Meanwhile, the crew of Brown and Barry Carpentry have been working on getting the siding on as weather has allowed. Carol and I chose to use Meranti vertical siding for the first floor of the home and cedar clapboards for the walkout basement level. We used the horizontal clapboards to break up the vertical facade of the home with color and texture. Meranti is a fast growing hardwood made from Shorea trees that grow in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines that has a look similar to Mahogany. Both the Meranti and cedar clapboards will require very little maintenance beyond periodic oil applications and will stand up well to the wind driven rain and snow over time. The trim at the top is Azec which is a paintable PVC product also designed to stand up to the elements. Unfortunately Carol and I had not figured out our exterior color schemes when it was installed so I’ll be on a ladder in the spring painting it a dark brown to match the window trim.