Giving our house a facelift
March 18, 2014 4:22 PM Subscribe
Our house has ugly, dirty, dented, hole-y vinyl siding. I hate it and want to replace it.
Problems: We live in a cheap neighborhood and don't want to overdo it, and we are short on cash.
Immediate issue: There is a huge hole in the back of our house where there was once a door. The hole is drywalled on the inside and the outside is plywood covered in tar paper (with insulation in between inside & outside). This is both ugly, and I'm assuming, after 2 years, not all that weather proof. We have not replaced the siding over the hole yet because we hate the current siding and didn't want to spend money on any more like it.
1. Are there any inexpensive siding choices besides vinyl, or can you recommend a type of vinyl that is not hideous? (Ours looks like this
Bonus if it is DIYable for two people who have decent DIY skills (i.e. we own multiple saws and have built some furniture, tiled, and drywalled).
* There is original 60-year-old wood siding underneath the current vinyl. I don't know how that affects our options or our DIY possibilities.
2. Is there any reason why we can't replace the siding just on the back of the house right now and do the other sides when we have more money? Or is it all-or-nothing kind of deal due to corners, trim, etc?