As with the roof, the existing siding had a great deal of character, but it also
had a great deal of damaged. The initially decision was to leave the siding on
a for a few more years by giving it a coat of oil, but then carpenter ants were
discovered near one of the west facing windows. Damaged to several of the
the supporting 2x4s appeared severe. To properly inspect the entire building,
the choices were to remove the exisitng interior walls or to remove the siding.
The siding was choosen since it was in need of replacement anyway. Not only
did this plan allow for the replacement of any damaged lumber, but it also allowed
for the replacement of the old and outdated insulation in the first floor walls.
Although this was another in a series of unexpected expenses, it was a definitely
the best thing to have done since there was a good deal of insect and weather
damage which did threaten the integrity of the building.