We will cut off the bottom half of the boards and install HardiePlank Lap Siding that will match the look of the siding on our house. This way we can save the boards that are still in good shape. We will replace the boards that are bad at the top, replace all the battens with HardieTrim battens, which will hold up better in our climate, and repaint the whole thing. Here is the best sample I could come up with of our vision.
In the sample above, I added a small window next to the door and replaced the door with one that has a window. My husband’s work space will be where the small window is placed. This window will give him more natural light there and also lets us look into our back yard so we can keep an eye on our little ones. I also show the window on side “no. 2” a little larger. I am hoping to convince my husband to switch the windows from side “no. 3” to side “no.2” and vice versa. I’ll explain this move a little later when I show you some interior pictures.