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CheriAlli 10-12-2010 06:18 PM

regarding wood (stick building) for house construction

After much thought and hearing so many pros and cons for fiber cement I must ask about regular wood.

Have heard that if you use the rough side of timber it's cheaper...
is this true???

(Trying to build and save money also wanted to be eco friendly...
obviously eco friendly will not be an option with wood.)

kwikfishron 10-12-2010 07:01 PM

Cheri, I do a lot of siding and once I have the numbers (sq. ft./trim ft. etc.) I can give you a bid on Hardi, Vinyl, Cedar lap or shingles in just a few minutes.

Your siding contractor should be able to the same thing.

I’m not sure when you say “rough side of timber” means. What is the timber, Cedar, Pine, mahogany?

If you want cheap, go with Vinyl. You don’t have to paint it but just remember Vinyl is not final and will end up in a landfill some day. How eco friendly is that?

Hardi would be cheap #2 and looks just fine from the street and in short runs but if you have large walls of mostly siding it looks cheap too IMO.

Cedar siding is timeless. Whether oiled, painted or natural it’s a 30-50 year product.

In my area Vinyl lap is about $300- $400 a sq. Hardi $300-$400 plus paint. TK Cedar lap $550-650, Cedar shingles $600- $750.

If your set on Hardi consider Hardi B&B. 4x8 sheets of Hardi with 1x3 cedar battens covering the fasteners and a belly band between floors. A great look if done right.

The choice is yours, it’s your wallet.

Gary in WA 10-12-2010 08:19 PM

Sounds like framing with rough wood (not kiln dried). Don't do it unless for a backyard shed. There will be so much shrinking of the lumber that is impossible to guess at. You may be able to figure some of the locations and possibly the amounts, but the rest will create havoc. Unless no lumberyards or box stores are nearby and you will be cutting, splitting and air-drying your own trees, dismiss the idea. You would need to work closely with your local Building Inspector on this. Nay, my 2 cents.....


jlhaslip 10-12-2010 08:38 PM

Building a project in my location that is under a Building Permit requires graded, stamped lumber.
Rough sawn wood is rarely graded or stamped.

Bondo 10-13-2010 05:58 AM


(Trying to build and save money also wanted to be eco friendly...
obviously eco friendly will not be an option with wood.)
Ayuh,... Wood is carbon neutral,... Are you still talkin' about Siding, or are you talkin' about Framing,..??

CheriAlli 10-13-2010 12:32 PM

Wow thanks for the info.
I am getting smarter every day!

CheriAlli 10-13-2010 12:36 PM

talking building a new home...

woodgirl 10-13-2010 02:59 PM

Have you considered a timber frame of reclaimed wood for the structure?

How eco-friendly are we talking, because there is a trend towards tree bark for the siding. It requires no sealers which means no chemical runoff. Strategically placed, tree bark can achieve stunning results!

CheriAlli 10-14-2010 08:02 AM

i just looked at your pics...beautiful work.
wish you lived closer to us! ;)
we are building a more contemporary home (L shape) and want the wood to look in keeping with everything, decking rail will be wood and cable (i'm sure you've seen it before.)
any particular wood you would recommend??? having one hell of a time trying to figure it out!

CheriAlli 10-14-2010 08:07 AM

what is timber frame? is that anything like "rough wood" because this has been discussed earlier in the thread and i got some very neg. info about above.
we were going to go fiber cement (info in another thread - topic - fiber cement) for the eco-friendly and cost-effectiveness...but now after reading quite a bit about it wondering if we should just bite the bullet and build stick!
it will cost about $7,000. more up here in Massachusetts.
any thoughts on this???

woodgirl 10-14-2010 08:33 AM


Originally Posted by CheriAlli (Post 516683)
what is timber frame?

I put 2 pics in my album

CheriAlli 10-14-2010 09:38 AM

woodgirl your work is beautiful!

woodgirl 10-14-2010 10:10 AM


Originally Posted by CheriAlli (Post 516720)
woodgirl your work is beautiful!

Thanks! :thumbsup:

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