What Would James Hardie Do?
Over the past couple of months, I've been completely obsessed with Fiber Cement Siding. Apparently it's pretty standard on any new house built in a modern style and being relatively maintenance free and fire-retardant, it was the logical choice for us.
After numerous hours spent on the web, and a few trips to our local big box stores where we actually got to see the product in person, we decided on some of the Hardie Board Products. The problem after that was deciding among the mind-boggling number of varieties that this stuff comes in.
We knew we wanted to mix textures and colors on the house and since it is roughly a rectangle we hoped to make it a little more interesting with some variety in the siding. Right now our plan is to put roughly 3/8 of the house in red HardiePlank Lap Siding (smooth finish) and the other 5/8 in grey HardiePanel Vertical Siding (smooth finish). We can order it pre-painted but think we'll opt for the cheaper unpainted version and just do it ourselves.
The idea with this design is that instead of varying the siding in a vertical manner, we'll just vary it in a horizontal style.