I have a somewhat perplexing exterior siding puzzle coming up, and I’m hoping that maybe one of you has previously experienced something similar and possibly already figured out an ingenious solution.
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The house was built in 1882 and a square addition was built on the back about 1910. I’m completely gutting the house inside and out, but I want to maintain the look and feel of it to keep with the period.
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On the upper level of the addition, and the upper level of the driveway side bump out, the sidewalls were shingled with alternating double rows of straight red cedar shingles and rounded red cedar shingles. The straight shingles (squared and rebutted) are packaged in random widths. The rounded shingles are made and sold in consistent widths—5-in. wide is what I can get today.
If you zoom in to the upper floor of the addition, you’ll see the problem that I want to avoid repeating, which is having vertical seams of one course line up over the vertical seams of the next course.
What I’m looking for is the most efficient (both in labor and materials) method of installation while avoiding stacked seams.
I’ll reward the person with the best answer with a free subscription to TiC!