This was an exterior renovation on a large home that was sided originally with EIFS cladding (Exterior Insulation & Finish System). EIFS is essentially 1 to 1 ½ inches of Styrofoam attached directly to the plywood sheathing with a finish stucco coat applied over the Styrofoam. Styrofoam attached to a wood substrate is a very poor choice in our climate as the Styrofoam traps (and absorbs) excess moisture creating a perfect environment for dry rot and mold to occur.
This project had a large amount of dry rot that had to be dealt with once the siding EIFS was removed. Once all dry rot was repaired we installed a cedar siding package including pre-stained cedar shakes, and a cedar trim package including picture framing different accent areas, cedar columns, & cedar window and garage door trim. This project shows that we can improve the overall aesthetic of a home when removing the EIFS cladding and transforming it into something different (in this case a classic NW craftsman design) if we follow good design principles and allow the house to tell us what makes sense.