Siding a Tiny House with Up-cycled Fencing

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This may not be the easiest way to produce a pretty exterior for your home, but we were set on using recycled material and we’re happy with the results.

We happened to be in the city and with some time to spare we decided to look for lumber we could use for siding. We had not decided whether to use shingles, ship lap or board and batten as we began perusing Craigslist. We somehow came to the idea (I can’t claim that this was an original thought because I truly don’t remember) to find old cedar and/or redwood fencing – a cheap and weather-resilient material.20141028_16465120141103_174134

The fence panels were old and weathered. It was clear that planks and whole panels had been replaced over the years. As I started removing planks from the cross-members, it became evident that not all of the wood was usable. I cut off the splintered and knotty pieces and began screwing the mismatched lumber to the exterior. It all came together much nicer than expected as a mosaic of color unfurled.

What I expected to take 4-5 days took nearly 3 weeks to complete! I took my time ensuring the edges were flush and the trim fit nicely. We ran out of fencing material and settled on corrugated metal for much of the north and east sides of the house. I plan to use muriatic acid to remove the tin coating and let the steel find a nice patina, but that can wait. We will also be placing a clear coat over the siding to protect it from the elements.

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In summation for $180 in lumber, $20 in screws and $80 in corrugated metal we made the exterior nice to look at. We used only a skill saw and cordless drill for this phase of the project and a healthy dose of patience. Now it’s time for wiring…