Dress Up a Gable With Shiplap Siding
This traditional detail is fast to install and adds historic charm, even on a new house
The towns surrounding Boston are a hive of building and remodeling work, so I’m not exaggerating when I say that if you stopped in at my local building department in Wellesley, Mass., you would learn that the department issues about 80 permits a year for new homes. Of those 80 permits, most are for expensive spec homes being built from plans that look like they all came from the same house-design website or that include default details that seemingly came straight from house-design software. For the seven to eight houses my company builds each year, we try to be the exception rather than the norm.
Wellesley is full of historic houses, so we like to give a nod to the surrounding architecture by incorporating classic details in our new builds. One of our favorite custom elements is to change up the type of siding on different parts of a house. For…