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Siding a house


Joanne Kinsey
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I need help.  I’m renovating a house for the first time. It doesn’t have any windows or doors and the openings are not standard size. I will have to make them from scratch.  My question is do I make the windows first and install them and then cut the siding or do I install the siding and then fit the windows?  Any help is appreciated.  


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Rachel Karpf
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Great question! I would personally install the windows and then do the siding. Especially if the siding is thick because then your windows might not be thick enough.

What house are you renovating?


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Holly McCaig
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I ended up making my own windows because I couldn't find pre-made ones that would fit that was styled how I wanted them to be. In that case, I'd do siding first, then windows if you can make them yourself. If you can't. Then I agree with Rachel, I'd figure out those first, then do the siding. 

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Joanne Kinsey
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@holly-mccaig thanks!  The windows are not standard.  I will be 

making them so I guess the siding first and then I can see what thickness I need for the windows.  Also the window openings are all rounded and not flat.  I had to carve out the corners to square them off.  Wasn’t easy!


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Joanne Kinsey
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@rachelkarpf I am renovating my daughters doll house from about 1990.  I think it might have been a European manufacturer because nothing is standard and it came prebuilt without windows or doors.


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Holly McCaig
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@joiek My Vermont Farmhouse Jr had rounded corners too - annoying. I ended up cutting some 1/8 acrylic for the glass in my windows to help with the depth of the hole. 

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Joanne Kinsey
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@holly-mccaig 


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Joanne Kinsey
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@holly-mccaig   Going to try that also.  Another question. Do you paint the siding before or after installation?  And what is the best paint finish. Flat, matte, satin, egg shell or semi gloss?


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Holly McCaig
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@joiek I painted the insides of my walls before putting them together, but I painted my outside after. I guess some people like to paint it all before assembly. 

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Rachel Karpf
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I like to paint the siding before if possible. @joiek can we see pics of your house?


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Joanne Kinsey
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@rachelkarpf yes if I can figure out how to do that lol


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