The siding company started on Monday of this week. Over the past couple of weeks, I had to make final decisions about the siding. I always knew the main siding boards I wanted an 8″ reveal, but I had to decide on all the rest of the trim! And it’s definitely not as easy as it sounds. There’s so many different parts & pieces of trim. I definitely knew that I wanted to have window trim, corner boards, belly bands, and I really had a hard time deciding if I wanted frieze boards or not. Here’s a quick description of what each of these are:
- Window Trim: this one’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s the wood that wraps around the windows. The only thing, is that there are TONS of different options for this. So I had to choose a style as well as the width for all of the pieces. Here was the picture that I sent Matt for what I wanted…except, I didn’t want to have the pieces of crown on top of the windows. I basically wanted flat trim all the same size (5 1/2″) around each window, with a sill piece. I’ve driving by a handful of old farmhouses around our area – carnation, fall city, etc – and they have this simple style trim – love it!
- Corner Boards: These are vertical pieces that wrap the exterior corners of the home. I chose to do these the same size as the window trim at 5 1/2″.
- Frieze Boards: These boards wrap the underside of the gables. They’re shown pretty well in the picture below or in the first picture above – it’s a flat piece of trim that is at the same angle as the roof line. These were harder for me to decide if I wanted to have them. On our house, the fronts of the gables have barge boards on them, and mine are pretty wide – I think they installed 10″ boards. So they overhang the house quite a bit, and therefore it’s hard to envision how much of the frieze boards will actually be visible from the street level. I really love the way that they outline and accentuate the house though. But there’s an added cost to have them since they are more labor intensive to install (vs. not having them). I was completely torn on this one. I doubt anyone is even going to notice these things, and truly they add NO VALUE to the home…but I personally love the way they look. And part of building our a custom home is to get some things that we think are beautiful – that’s what makes it our home vs. another spec house, right? Ahhh, decisions, decisions. So, since I couldn’t really decide, and since we can’t go back and add them later, we said – the hell with it – just add them!
- Belly Bands: These are the wider boards that sort of frame out the bottom of each level in the home. So we’ll have a belly band run between the main and lower levels, and we’re also installing on around the bottom of the entire house (front, back, and sides). These boards are taller than the other normal horizontal siding and really separate out some spaces. This was really important to add on the backside of the garage which is a full height retaining wall. Since there’s no windows on that wall (b/c underneath the garage is backfilled in with dirt), having siding run from the backyard level all the way up to the roof would have looked awful. Just a sea of siding. The belly band really breaks it up and gives your eye a place to rest. I like the way belly bands look on houses anyhow – they add some visual interest to homes.
Here’s some pictures of the siding that they’ve accomplished this week: