We have built a cabin (24' x 36' single story on slab foundation) in an area that gets a decent amount of rain, (Northwestern Wisconsin).
The cabin has Western Red Cedar siding that we are going to sand, stain and seal. We are going to install gutters but want to also use some sort of method to eliminate splash-back onto the siding from diagonal rain and rain that isn't captured well by the gutters. The lowest siding board is about 6-8" from the ground, (see pictures).
Currently there is a slight slope of the grade leading away from the cabin. There is currently only a dirt cover, no grass, etc., surrounding the foundation.
Can we slope the grade away from the foundation or will that lower the insulation affects from the ground cover?
What degree of slope should the grade have?
What would be the best type of ground cover to have to reduce splash-back, (e.g. brick laid at a 40 degree angle, crushed stone, pea gravel)?
Should we dig out some of the ground cover, further away from the foundation, to create more of a slope?
Thanks for any help you can give in advance.