Sep 5, 2016

Beside myself, besiding myself

Non-stitching post, something that has bugged me for a few years.
Crunch time.  Fall is here and contractors take months to show up.  What should I do? 

Replacing the siding with cedar would cost a fortune and after checking sources, found that it comes in 6 foot length bundles with 3 and 4 foot pieces.  No.  Unacceptable.  What are our choices?   Trying to replace the bad with good ones from elsewhere on the house, would be very time consuming.  Sanding each lap smooth, caulking cracks, priming and painting would be also, but the cedar would be saved.  Would anyone do it?  No.  Not one contractor or painter is interested. 
I love the look of our weathered house, but I don't think we have a choice but to replace with cement board laps, and paint.  The entire back (facing north) is fine and it only needs stained or painted.  The east and south facing sides have some good boards, but most are alligatored, dry and brittle, and paint would be sucked in creating a mottled blotchy house.  Not to mention that the warped and brittle laps would still be there.  I can remove that crackled wood between the grain lines with my nail so how long would paint last anyway.
 
I need expert advice, not the contractor's easiest solution.  Wish me luck.  It's something I've put off for a long time.  The Andersen windows need replaced too.  They were Terratone which faded in the sun to pink, were painted, and now are warped with delaminated vinyl. 
 
This was taken two years ago and from the street, it looks like a weathered house. 
 
But seeing it closer, it's terrible.  I considered using the good boards from that middle section (replacing them with stone) but again, no one will attempt it.  If they don't want to do it, I wouldn't trust them to be careful enough to not break the laps during the process. 
 
By the end of this week, I will have a decision made (come hell or hot flash) and will stick to it until I find a restoration company or a conscientious contractor.  Vinyl is the only material these workers have installed.  Many Amish around here but which one?  They install wood siding on their homes but without phones or ads, how do we know who to trust?  How do we contact them for estimates?  And how do we keep in touch for work status?  We stopped at a flooring shop in Volant and placed our order for the wood, never heard from them, drove out to talk to them and no one was ever in the shop, can't leave a note for them to call because there are no phones!  After several months we got the wood through a lumber mill.
 
You know I'm not good at all with decision making, and not only is this a big one, my preferred solution to replace with cedar laps is not an option.
 
Sampler is almost finished except for the #*%* border.  I hate stitching borders.
 
Have a good week.
Thanks for visiting.
 
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21 comments:

diamondc said...

Marly: I hate stitching borders myself, I think that is why I have so many UFO's hanging around.
I love the looks of your home so beautiful, finding a good contractor is very hard, good luck to you on that mission, I hope you find one soon, my Cousin is having a home built by the Amish for so little but like you said hard to get a hold of.

Blessings
Catherine

Janice C. said...

Marly, I love your house!! I have Mennonites near me and they build several homes for private parties. I don't think they advertise much either but everyone seems to know who to contact. I would go to the Amish community and ask. Preferably a store, bakery, something like that. I'm sure they would know someone to get in touch with. I had a friend that had the Amish build their house. She drew up the plans herself and that is all they used. It was beautiful. She said every night they cleaned up the work site and there was no smoking or litter laying around. She was very satisfied with their work. Putting some kind of stone in the middle would also look nice and use those boards to fix the rotten ones. It would probably be a lot cheaper too. Good luck, I hope you find a reliable person to do it.

Truus said...

So difficult to make the right dission for replacing the cedar.
Wish you good luck and I would go to the Amish as Janine and Catharine are saying.
Greetings Truus from Holland

Sandra said...

Wow, your house looks amazing.

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Your house is so beautiful, I hope you can get some expert advice and a good solution.

Winnie Nielsen said...

Marly, I do understand your dilemma because your house is beautiful with it's weathered exterior and it would be a shame to ruin the look. I think you are doing the right thing by pursuing better solutions to maintaining the house integrity. I do hope you find someone trust worthy that can properly restore the siding. Keep us posted on how this all works out and Good Luck!

Nancy D. said...

What a beautiful home you have. I do wish you the very best in your search…are there any other homes within driving distance that have cedar like yours? Recommendations from those in the know are often best...

Vickie said...

Yes, try Amish. That is as expert as you can get!!

kelley said...

good luck with all this Marly...what a pain...your house is gorgeous anyway you look at it!

Karen said...

May I suggest contacting your state's Historical Homes Society to see if there are resources/people who do historical restoration. Although your home is not an "historical home" in a true sense it none the less was built using materials that it sounds like are not readily available to you now and in addition your home has the appearance of an "Early American" home. Another resource might be looking at the web site of Early American Homes magazine. Also, you have not mentioned being on Instagram but I have seen feeds of people who are doing restorations to older homes. Some of those feeds will of course not be to your liking in terms of decor, but there may be some that do have to use materials that are not "plastic or vinyl". I sympathize with you during this time. We want so bad to maintain what is from the past in an age that frequently does not find value in saving some of the things from the past. Another resource if you have time is to see ride around looking to see if you see any older homes that are being restored just to chat with the homeowner/workers, much like going to those Amish stores. Be a detective which I think you are really, really good being as evidenced by all you share with us on your delightful blog!

Karen in NC

Jacqueline said...

Love the look and style of yout home. Good luck with the siding job.

celkalee said...

Tough decision. My son did some work on a historical property several years ago and had to use some of the "new at the time" cement board siding. Since it could be painted any color it blended will with the existing siding. If I remember correctly it was painted a brownish red. It does require some skill but since it has been around a while I suspect many more builders are familiar with its use. What ever you choose will only enhance an already lovely house.

Julie said...

I too love your weathered home!

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

beautiful house!!!!!!!
L

deb said...

Decisions that make changes to the home you love are *hard*! I'm sure you'll figure out a solution to fix your lovely home's exterior. Will be interested to hear the outcome.

Rugs and Pugs said...

My original wood siding (from 1940) will no longer hold paint and I've been planning to reside for years. This year I really must bite the bullet. My home is much smaller than yours and the cost of vinyl siding made me choke!
Good luck!
Lauren

Carol said...

Your home is so lovely, Marly--I'm sure some of the Amish up your way would provide a perfect solution for you :) Good luck--we have some (much more minor) decisions to make about our home, too, but just keep procrastinating!

loveinterwoven said...

Hi, My name is Sue, I've been reading your blog for a long time and have a question. I just finished the border on my sampler and am one stitch off. grumble. I am kicking myself for not using guide lines. oh well. My question is. Will this mess up the entire sampler counts ? Should I ( oh gosh) rip it out. Please help!!!
Thanks. a long time stitcher who should know better, Sue

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Your home is like the one of which I dream...

Enjoy for me with Peace,
Barb

Arthur Bryant said...

How frustrating! You have a beautiful house and it's nice that you're wanting to keep the integrity of it. If the contractors you've been working with aren't wanting to do the job then keep looking! We found an amazing contractor that lived about 50 miles away, and we had to pay a little extra for him to make the trip, but my wife and I were happy to do it.

Franklin Stewart said...

Hopefully, you can have things figured out soon as to what to side the house with. I know that this can be an expensive process but there are choices in every category that can fit most budgets. Will you be posting photos of the job when it is finished? I am sure there are many readers who would be interested.

Franklin Stewart @ Muller Exteriors

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