James Hardie Artisan Panel – Bellevue Siding
Artisan Siding Panel Installed on Bellevue Home
Synapse construction was recently contracted to provide siding services for a home remodel in Bellevue, WA The owner decided re-side his residence using James Hardie, Artisan panels.
The main difference from the standard hardie panel is the artisan is twice as thick and utilizes a tongue and groove connection at the butt joints The added thickness gives a more traditional or wood siding look.
The draw back to the artisan is it’s weight Because it’s twice as thick it is also twice as heavy which slows down installation a little Also because of the thickness of the artisan siding material, thicker trim material must be used (ie:? corner batts, window trim, belly bands, etc) Traditional brick molding used around doors is not as thick as would be desirable to accommodate the thicker siding This problem can be solved by extending the door jamb 1/4″ or so and padding out the brick mold with 1/4″ material.
The Hardie Artisan siding does provide a more traditional and substantial look over standard Hardi panels The wood grain texture matches up well with the t & g butt joint connections However upon close inspections it is evident that it is a wood substitute The Hardie Artisan panel siding is also quite a bit more expensive than the standard hardie panels.
All in all the owner of the house that Synapse Construction is installing the James Hardie Artisan Panel siding on is pleased with the look For home owners that have specific aesthetic sensibilities about their horizontal siding may find the increase in cost worth the more substantive look.
I will be posting finished pictures of this project shortly Stay tuned…
By, Kyle Keever