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Holy moly!! I just built an addition on my garage and I need approx 400 square feet of 18" grooved Cedar wood shingles to match the existing shingles that are on my house and the original part of the garage I added to.
I went to The Home Depot and they want $90.00 for a carton of 25 square feet. That would cost me $1440.00 for shingles alone! Thats as much as I spent for all the lumber to build it and the architechural asphalt roofing shingles combined. I am now rethinking what to do about siding the addition because I only budgeted about $400.00 to side it.
I was thinking T1-11 and staining it the same color as my house (gray) but Home Depot, Lowes and the local lumber yards have many choices when it comes to 4 x 8 sheets of exterior wall covering. My addition is currently sheathed with 7/16" OSB.
Anyway, any suggestions would be appreciated. I was very surprised at how much wood shingles cost! Even the smooth ones are $40.00 a bundle. For some reason, I thought they were going to be inexpensive.
Here is a pic of the addition.
 

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The square footage is actually closer to 360.
I already have 7/16 OSB sheathing and Tyvek installed.
What would be the most cost effective solution for siding? I am quickly running out of money on this project and I only have about $400.00 total to do the siding.
I was looking at that Hardie planking. It needs to be special ordered.
The local Home Depot and Lowes also have exterior 3/8" cement board in 4 x 8 sheets that comes preprimed. It looks a little like T1-11.
I am thinking the least expensive way to do it is with 4 x 8 sheets of something instead of planks or shingles although I do like the way the Hardie board looks.
 
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