Once deer season is over, myself and a few buddies will be doing some much needed maintenance to our hunting cabin. It was built in 2006 and is very much like an outdoor shed. My uncle went cheap when it was built and the exterior walls are plywood. After three coats of paint and twelve years in the sun, the plywood walls are cracking and need to be replaced. The inside is unfinished with no interior walls or insulation. My plan is knock down all the walls and take it down to the bare studs. Once this is done, wrap the frame in Tyvek and use Smart Siding for the exterior walls. On the inside, I would like to use T13 insulation between the studs and then use either OSB or some other sheathing for the interior walls. I am not a construction guy by trade but was wondering if this was a sound plan? The cabin is 16x24 and is located in the Texas Hill Country. The floor is also plywood and I would like to use laminate flooring on top of it. Thanks!
I think you have a good plan . The Smart siding with tyvek is good. The SOB interior gives many options for fasten items on. On the floor is the floor structure raised for air flow? Not sure on how the laminate will react to hot and cold weather, talk to flooring contractor on that. Carpet squares are simple plus gives a little insulting quality. You don't have to glue squares down just lay in place. Will move with building.
one one of our old leases, the LO allowed us to use an old frame house that was bare interior wall studs and no enclosed ceiling (open joists or rafters). One of the guys that hunted with us, had access to a large supply of cheap sheet rock, we put the fiberglass bats of insulation in the walls, then sheet rocked ... did the same with the ceiling, worked like a charm. I don't know what the price difference would be using sheet rock versus OSB though, the OSB would be more durable IMO.
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Any reason you can't leave existing exterior plywood and go over with smart siding? Wouldn't need the wrap and would save labor. Just remove trim, buy horizontal, 12" wide, as long on length as you can get and go. Trim your corners and windows.
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I've been installing horizontal rough cut pine boards for interior siding. Easy to work with and looks great (rustic). Bought a couple of pallets of the boards from a local sawyer (M&G Sawmill in Huntsville). Reasonable prices and nice folks to deal with. You may find a sawmill closer to Austin or your lease. Just my $.02. I would wrap the Tyvek over the existing siding and add the new exterior siding. I guess I'm up to $.04 now. Good luck with the project!
I've thought about that but the exterior plywood is not in the best of shape. I'll try and load another picture, if it loads try to notice the cracks in the boards. Wouldn't it be like putting lipstick on a pig?
The structure looks sound, so no need to remove the plywood. Looks like it's trimmed with 1x4, so find some 3/4" thick sheet foam insulation and leave the trim - cut insulation to fit between the trim boards and then apply the hardie planks over it. Then you''ll have a much better insulated place than you have now and can still add the interior insulation at a later time if you choose.
I'd also get a good sealing exterior door.
Make sure your foundation and support is solid - cement fiber siding is heavy.