Saturday, February 26, 2011

Siding and Window Trim on the Front

I've installed some of the window trim on the front of the house.  I'm using a product called Smart Trim, which is an engineered product made out of wood chips and resin, and finished on the face to look like rough lumber.  It comes primed for painting. 

To make the window sill, I've sandwiched two pieces of the Smart Trim together to give me the thickness I need, then I've beveled the top side so that it will shed water.  I've used a router to round over the edges on piece that goes underneath the sill (the apron), the two pieces that go on either side of the window (the legs), and the piece that goes over top the window (the head).  Once the trim is painted, the rounded edges will give it a more finished look.

Here I've cut out the siding to fit around the window trim at the bottom of the window.  Part of the siding butts up against the trim and part of it slides behind the trim.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Siding Started on the Front of the House

I've begun installing the siding around the front of the house. I started by installing the flashing, the bug screen, and the starter strip. Note that I'm using galvanized metal flashing here and not the vinyl flashing that I had shown in my siding mockup. Instead, I'll be using the vinyl flashing as the drip cap over top the window trim.

This is as far as I can go with the siding until I've installed the trim around the windows, because the siding butts up to, or sticks underneath the trim.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Real Front Door

I've finally installed a real front door.  It's just a simple steel door with a glass insert, but it looks so much better than the old "plywood & padlock" door.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Siding Started

I've started installing the vinyl siding on the west wall of the house.  This part went fairly quickly, but I'll have to set up scaffolding to continue any higher, so that'll slow down the process.