To-Do List: Siding
The siding was the source of considerable indecision for quite a long time. Ultimately the budget crunch forced me to choose the most economical approach: what I call "faux board and batten." This consists of rough-cut plywood siding (a.k.a. T-111) with slats applied over the seams, a trick I devised when building the guest house. The results were good enough to fool some contractors. And it's super-cheap: I'm able to side the whole house for less than $2K. As a bonus, I used the same material for the fascia.
The siding will be stained with Behr semi-transparent stain/sealant in "Slate" (example above). On 1 December 2018 I installed a bit of soffit so I could get some siding up, just to see how it might look (below).
Although far from ideal, it was good enough to continue, and I focused on the front of the house so it would look finished with just a few more panels installed.
The only thing I don't like about this choice is that I really do not like the look of yellow pine. What saves it for me is the really dark stain—it hides a multitude of sins.
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