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tony the volunteer
Vinal Siding a Home Build On A Hill
tony the volunteer

I'm a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and we're building a new home here in CT. We've all installed vinal siding on homes where the concrete foundation is at the same level around the whole perimeter. But this house is being built on a hill. The home owner will be able to walk out of the basement via French doors. Imagine you're looking at the front of the home. Here the foundation is of one level. Now along each side of the home the foundation continues at that same height for 10 feet. Then it drops down three feet. Now it runs at this height for six feet. Then it drops down three more feet. Now it runs at this height to the back of the house. Here is the question. Where do we start measuring for the starter strips? The front of the house? The lowest point on the sides of the house? I've been unable to find any ****** info on this matter. Thanks

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Vinal Siding a Home Build On A Hill
HoustonRemodeler

Round these parts we must have a bare minimum of 6 clear inches of foundation showing (we worry about termites)

Since y'all get snow, you might wanna check the local building code. How high is it on the neighbors house in this hilly area ?

A. Spruce

Siding typically follows the plate line of the house, which means it will stair step with the foundation and be an inch or so below the top of the foundation

dj1
tony the volunteer wrote:

I'm a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and we're building a new home here in CT. We've all installed vinal siding on homes where the concrete foundation is at the same level around the whole perimeter. But this house is being built on a hill. The home owner will be able to walk out of the basement via French doors. Imagine you're looking at the front of the home. Here the foundation is of one level. Now along each side of the home the foundation continues at that same height for 10 feet. Then it drops down three feet. Now it runs at this height for six feet. Then it drops down three more feet. Now it runs at this height to the back of the house. Here is the question. Where do we start measuring for the starter strips? The front of the house? The lowest point on the sides of the house? I've been unable to find any ****** info on this matter. Thanks

You start at the lowest point. In your example it will be the area that drops an additional three feet.

Fencepost

I would make the base measurement on the front of the house, where it's visible from the street, to ensure that the bottom course of siding is full-width.

On the sides and rear, you can get away with partial-width courses.

It's an aesthetics thing.

tony the volunteer
Re: Vinal Siding a Home Build On A Hill
tony the volunteer
HoustonRemodeler wrote:

Round these parts we must have a bare minimum of 6 clear inches of foundation showing (we worry about termites)

Since y'all get snow, you might wanna check the local building code. How high is it on the neighbors house in this hilly area ?

The back of the house has a good 18" of foundation showing. So far it's been a great winter. Only one inch of snow.

tony the volunteer
Re: Vinal Siding a Home Build On A Hill
tony the volunteer
Fencepost wrote:

I would make the base measurement on the front of the house, where it's visible from the street, to ensure that the bottom course of siding is full-width.

On the sides and rear, you can get away with partial-width courses.

It's an aesthetics thing.

Of all the responses so far, yours is the one I've favored doing. I have a building committee meeting on Monday. This will be a topic of discussion.

Fencepost

I failed to mention: you want to try set it up so that you also get a full course of siding at the top row, too.

Note that some varieties of vinyl siding are manufactured so that each piece comprises two courses.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

I'd start at the front or the longest constant-level part. As each section steps down from there I'd go in multiples of a full siding course. Thus you may be attaching some starter strip to block but that is OK using vinyl starter- don't use aluminum starter there (electrolysis). Used to be a tough process but today Tapcon screws make it easy.

Select the siding width based on the steps- D4 is a likely a good choice as it allows 8" multiples which coincide with block height. Once you've got it all ready to go, use that first long area as your baseline, marking it all the way round the house level and true. For the step downs measure to that line and you'll get a perfect fit. Remember to check the siding itself for the step-down starters; some D4's are not exactly 8" width and you need to match what you've got.

Kudos on volunteering for Habitat. All those around here have gone to folks who well deserved them. They take pride in their new homes and take good care of them.

Phil