Generation NEXT: Wrap it up
Tom Silva and apprentice Erick Ellison make sure the Brookline house will breathe
At the Brookline mid-century-modern house, plans call for a combination of vertical and horizontal cedar siding on the exterior of the old and new parts of the house.
But before the siding can be installed, Tom Silva makes sure that the wood will be able to breathe while also repelling moisture by applying some well-chosen materials. Helping him do the work recently was Erick Ellison, one of the Generation NEXT apprentices from summer 2018 who returned in the fall to lend a hand.
“We added a rainscreen cedar breather matrix on top of the house-wrap system for the addition,” Tom explains. On the existing walls, they added a micro nonporous layer on the old sheathing, and then added the matrix.
The final layer: cedar siding. “You want to be sure you’re allowing that cedar to breathe but also keep out the water,” says Tom. For Erick, it was one more much-appreciated opportunity to learn from the best: “There are so many steps that go into doing a renovation right,” he says. “It’s amazing to be able to learn from someone like Tom Silva.”