December 8, 2022

A Modern Take on the Classic Cedar Shingle 

In this episode of Site Visit with NS Builders, I’m going to show you how we’re adding a modern touch to the very classic cedar shingle siding going up at our Rhode Island passive home project.


The cedar shingles are going up fast! We’re using Maibec Eastern white cedar shingles—pre-stained a gorgeous gray on all six sides. We’re weaving the shingles in at each corner seamlessly. The overhang at the corner is then cut with a razor blade. Then we block plane it down to match the corner. A small stainless nail is then used to keep that corner tight. As each corner is done, the installer uses an applicator to hit the edge with a coat of stain to protect the edges. And we’ll come back again to each corner to add another coat. The woven corners are a beautiful traditional detail that complements the cedar shingle siding for this house. 


We wanted to add a modern twist to a classic cedar shingle home and work with Julia’s design and aesthetic. So, we’re mixing old with new to add a boost of upscale flair—and it all has to do with the windows. Traditionally, you’d have casing, a window sill, jambs on the window, etc. But we didn’t do that here. The windows themselves are unique and cutting-edge, but we add some interest by not having any siding above the windows. Each window goes all the way up to the soffit. They sit in a deep pocket (set back due to our wall assembly and the additional six inches of exterior insulation). A stellar detail is how the shingles then turn in and return back to the window. It ties in perfectly to the woven details on the corners of the house. 

When traditional and modern elements merge cohesively, the results are truly spectacular! 

It’s time to discover what NS Builders can intentionally design and build for you! Contact us today to get started on your custom dream home. Together, we can make it happen. 

—Nick Schiffer


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