Our cardboard house, circa 1986 (correction 1987) is in serious need of NEW siding. We're keeping but painting the old cedar fascia, with repairs as needed. The rest will get covered in house wrap ( unfortunately, we can't afford a fluid applied moisture and air barrier) a layer of vertical wood furring strips and finished with free horizontally oriented rusty corrugated metal from an old fallen down chicken house northeast of Elkins. The metal trim is new galvanized break metal trim from a local metal building company dimensioned from their standard profiles to work with our metal. The stone is sandstone from backroad scavenging southeast of town. The future new metal roof will come as funding is available.
Minus our blood, sweat and tears, we have estimated it will take roughly $1200 to make our house look very up to date and modern, complete with a decent moisture and air barrier and a homemade rain screen. The roof is NOT in that estimate.
More slide shows will be added as progress is made. Check back if you like where this is going, we have a few unusual, but what we think are pretty cool, surprises that may be useful for fellow homesteader dreamers or beautiful for those that share the appreciation for that rusty ruinous aesthetic. A few of these hinted things should manifest once we turn the corner from the porch and start down the south side of the house. My guess is that all in all, our homespun (DYI) siding project will take the better part of half a year.