I’ve talked about wood siding on earthbag housesbefore. In that previous blog post, I talked about using slab wood and other low cost offcuts from sawmills, and cutting your own wood. Another option is buying factory made siding. There are lots of styles and options available, from rustic to refined, to match most any budget. One interesting option is siding that looks like logs. Log siding could be used on quite a few different types of natural homes, not just earthbags. It’s appealing to those who aren’t skilled at plastering, and it’s a good way to finish the exterior quickly when it’s too cold to plaster. You don’t have to side the whole house. You could just do the gable ends, for instance, where siding is much faster and easier than plastering.
“Log siding is a great way to get an authentic Log Home look without the Log Home price. Reason being: full logs are expensive to buy, harder to install, and require more maintenance over time. Log Siding on the other hand is very easy to install, produces less wasted materials, and provides a better insulating quality when installed on a conventional built wall—saving you money in the long run as well.”