meant that we had to take a few extra precautions. While shopping we specifically searched for siding that had the tongue and groove or shiplap joints preserved in good condition. Often when barns are torn down the wood can be damaged in the process, so we inspected our siding carefully and bought from a reliable source (E&K Vintage Wood). Next, we had to accept the inevitable fact that our yield would be a lesser percentage to age frailty. This meant buying about 20% extra to compensate for existing cracks and holes in the wood.

Finally, when installing our reclaimed siding we wanted to take every precaution to make sure it would last. This meant:

1). Redwood Furring Strips

Furring strips not only mark studs for easy installation, but they also add a gap between the siding and house wrap. This will help prevent any moisture from getting locked behind our boards.

2). Pre-drilling

Because our wood is 70+ years old, it was prone to crack on installation. In order to maximize our yield we carefully pre-drilled the boards. We took care to line up our screws to studs, for support and visual appeal. We also applied silicone to the back of the holes, hoping that it would act as a sealing agent as the screw goes through.

3). The Right Screws

Finding the right screws can be difficult. We wanted reliable, exterior grade, heavy duty screws, but we also didn’t want our screws to look too modern next to our reclaimed wood. We used Bronze Star Heavy Duty Screws from Screw Solutions. They look amazing and they’re strong as nails (well, screws actually).

4). Weather Protection

Even though our wood survived over 70 years of Wisconsin rain and snow, we need it to withstand 60+ mph winds when being towed on the highway. We decided to take an extra precaution and put a layer of weather sealant.

And, just in case you wanted more photos… we wouldn’t dare deny you:

What kind of siding will you choose?

-Jenna

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E&K Vintage Wood

Siding provided by E&K Vintage Wood: the finest reclaimed wood.

Screw

Hardware provided by Screw Solutions: outstanding products with outstanding service.

 

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34 Comments

  1. Rod
    October 6, 2014 / 1:22 pm

    I want to build a tiny house, and I’ve already decided I want live edge siding. Your barn patina is marvelous though.

  2. Anne
    October 6, 2014 / 6:57 am

    Just found your blog and I love it! Your home is amazing and I love the details you provided. I am considering a build for next spring and you are bring up things I hadn’t thought of yet. Thank you! Can’t wait to follow the rest of your journey. Also, love the ‘head first’ fox. Very cute.

  3. julio
    September 29, 2014 / 9:32 am

    wow nice project , next year i want to renovated my roof , but i live in quebec. and it is very important to chose the good matérials. One of my friends share a web site on my facebook and i want to know waht you guys think about those products. here

  4. Boyd Slauenwhite
    September 25, 2014 / 8:08 am

    Love all you have done in building your Tiny Home. We live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and look forward to seeing you this Sunday when you visit ( Sept.28/14) We love your dog, Salies, and have a special treat for her when we see you.
    –Boyd & Barb

  5. mario
    August 29, 2014 / 8:53 am

    well yesterday was an interesting day.. a nice swarm of termites decided to fly on my tiny house… i honestly never thought about pre treating the wood as i am building for termites… after a few hours of killing as many as i could see crawling inside the tiny house. i did some research and found out that a solution called bora care would be best as it soaks in the wood al the way through. just thought i would share this with you guys since i honestly never thought about it, but makes sense ( tiny house built out of wood, termites like wood).

    • Dave
      August 29, 2014 / 9:14 am

      Wondering if anyone’s done a comparison of costs and weight between wood and building with aluminum studs and siding like HardiPlank? It would seem to make the home much more weather resistent as well as termite-proof!

      • August 29, 2014 / 9:24 am

        Aluminum studs has been done in a couple other tiny houses. It’s definitely lighter. The issue being that it’s not very customizable, it’s very expensive and aluminum is one of the worst thermal bridges there is! HardiPlank might be a little too stiff for siding from what I understand. I don’t know much about it personally though.

    • August 29, 2014 / 9:20 am

      Haha, we had that issue too! There probably still are some termites in our wood. We figured we’d drop the house off at a pest control place somewhere on our trip. Or let it freeze for a few days up north!

  6. mario soto
    August 26, 2014 / 9:05 am

    was wondering, what size screws did you use for your siding? as i am starting on my siding and trying to figure this part out. thanks

    • August 26, 2014 / 9:11 am

      We used #10 x 2-1/2″ exterior heavy duty star bit screws from screw solutions. Good luck with your siding!

      • Mario soto
        August 26, 2014 / 9:13 am

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