This homeowner was ready to update their 1920's craftsman home in SE Portland as the old cedar siding wasn't holding paint anymore. We removed all of the old cedar painted with failing lead based paint which required us to follow Lead RRP guidelines. This includes laying down heavy duty 6 mil plastic around the entire home, placing warning signs & caution tape to alert neighbors and outfitting our crew with the necessary safety equipment during the removal of the lead tainted siding. We cut in and installed new Milgard Essence wood windows (in the original craftsman style), installed Hardieplank siding and trim package and painted the entire home (our client took advantage of our free color consultant).
Once the siding was off we installed a full rainscreen system (See picture below) using treated furring strips to level out the walls and allow us to keep the original bargeboard which was still in good condition. The rainscreen adds a drainage plane for drainage and airflow to occur insuring the home has the ability to dry itself out when moisture collects behind the siding. This eliminates the mold and dry rot issues many home of the 1990's and 200's have had over the years due to an airtight building envelope that doesn't allow for drainage or active airflow to occur leading to mold and rot issues (fungus and mold love damp environments with little to no airflow)
Most of our craftsman renovations are done with Hardieplank lap siding. We prefer a 5 inch reveal, smooth lap siding to emulate the old 4 3/4" cedar lap siding from the early 1900's. Hardieplank provides much more durability than an applicable cedar product, and will hold paint up to 30% longer than cedar siding so it's a great fit for the NW. If we're going to restore a craftsman home with Hardieplank we insure that the home is brought back to it's original specifications. Our goal is for the house to look "restored" and any passerby doesn't have any idea what siding type was used, only that it looks great. Many siding companies try and push homeowners into using one or two of the basic lines from Hardieplank which aren't similar to the original siding on the home. This destroys the curb appeal, and the historical beauty of a craftsman home.