January 9th, 2012


One of my favorite parts of Harpoon House is the siding. Early in the process when developing the initial concept for our house we were really interested in the idea of aging gracefully… And that certain materials, when allowed to show their age, can be extremely long lived with very little maintenance. I’ve been noticing lately that this aging has begun to happen in a very visible way. For reference, the image below is how our siding looked when we moved in almost two years ago.

Over the next several years, the siding will become more of an austere silver much like many homes out on the coast.

The siding is in a constant state of change that I’ve found constantly delightful. Above is how our house can look when wet. Many people are very convinced that in order to keep cedar beautiful, it needs to be refinished every few years… This way you can maintain its natural pink/orange/salmon color, but that is such a limited view of what this material is capable of.


  1. I love your house (and I rarely like modern boxy houses). I do have a question about the siding. It apparently is just a skin for show. What is behind it that does the heavy lifting (keeping the elements out)?

    I have saved this photo and (with your permission) will use it when I write an article on wood siding. It is nice to see something besides lap siding (as wonderful as lap siding is it is a bit overdone).

    I also like the ecoroof. Someday I will write an article on that. Would love to have one.

    Keep up the good work. Joffre at http://www.house-design-coffee.com .

    Comment by Joffre Essley — February 22, 2012 @ 19:29
  2. Hello:

    I’m a contractor in Salem Oregon. i have a client who is looking at doing the exterior of their house in the same fashion as your house. i have a lot of questions on the weather barrier you used under the siding, What type of furring strips are under the siding and if you have any problems with bugs or wasps nesting behind the siding. Have you had any leaks any where? . Did you put any weathering stain on the siding before you installed it? If you could email me back that would be great.

    Thank you,

    Tyler Kolb

    Comment by Tyler Kolb — February 26, 2012 @ 20:25

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