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This house has horizontal wood siding that was installed with flush joints. It appears to be stucco from afar. When you get up close it is painted wood. The quoins are also made of wood. Anybody know the technical term for this type of installation and materials? (Mr. Kibbel?).

The sides and rear are clapboards and shingles.

There were multiple offers and the asking price is $2.7 Mil.

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The name isn't very technical. It's called "flush board" siding. It became popular when the Greek revival style of architecture was introduced.

The smooth-planed boards were tightly fitted to create a very smooth surface when painted. There was usually thin, dark lines painted to make the smooth wall look like it was built of finely cut marble or limestone blocks.

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Did they mill a shiplap or a tongue & groove on the mating edges to discourage water entry?

- Jim Katen, Oregon

I could not tell. I imagine there has to be some type of tongue and groove or a lapped joint. If there were any face nails they were hidden well. The only visible rot was on some of the quoins. If there were any painted "Stone Joints" they have been painted-over. There are no signs of water infiltration through the wall.

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I've only seen it once, and it was on a very fine Greek Revival house. The boards were so tightly fit, I couldn't tell if there was a mating joint or not. It was so tight and smooth, and the material grade so excellent, I couldn't even tell it was wood until I got up within a couple feet of it.

I always wondered about that house........

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For another home with flush board siding: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianbruce/1316973524/

I've only seen it once, and it was on a very fine Greek Revival house. The boards were so tightly fit, I couldn't tell if there was a mating joint or not. It was so tight and smooth, and the material grade so excellent, I couldn't even tell it was wood until I got up within a couple feet of it.

I always wondered about that house........

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