Cape Cod siding Tag

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18 Sep Westmount | Exterior

Jonathan and his team are fast crossing things off that long list at our Westmount renovation. And that was just the interior! We have also commenced work on the extensive list of upgrades that are being embarked upon on the exterior. -Stripped complete exterior cladding and fascia/soffit from house -Installation Vaproshield building wrap on entire house -Installation of cladding rain screen -Installation of new cape cod siding, cap cod v-joint soffit and cape cod wooden fascia boards -House will also be re-roofed. ...

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21 Aug Walnut St | Product choices

A new rear exterior clad with Cape Cod Wood Siding is a natural choice on a job like this. These gorgeous old homes have stood the test of time and earned the right to be repaired and restored with quality materials. The rear entryway was removed and rebuilt with rough sawn spruce that is treated with Lifetime. Lifetime is an all natural wood preservative used as an alternative to toxic treatments and poisons for outdoor applications. It's truly an environmentally friendly wood treatment product. After application, and over time, with exposure to the weather that usually causes the wood finish to deteriate, Lifetime treated wood is enhanced. The stunning grey and silver tones are beautiful. This finish treatment is a great choice for tying the old and new together in a restoration project. ...

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07 Aug Black Point | progress

Outdoor living spaces have been fitted with convenient storage cupboards and built in bench seating. Relaxed decking and that stunning tricolour cladding settle the build into the landscape and invite you to explore the beach and stunning vista beyond. This MRB design provides our owner with the convenience of an attached carport that steps right onto the deck. With the inspectors tick of approval on the framing, electrical and plumbing indoors, Scottie and the team will see the spray in foam insulation commence today. When insulation is complete, the team can begin with interior finishes. Modest in size, but proud in attention to detail and design, I am loving watching this build grow. ...

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17 Jul Black Point | Shades of Grey

I was fortunate enough to attend a lecture by textile artist Kaffe Fassett titled 'Glorious Colour'. Reknown for his strong, bold, contrast use of colour, I was astounded by his appreciation and love of 'Grey'. 'Grey' is what Scottie and his team have seen this week at the Black Point site. Soft ocean spray, sea mist and the stunning colour choices of Cape Cod cladding by in house MRB architect really settle this build into the landscape. Almost like camouflage. While the north and west walls are clad in vertical grey, the south and east walls feature a horizontal combination of colour. LOVE IT! ...

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15 May Clifton St | Dream Home

The progress at Clifton St this week has been phenomonal. It started with the basement concrete pour early Monday morning and by Wednesday afternoon the team are fast making this Nova Scotian Dream Home a reality! The walls are being clad with a pre finished product from Cape Cod. 'This product joins traditional value with advanced technology. The top quality finish is applied under strict factory conditions resulting in a maximum protection uniform finish that cannot be achieved with field applied paint'. As you can see in the pictures below, aesthetically speaking, this modern design, is really going to blend nicely with its period built neighbours. ...

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MRB Contracting, Shoebox, Kingsburg, cladding, siding

23 Jul The importance of proper rain screening

What's a rain screen? Here's the Wiki definition: ..the rainscreen is the first interruption between conditions that exist on the outside of a walled building and conditions that are required on the inside of a walled building. [caption id="attachment_2577" align="aligncenter" width="510"] VentGrid rain screen provides a 1/2" air space between the moisture barrier and cladding.[/caption] Weather in the Maritimes is of often characterized by driving rain and gale force winds. Keeping water from entering behind exterior walls is practically impossible. A proper rain screen allows both drainage and air flow -ensuring that water drains and dries. We use various forms of rain screen depending on the cladding program. Below is an interesting abbreviated history of previous technology solutions that failed. Our friends over at Keel Agencies originally posted this article written by Dan Morrison for Builder Magazine. [caption id="attachment_2211" align="aligncenter" width="478"] 5/4" pressure treated strapping provides over an 1" of air space.[/caption] 1930s Paint peels off walls after wall cavities are filled with a new product — insulation. Because walls do not dry evenly in an insulated wall, moisture pushed its way outward. Result: Paint peeled off in sheets, first “insulation is evil" cries break the airwaves. Solution: vapor retarders, like kraft-faced insulation 1970s Vapor retarders graduate...

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MRB Contracting, cladding, Kingsburg, new construction

28 Jan Monday’s field notes

Last week was beautiful with clear skies and amazing light. With the clear skies came cold weather. Air temps hovered below -10 C. for the entire week. Cold enough that some of the more sheltered bays around Kingsburg were frozen. It's strange to see a frozen briny ocean. It even seemed as if the tides had stopped affecting the shoreline along the bay roads. We spent the week working mostly on Kingsburg 1 - finishing off the Cape Cod siding and installing the skirting and decks. The place is coming together nicely. The drywall crew braved icy roads and finished up their side of things not without their own challenges from the cold.       The James Street portfolio had a few photo additions. The kitchens were fitted with modern minimalist Baltic birch cabinets. Concrete floors in the kitchen give way to beautiful hardwood floors throughout the rest of the space.   Hope you enjoyed the first on our Team Profile series featuring Mike Burns. Keep an eye for a new profile on Thursday. And as always, thanks for stopping by!...

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MRB Contracting, siding, Kingsburg, Nova Scotia, custom homes

13 Dec Cape Cod siding at Kingsburg 1

Cape Cod siding is a beautiful product. It demands the utmost attention to detail during installation to ensure a clean uniform finish. It exacts a carpenters skills and patience as every single piece must be cut to size with either 45, 22.5, 15, or 5 degree angle depending on where the piece is going to land. In addition, all fresh cuts are painted, nail holes near ends are pre-drilled, and joints are glued with PL construction adhesive. As rows go on they are checked to ensure that they are plumb or level depending on orientation. The end result? You'll see soon enough. One thing is for certain, you can't beat the durability of wood siding.             ...

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MRB Coontracting, exterior finish, cladding, siding, Halifax North End, urban renewal

27 Sep Cape Cod siding on James Street

The team split up this week to cover a calender full of projects. While a few of the guys went down to Kingsburg to begin framing Kingsburg 1, some remained in Halifax to finish up the exterior of the James Street project. For cladding we chose Cape Cod finished wood siding. It's a locally sourced product that not only provides the long wearing benefits of wood siding, but also gives the house a beautiful facade. [caption id="attachment_1058" align="alignleft" width="510"] We've had a few people stop by and ask about the lattice. We use lattice to provide air movement behind the siding. We also use tar paper for its water wicking and breathability characteristics. The two work in tandem to keep water out and to allow airflow to dissipate any moisture that may enter.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1060" align="alignleft" width="510"] A table saw, compound miter saw, and a builders level are essential tools for this project. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_1059" align="alignleft" width="510"] Moving steadily from the bottom on up, Andrew lines up another board and drives a stainless colour-matched nail to anchor it.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1062" align="alignleft" width="510"] Halfway up and we're closer to finishing up one side. Check in with us often for photos of the completed...

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