Monthly Archives: September 2019

Featuring Nichiha

September 29, 2019

I am thrilled to announce Nichiha USA as the latest manufacturer to become a partner of theEnclosure.

From the beginning of this build, I wanted some form of feature walls at the front of  dwelling to provide architectural interest. It was still however critical that the chosen product/system would represented best practices from a building science and durability point of view.

Nichiha Architectural panels met all of these goals.

The interlock design of the panels ensure a continuous water shedding surface and easy site installation. They even have a  3/8″ rain-screen built-in to their product mounting system, providing for a drainage plane and capillary break (I will add this on top of the 3/4″ capillary break I already have).

Panels are shingled to shed water and provide for easy installation

The thickness of the panels provide the look of quality and will prevent bowing and cracking that often happens with their thinner competitors.

A full range of flashing profiles are available to cap and trim the architectural panels. All exposed trim are capable of being colour matched to the selected panel.

Not only are there a multitude of styles/textures/colours, but now many are available in any Benjamin Moore custom colour allowing an exact match to the goals of any architectural design.   It was this fact that finally cinched Nichiha as our supplier of choice for our dwelling’s feature walls.  We wanted something to offset the rich colour of the Coulson Engineered Cedar siding we have installed on the rest of the dwelling and was not finding this in the available stock panel colours.  In the end, we chose the TuffBlock Nichiha panel that we will then be factory painted with Benjamin Moore’s Dakota Woods Green 2139-20.

Yellow square indicates chosen colour after testing

Artist Rendering of Finished Look (I make a poor artists!)

We are currently arranging a proof of the custom Benjamin Moore colour and will then order the materials.  Installation will be weather dependent.  Because of the time of year, I may wait till early spring to install  – while I do not want to get the exterior ROCKWOOL COMFORTBOARD™ 80 wet, it is more about me not wanting to work outside in miserable weather as I have done too many years of this already on this build!  :-).

I want to thank Kenny Collins and Tim Seims at Nichiha USA for their support of this project and becoming a partner.  I also want to thank Matthew Raes of ILA Marketing Group Inc (Local Representative) for answering my many questions over the last couple of years as we contemplated using this product, and going forward for the effort to coordinate my order.

I will provide additional posts and installation videos once the product is on site.

As always, thanks for visiting!

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” —Matt Biondi (born 1965) Olympic Medalist, Professional Swimmer

“You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.” —Tom Hiddleston (born 1981) Actor

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September 16, 2019

Well this is not a surprise – I brought about 6 times the amount of work on my holidays than I was actually able to complete. But this did mean I had more down time than planned, which I guess is a good thing.

One thing that definitely suffered was my planned updates on this forum and on my YouTube channel, so I will try to catch up over the next month of so.

This update covers the activities around removing the large cedar tree stump I had in the front yard and turning the stump into usable wood.

The tree was first limbed back in July 2014 (Tree Day). The stump was left up to support the B.A.T. (Big Ass Tarp) during the earlier part of construction. It now needed to go to allow development of the front yard landscaping and most importantly, make room for the natural gas line that will be installed in the spring.

Tree is ready to be felled.
Nurse Stump
I have removed most of the nurse stump with Alfie in preparation to falling the nurse tree stump above. It is amazing at how the root structure formed above ground to stabilize, what was a pretty large cedar, as the nurse stump rotted away.
Nurse Tree II
This mountain ash established a home on my nurse stump once the cedar stump was limbed. It has lived through several dry summers, so is a fighter.
Surviving Nurse Tree II
I will place this Mountain Ash sapling somewhere in the landscaping because is has worked so hard to create a home in a nurse stump that itself had grown from a nurse stump. With that kind of persistence, it deserves to live.
Old Slab
I chose to also get some cross slabs. Although I am not a fan of the 70’s era slab coffee tables, I do want to figure out something to do with these. At one point I also need to count the rings and determine the age.
Additional Slabs
3 additional cross slabs. The thinner one in the foreground may be a nice art piece hung on a wall once cleaned up.
First Log Ready to mill at Burley Boys yard
First Cut
This first cut to square up the log, will be used as an outdoor bench once the rotted cambium layer is removed.
Lumber Store
This represents the bulk of the milled lumber. I chose several different sizes to allow flexibility in the projects I will be able to create with them. The 3″ slabs will be used to create a dinning room table.
This load contained off of the outer cut-off’s that were needed to square up the logs for milling, as well as a super wide 1″ strip.
I will use the cut-off’s needed to make a square log for benches.
Rotted cambium layer
The milled wood was in excellent shape except for the cambium layer, which in these photos, you can see has rotted. The layer will be removed prior to processing the milled wood.
Bark Boring Insect
A full 3 months after milling the stump, these insects are hatching out of the cambium layer. Still trying to identify. Anyone have an idea?

Here is a short YouTube video showing the process.  This is my first narrated video so let me know what you think.

As always, thanks for visiting.

““What day is it?” asked Pooh. “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh.” —Winnie-the-Pooh (A. A. Milne) (1882-1956) Author

“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.” —Hal Borland (1900-1978) Memoirist, Author
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