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How to Install Board and Batten Siding

There are many different ways of covering your home. You can choose simply to repaint it, although in practice this is generally more complicated than it sounds. Alternatively, you can invest in some high-quality vinyl cladding that can quickly transform the look and feel of your home.

However, you can also opt for a more traditional approach with board and batten siding. When installing this you can get professional help, or you can complete the work yourself by following these simple steps:

Choose Your Boards

The most common boards are 1×10 with 1×2 or 1×3 battens. However, you can also choose 1×8 boards or 1×12 boards and 1×4 battens.

It’s also important to consider the finish of your boards if you opt for rough then your boards will give your home a rustic look. Alternatively, you can choose smooth, planed, boards and pint them afterward, creating a very modern finish.

Don’t forget if you’re painting the boards after to check with your local planning office, you don’t want to fall foul of local rules and have to remove your boards.

Part of choosing the boards also means selecting the wood you’d like to use. Hardwood is more expensive and will last longer. But, it can be more difficult to work with.

Cedar is generally a good option but you should check to ensure there are no open knots.

It’s probably going to take you a day, with one assistant, to cover 800 square feet of wall. The exact time will depend on your work ethic and the amount of space you have to cover.

Now Put Your Board and batten siding up

Just follow these steps:

  • Put building wrap around the windows and doors, you’ll need metal flashing on vulnerable joins. This assumes you have flat walls to batten against. If you don’t you’ll need to add furring battens.
  • Now add your water boards, they must be level, you can bang two nails in at every joist and use a butt joint to join boards together.
  • Take a look at the spaces between windows and doors. You want to plan your boards to minimize cutting and avoid having skinny pieces of wood.
  • You should now be ready to put your first board up. You’ll need to make sure it stays vertical with a spirit level. Nail the board in but don’t put the nail too close to the edge of the wood.
  • Use a spacer to create an even gap between each board, this allows for expansion and contraction. At the same time, it keeps the look uniform.
  • Take your time cutting angle boards, mark several times before cutting; you want the fit to be as snug as possible.
  • Your battens can now be installed over the gaps in your wood; this covers the gap completely and protects the walls and the rest of the wood from damp. You can straighten a crooked batten by aligning it as you nail, moving from top to bottom.

That’s it! Step back and admire your work, but only when you’ve finished the whole house.

Tired but happy

I was trying to upload some photos of my daughter in my other blog but couldn’t remember what to write about those pictures as I was really sleepy and tired for the last three days. I was cleaning the house and washing bed sheets, towels, and 72 inch round table cloths that accumulated for weeks. I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish the chore over the weekend. I’m glad that I was able to get a bit of help from hubby by cooking and doing the dishes last night.

A Smart Kitchen Update

One of the best ways to give your kitchen a new look is to change your cabinets. There are a number of options available today to fit your needs and budget. Not only is it appealing but a very effective way to add more value to your home.

The line of cabinetry is really versatile, working very well in a variety of different kitchen designs. Whichever you prefer a more classic style or modern look you can find it in the white shaker cabinets.

We do carry many colors of Shaker cabinets to honey, Modena, Cherry, espresso and several more. The traditional white color is one of our more popular cabinets, it goes great with any kitchen design so you can use your own creativity. We offer shaker style kitchen cabinets for wall, base, and tall cabinets, as well as vanities. These Shaker style cabinets go all the way back to the 1700’s and even back then they were known for their quality. We offer shaker style kitchen cabinets for wall, base, and tall cabinets, as well as vanities.

To go more the traditional route attractive wood kitchen cabinets are always timeless and great way to add value to your kitchen. You will have a wide variety of stains, wood and designs to choose from. We offer a variety of top named brands at affordable prices to fit anyone’s budget. Individual distinctions are part of the beauty of any wood product. These naturally occurring variations that make a beautiful charm that makes your cabinets one of a kind.

No matter which cabinet style you decide to go with you can rest assure that they will be top quality and long lasting. We offer Stock and Custom cabinet designs to fit your needs. We also carry all the hardware and accessories you will need for your new cabinets. We even offer sample cabinets so you can touch and feel the cabinets before purchasing, FREE shipping is also available for samples. While we do specialize in ready to assemble cabinets we also have Pre-assemble cabinets to choose from. Not only do we carry Kitchen cabinets but we have bath vanities, garage cabinets, and other kitchen accessories to meet your needs.