Friday, May 13, 2011

Sweet Siding!

One of the projects we knew we were going to have to tackle right away was the exterior on the right side of the house (it's attached on the left so that's not a problem). The exterior wall was covered with a material called Insulbrick - a material that was super popular back in the day. Basically, Insulbrick is a fibreboard sheathing coated with tar and a granular material (like shingles), then stamped to look like bricks. And it's gross.

{during the home inspection, taken from on top of the neighbour's roof}
Our Insulbrick was quite old and you can see the holes in it so we really wanted to get rid of it before it snowed. Luckily, hubby knows a guy through work who came out and installed beautiful siding for us in about 5 working days. And let me tell you, it was NOT an easy task. See how close we are to the neighbours? We can barely squeeze a bike through that laneway nevermind scaffolding or extension ladders. What the guy had to do was climb a ladder off our back porch onto the neighbour's roof, then create a platform (no one lives there) to reach up high.

The siding is gigantic improvement and we've actually had a couple neighbour's comment on how much they like it. Point for us!
(Fun Fact: if you look through the laneway to the backyard you can see that the first picture was taken in the summer when we bought the house and the second was taken in November when we acually completed this project)

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