Siding questions for 1870's farmhouse. WWYD?
We're in the process of trying to figure out what to do with our old farmhouse--it has the original wood siding underneath 1950's aluminum siding (see pics below...current pic and before aluminum siding). Insulation has been blown in (see little gray holes all over...thanks, PO!), so I know there's some work to be done on the original siding at the very least. Have no idea what kind of shape it's in.
I don't think we will be able to afford fixing the wood siding underneath and getting it repainted all the time. Two-teacher budget, three little kids, more renovations needed on the inside as well. It's a pretty big house (3100 sf on the main two floors with a full attic)--and very tall. We don't feel comfortable doing the painting ourselves, even though our budget is more DIY than anything!
Surprisingly, an old Victorian up the street which was in rough shape, just got vinyl siding--three different colors (white, light gray, dark gray) with scalloping and some fancy trimwork, and I hate to admit that it looks GREAT. I mean, really sharp. Maybe not to a true historian, but it's a vast improvement and looks really clean and sharp. Made me rethink vinyl siding, to be honest.
What would you do with it? I'm getting an estimate next week on vinyl and Hardiboard--pretty sure even the price of vinyl and scalloping/trim with shutters for the 35+ windows is going to make me faint--can't even imagine what the Hardiboard price would be. We're not big into loans and would prefer to save up to do this project in a year or two when we can get a good chunk saved up. Any guesses as to the cost of residing this beast? How about repainting??
If it helps at all, we are not technically in any historic district where colors/materials are mandated. Sure, there are some old homes here and there, but a lot of nondescript 1950's bungalows/capes/ranches all around us as well.
What would you do??
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Sarah from Albany, NY