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Re: 8 Ways to Make Vinyl Siding Look its Best

Definitions of 'green' take into account life cycle costs.

Vinyl is a green enough product because it is durable. Stains and paints are mild poisons that have to be reapplied frequently. (You say 25 years, but my experience is closer to 5.)
The wood fiber and the fly ash in Hardi products are scrap or recycled, so they're green too.
Using wood is green only if the wood is responsibly farmed and shipped, and a lot of it isn't.

My problem with vinyl is that it's ugly, and this article goes a fair way to address the parts that make it ugly. I would have liked to see more pointers on ways to get around using j-mold.

Re: Cedar Wood Shed

no footings? might be fine, because who cares if a shed moves a few inches. update us after the first or second winters, let us know.

Re: How to Convert a Closet into a Laundry Room

I think it's important to tell readers that a typical closet is 2' deep and a laundry closet with storage built in to the doors would need more than 3' of depth.
Like another reader, I was curious about the drain pan and venting. Since you elevated the washer ( good idea, but why not 2'?) I assume the box is there to accomodate drain.