So far, this has been my favorite part. I mean, it was still super difficult and time consuming and exhausting, but the end result was better than I ever expected and definitely worth it!
I purchased my siding from Lakeside Lumber in Lake Oswego. They were very helpful with picking out types of siding and stains, as well as figuring out how much wood I would need. I ordered 1,500 linear feet of 1"x6" tongue and groove, grade A & better, clear cedar siding, smooth side facing out. I had Lakeside Lumber factory stain the boards for me, which set the price at $2.25/linear foot, totalling $3,375. DEFINITELY the most expensive part of my house at this point, after my trailer (at $3,580). They delivered the siding to my house for free and we got started soon after!
First we attached DuPont RainVent Batten (which I also purchased at Lakeside Lumber) vertically, placed over studs on the outside of the house wrap. We also added the rain batten horizontally along the tops and bottoms of the walls.
Once we got the first row of siding installed, we quickly moved up the walls! We did our best to space out the seams, and did SO much measuring and cutting. So, so, sooooo much. We also did really well at saving shorter pieces of siding and using them elsewhere, especially on the two shorter walls.
Below is the process we used to install each board.
We purchased a huge tarp to throw over the whole house so that we could still work while it rained. It was cold and windy and it sucked.
Next up, finish caulking around all of the windows and door frame!