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