As my architect nears the completion of the exterior design I'm starting to seriously consider my siding options on the new house. I was so excited when I cam across a reclaim store in Durham (30 miles south of the new property) that sells barnwood... well everything. This place seriously has it all, from hand hewn beams, barnwood planks to raw edge tree cuts. Seriously everything.
For a long while now I've been in love with homes that have barnwood exteriors like these...
I'm not too worried about this barnwood fad going out, mainly because I grew up with barnwood stuff. My mother really loved the look of it and included it in most things in our home. I do wonder how it will hold up against bugs and elements over time, as well as how often or even how to clean the exterior of the house. It's not really a commonly used material so there aren't too many specialists I can call upon, at least not in our area.
Not to mention barnwood averages between 4-7 dollars per foot, with mid grade vinyl coming in at about $1.60 and cedar clapboard at about $4 a foot.
So I guess with all of these factors coming into play is it worth all the fuss or should I turn to something more conventional and save my pennies for something more exciting?