OCTOBER 2009                                               Click on (most) images for a larger view.

Now that we have finished the siding on the upper south wall and have removed the scaffolding from the balcony, we can focus on the south wall of the guest room. The objective is to get the south and east sides of the house completely covered as soon as possible. Our weather in November and December generally comes from the southeast and so we can work on the north and west walls, in the lee of the house.
Patio door:
Mounting the angle brackets is not for the faint of heart. When pre-drilled holes miss their mark its easy to shear off the head of the stainless screws. This one took a couple of hours to remove and replace!
The door frame is in place but still needs angle brackets. The Tyvek is under the balcony and the strapping is going on. Keep in mind that the external envelope wraps the overhang which is vented to the inside.
Peel and Stick is great to seal the flanges around the door. We also apply it to seal the nail holes created when mounting the 2" combing. To accommodate the transition to flashing at the bottom we chisel out a taper and custom fit the molding to the contour of the wall sandwich. There is much more work to trim than meets the eye. We take great care to fit it properly and fasten it well to prevent cupping and splitting. The goddess of plenty (who lives next door) rewards us for our diligence with bounty from her garden.
During the second visit from Stonecraft, Ischtvan applies another coat to the balcony and then embeds aggregate...
Carefully overlapping the mesh, Ischtvan lifts it to apply another coat below and above the mesh to bond it to the aggregate...
In the meantime, we are busy down below ripping and shaping some reclaimed cedar for the soffit, so we can measure for the custom airlock that provides make-up air for all the exhaust fans of the house.
In a super-tight house it is important that openings are provided for makeup air to replace the air that is exhausted by bathroom and kitchen fans. In our case we also have a heat recovery unit that will draw fresh air from outside.
To prevent heat from escaping from this air intake vent when it is not in use we decided to construct a simple air lock with materials at hand.

A P-2000 lined vertical plenum shaft covers the opening located just under the soffit. When no air is moving the warm air in the vent will form a plug in the top of that plenum, preventing heat from the house from escaping.

A hidden hatch at the top and bottom facilitate cleaning.

The starter strip is careful calculated again to insure continuity with the adjacent walls. We took our measurement from the east wall and transposed a course height to this south wall before leveling it across to both sides of the door. It's a small wall but since it is up close and personal it was especially important that all four sections rise equally and meet uniformly as they merge at the top. The air-lock plenum added to the fun.
Carefully caulking after each course and around any cutouts for light fixtures and plug boxes is important. In some cases we needed to provide a backing strip to hold the caulking firm.
Our cutting station in the pole barn is working out well.
Mark brought his sample back and what do you know?  It looks just like the rock we gave him to match!

Here we are picking out the "grout" colour and size.

grinding down the flashing ridge so water is not impeded from flowing
off the balcony...
applying another layer which becomes the grout colour...


he has taped the "grout lines" and a 3'x3' tile comes to life...


applying texture coat which becomes another colour in the "stone" look as well...
Off come the tape exposing the "grout lines".  Now he is adding the rest of the colours to create the stone look we wanted.

We counted at least13 layers to this system!: 1st polyurethane waterproofing, 2nd waterproofing, thicker layer of coating, aggregate, thicker layer of coating, mesh, thicker layer of coating, "grout" colour coating, taping, texture and stone color coating, colour highlights, 3 layers of sealant.

We are so excited that we find it hard to focus on our work. We run up and take pictures every few minutes and sometime we just stand in awe of this artist at work!  And, it is done!  It is beautiful!  We are so pleased with the final look and can imagine it throughout the house!

AMAZING!  Check out their work: http://www.stonecraft.ca

Here we are putting the final cedar strip up and the south wall of the guest room is completed!

The choice of the colour "sequoia" was a good one - it goes very well with the "forest" green trim!

Now it is time to start on the east wall. 
The east and south get hardest hit from our fall/winter storms, so we want to get that sided soon.  Before we can do that we have to put up the corner trim.  Then to break up the tallness of the wall we have divided into three by bands of combing trim.  We call the top band the "necklace" and it is the same size as the corner trim, 5-1/2inches.  Above it will be grey board and batten.  With our 18.5degree roof slope, we figured this would be easier to install instead of cutting that angle on every plank.  Below the necklace is grey planking.  Then comes the "belly band" which is 7-1/4inches.  Below that will be "sequoia" planking.  Because the bands are thicker than the siding it is required to install flashing to shed the water away.
Thomas came up with the idea to merge the top window with the "necklace" as a smooth transition.

We paint the underside of the flashing because it would get marked up anyway the next time the trim needs staining.

Thomas cuts the first panel... I'm readying all the gear... First panel is up... and last panel goes up...
Rain was forecast for the next day so we decided to finish up by putting the battens on and caulking them.  It gets dark pretty early now... so we rigged up a light and worked away!

And the next day we see the final results from afar and are happy with the look of the board and batten.

Now we are on the upper west wall... trim, flashing and bug screen detail

To get rid of the pile of panels we decide to do the lower west gable end and the kitchen gable end.  Then we'll come back and put the planking on the east wall.

First panel for the west wall... pre-drilling before nailing... hard to measure in the dark.. time to call it a night.
Just had to rescue this little fuscia in the pile of yard waste our friend Jeff the gardener dropped off for us!  We compost the waste to amend our soil on the site.  Helps Jeff too... he doesn't have to drive far to get rid of it. I just love the decking and the glulams!  I thought this a beautiful view with the trees in the background.

I had just finished cleaning wasp spittle off the decking so it all felt loved up!


Battens are glued on and then carefully caulked. Once we assessed the detail required to finish the kitchen gable end we decided that finishing the east wall was a priority instead. So we painted what was completed on the west wall and left it for later.
After a final inspection of our work on the east gable end, we remove the top level scaffolding and prepare to side the area from the bellyband to the "necklace".
Soon we have a production line going. It takes me about as much time to measure and cut the pieces as it takes Laura to mount them. Of course we continue to pre-drill and hand nail all fasteners. A spacer strip is required for the top course to make a clean finish.

  mocking up meter base surround  
After painting and final inspection of the top section it was time to remove more scaffolding. It's important to exercise extreme caution to insure the structural integrity is maintained when reducing the scaffolding.
More details before siding could commence. This time we focused on building our "birdhouse" for the meter base and post. Actually it ended up looking more like a grandfather clock than a birdhouse but its a great improvement over the bare meter base.

The housing was designed for easy access and cleaning as well as proper ventilation and of course water tightness. A combination that required a fair bit of thought. Ah yes and we had to keep the critters out as well!

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