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March 9, 2015
The versatile, hardy fiber-cement panel is a go-to finish for architects looking for durable, reliable, and flexible cladding—it's the ultimate modern material.
Prefab floating home in Seattle with fiber cement panels on the facade

The exterior of a floating house in Seattle is clad with fiber cement panels from James Hardie painted in three slightly different hues: Fiery Opal, Navajo Red, and Rich Chestnut by Benjamin Moore.

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Originally appeared in This Couple Merrily Floats Along in Seattle
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Modern Japanese hilltop home wood-fiber cement panels by Koa Funen and laminated veneer lumber by Key-Tec

Wood-fiber cement panels by Koa Funen line the interior of the Geo Metria House in Japan, and the criss-crossing laminated veneer lumber beams are from Key-Tec.

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Originally appeared in This Hillside Home Exchanges Walls for Bookshelves
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Industrial kitchen built on a budget.

A tight construction budget informed the choices Sean Guess made as he designed a house for a couple in Austin, Texas. Budget-minded materials, like the James Hardie fiber-cement siding, helped hold construction costs to $130 per square foot. Sherwin-Williams’s Cyberspace hue colors the exterior and Parakeet coats the custom kitchen cabinets by Austin Wood Works. The planter is made from Cor-Ten steel.

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Ryann Ford
Originally appeared in Inexpensive Materials Pay Off Big
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Modern box house made of HardiePanel siding

The HardiePanel siding on the 100K House is a dramatic break from East Kensington’s mostly brick facades. The simple, well insulated box and the absence of a third floor keep each house affordable, sustainable, and within the reach of young families.

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Originally appeared in Green Urban Housing in Philadelphia
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george residence exterior facade

The rear addition to a Chicago house is clad in fiber cement panels that take on the look of traditional wood siding.

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Originally appeared in A Custom Walnut Stair and Slide Hybrid in Chicago
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main rooms separated by levels

Francis Parisien and Yannick Raymond requested concrete floors for their Montreal house, but when they priced out beyond the couple’s budget, architect Marc-André Plasse proposed a trick he’d used before: installing half-inch-thick smooth fiber-cement panels instead of poured concrete. The contractors at Les Constructions JJL attached the Finex panels to the subfloor with stainless steel screws, finished them with a sealer by Sika, and piped a line of water-resistant exterior caulking between each one to allow for subtle expansion and contraction due to humidity.

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Originally appeared in Split the Difference
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R-House, Syracuse, New York

To manage construction costs of this hyper-efficient house, the architects kept things simple. Fiber cement panels and corrugated aluminum, coated with a clear textured finish to prevent corrosion, were used for the exterior.

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Originally appeared in Project: R-House
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Modern timber house addition with fiber-cementboard facade

A kitchen extension in Australia is clad in panel boards made of fiber cement coated with heat-reflective Resene CoolColour paint in Blackjack to reduce heat stress on the new structure. The architects chose black to help the addition recede when seen through the surrounding foliage. By contrast, says architect Aaron Peters, “the original house is painted white to underscore its primacy in the composition. We wanted the new works not to dominate the original house.” 

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Alicia Taylor
Originally appeared in This Kitchen Brings It All Together
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Modern multifamily home in Seattle with cement fiberboard rear facade

Architects Tiffany Bowie and Joe Malboeuf’s Capitol Hill, Seattle, infill project was completed for $189 per square foot. Its street-facing facade is clad in prefinished siding from Taylor Metals, and cedar shaped and cut with CNC technology. The couple was inspired by the porthole windows of the Maritime Hotel in New York City, one of their favorite buildings. Prefinished cement fiberboard panels cover the rear facade, which is shown here.

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Originally appeared in Three Families Comfortably Fit in One Slim Lot
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Oherlihy residence exterior front view

Using standardized precast James Hardie board-formed cement paneling that he split in half, Lorcan O'Herlihy found a cladding module that worked with the narrow windows of his Venice, California, house. The panels hang on a rigid steel moment frame, and by pushing all the supports to the exterior, he created ample interior space.

Originally appeared in About a View
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Prefab floating home in Seattle with fiber cement panels on the facade

The exterior of a floating house in Seattle is clad with fiber cement panels from James Hardie painted in three slightly different hues: Fiery Opal, Navajo Red, and Rich Chestnut by Benjamin Moore.

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