Finishing previous owners siding and trim work


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Old 08-22-12, 08:16 AM
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Finishing previous owners siding and trim work

I have 3 different projects that I need to address and need some suggestions/ideas.

1. The bay window needs to be finished on the bottom. The footer board is exposed. The height of the exposed wall is 4".

2. It seems like the previous owner wanted to make the sliding glass doors stand out. The distance between the doors and white aluminum trim is roughly 11". The height between the doors and the top is 28".

3. Is this a pediment? I'm not sure what the thought was here. The white trim is aluminum and the edge sits flush to the wall. H 34 1/4", W 19 3/4". (This is on a garage that faces the road.)

I do have plenty of leftover yellow vinyl siding that I can use if needed. Thanks for any and all comments.
 
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Old 08-22-12, 03:43 PM
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Wow. Well, first off, I hope that bay window has cables that hold its weight up. The thing to do will probably be to insulate the bottom of the bay w/2" of rigid foam and then build some support panels underneath the window, pitched back/down at a 45 angle, which would involve removing some vinyl siding. I'd probably cover those support panels with some smooth fiber cement, and trim the edges with a pvc trim such as Azek.

Around the patio doors, I'd just get yourself some j-channel that's the right color and put vinyl siding up around the doors, just make sure you line up the laps with the existing siding on either side.

And on that weird dunce hat pediment, I have no idea what they were thinking there. Was the former owner in the KKK? If you want to keep it, I'd cut a sheet of smooth fiber cement to fit in that triangle, and caulk the edges. (you'd have to raise it up about 1/2" so it doesn't sit in water in that top j-channel over the window.) Or rip off the white trim completely and do the same thing, just use a bigger piece.

If you wanted to get a little more involved, you could remove that triangle trim entirely, and replace all the siding above the window to make it look like it was never there- which would involve taking down the siding on the left and right sides of the window and then rehang it all so as to eliminate that space above the window.

If you want that window to be some sort of feature for some reason, you could also cut the siding back and add new j-channels that are vertical, and install some sort of different texture siding in the rectangular space above the window. Scallops, shake shingle, stucco... whatever, and then maybe paint it a darker color that compliments the rest of the house. But generally, there would be no reason to focus attention on a window on a garage.

...and I almost forgot... welcome!
 
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Old 08-23-12, 01:55 PM
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Thanks for the welcome.


I assume the bay window has support cables as I can see the two threaded bolts with nuts attached. Do you think that it needs the additional support? I was thinking of attaching the 2" rigid foam then a 3/4" plywood nailer under that followed by vinyl soffit. But, if I need the additional support, this won't work. The window has been on the house for quite some time without weight issue. Will the additional weight of the above materials stress it too much?


Here is a better picture of the window that includes the above trim:
 
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I was hoping it had cables! Since the cables are there, then the foam, plywood and soffit will work well. You might want to attach a 2x2 behind those bottom nailing fins before doing that, though, so that some face trim will have something solid to nail to later. And be SUPER positive that any screws or nails that you put in are not so long that come up through the seat of the bow!
 
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Old 08-24-12, 02:24 PM
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I think the triangles of the windows are part of a theme with the big triangle on the porch roof.
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