FANCY CEDAR SIDEWALL SHINGLING: Creating Your Own Classic Details

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The fancy cedar sidewall shingles in the peak of this house didn’t take long to cut from regular shingles, but it adds an aire of beauty and refinement for years.

Normally I’m not a fan of wood siding. It just doesn’t last long enough to be worthwhile in my book, and it’s always needing paint or stain. But things are different when it comes to cedar sidewall shingles. Applied to walls, cedar shingles last much longer than any other wood siding option. They also look great where modern siding would be glaringly out of place.

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There are many patterns that look good for fancy sidewall shingling. This century-old summer home on Mackinac Island, Michigan shows patterns not normally seen.

As good as they are, cedar sidewall shingles look even better if you work fancy details into your installation. It’s easier than it looks and the results are one-of-a-kind beauty. Watch my quick video below on one of my favourite ways of making fancy cedar sidewall shingles look terrific. It’s one of the 45 videos in my how-to course COZY CABIN – plans and step-by-step how-to instruction on building your own tiny house, even if you’ve never built anything before.

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