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August 7, 2012 |

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posted by Ana White

We are rockin' today at the Momplex.

Rockin'

Have you been thinking that the Momplex front is looking a little ... uh ... big?

Now we've done this on purpose, building the Moms a perfect box for efficiency and ease of building. Hey, we are on a DIY budget, and some of our helpers are still in the single digits. You gotta do what you gotta do to get her done!

But there are some tricks that we can do to "fake it" or make the Momplex front look a little more interesting and not so ... big. For starters, we added a new do to the front of the Momplex, and then framed up some little roofs to cover the garage man doors. Or should I say mom doors?

But I still think we need a little something more to break up the front.

We need some rock!

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First we determine where we want the rock to start. We decided to hold it up a tiny bit from the concrete for water drainage and so we can get underneath and pour Mom a nice sidewalk later on.

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We screw 2x4s to the walls of the Momplex to use as a guide. We do this everywhere we plan to add rock.

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And then we check it all with the laser level.

NOTE TO DIYERS - if you are going to DIY a house, buy a laser level. It has become our MVT on the hill.

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We've decided to use simulated stone siding for the rock work. It's just foam (bonus - adds insulation to the Momplex!) that is moulded to look like stone. It comes in all different colors and styles, we've chosen a neutral to keep things from looking dated in years to come.

The simulated stone siding or faux stone siding panels comes with accessories to trim out the panels. We start with the trim pieces.

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The straight trim pieces are going to be attached to the ends of the panels to finish off ends.

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We had originally planned to not round the corners of the Momplex with the faux stone siding, but we decide to go ahead with the corners. Instead of ordering corners, the Ram did some fancy smancy cutting and gluing and was able to attach two trim pieces together to DIY a corner and we won't have to wait 10-14 days for corners to special order!

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They fit perfectly!

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And then one of our helpers still in the single digits holds it in place.

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We put all the trim up, sort of like drawing a picture out with marker ....

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And then all we need to do is color inside the lines!

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The panels themselves are lightweight and easy to work with. They are staggered to give the finished product a more random and natural appearance, and have a lip on them for attaching to walls and lapping.

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First we dry fit the panels.

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And then hand cut the panels to the right size.

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Since we are going up exactly 1 1/2 panels, we use a tablesaw to rip panels in half the long way.

And place the rip cuts to the bottoms.

Once the areas are all dry fit and we are pleased with the overall look, it's time to attach the simulated stone siding to the ICF walls!

We found this really GREAT STUFF to glue the simulated stone siding panels to the ICF walls.

It is exceptional.

We just squirt the adhesive to the backs of the simulated stone siding panels

And glue the panels on.

And then we attach with screws at the top lip to be hidden by the next row of panels

And hide screws in the rock in the panel itself. The simulates stone siding actually comes with a touch up kit to fill any exposed holes.

Once we got rolling we were really rocking! This stuff goes on fast, especially if you had a larger application.

Fitting smaller pieces tended to take the most time.

We applied silicone to prevent water leaking through the siding between panels.

And then silicone at the very top too.

Grandpa Tim has been helping us the whole way, making sure everything fits just right.

We put the top ledger pieces on ...

And one section is done!

And we just keep right cutting

And rocking on until the entire front of the Momplex has rock work on the bottom.

We are very pleased with the outcome of the simulated stone siding.

For about $1000 and in a day, we've installed simulated stone siding that adds curb appeal and insulation to the Momplex. We are very pleased with the product and love the results!

What do you think?

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WOO HOO!

LOOKIN' GOOD! What is that product called?

Gina - Lady Goats
DIY Blogger (when I'm not procrastinating)
http://www.ladygoats.com

posted by Lady Goats | on Tue, 2012-08-07 13:49
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Ana White's picture

Hi Gina! The stuff we used

Hi Gina! The stuff we used was made by Genstone but there are many many vendors out there with different looks and patterns! Thank you!

posted by Ana White | on Tue, 2012-08-07 13:53

That's fabulous! It's really

That's fabulous! It's really starting to come together!

posted by Alice (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-08-07 14:03

Momplex

Anna...you and your family are doing a great job! What company did you use for the simulated stone?

Thanks!

posted by Stanley Pearse (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-08-07 14:06
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Siding Panels

Hi Stanley, we used Genstone http://www.genstoneproducts.com/ it worked great and the panels are beautiful with depth of color. I haven't done a ton of research on different brands - Genstone is just what was accessible to us up here in Alaska. Thank you!

posted by Ana White | on Tue, 2012-08-07 14:31

Awesome

Looking at these pics makes me feel so happy for you! Seeing the stone siding on the walls must be incredibly motivating. Well done!

posted by Jillian Brown (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-08-07 15:58

Love it!

Ana,
My husband {almost} always scoffs at any DIY project that I show him. I showed him this post as an idea to cover the ugly cinderblocks on the front and side of our home and he LOVED it! I think it offers such a bang for the buck. Thanks for sharing!
Warm regards,
Lauren

posted by Lauren from Alabama (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-08-07 18:23

great cover up idea

Hi there,
Just heard about your blog and as I read the comments I'm seriously considering the foam rock to cover up our cinder block house that is very 70's and not very attractive from the outside. Thanks for the blog and all the ideas!
suzanne

posted by Suz in NZ (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-08-09 22:00

Looks Great! What will go

Looks Great! What will go above the rock panels?

posted by terrillr (not verified) | on Tue, 2012-08-07 18:54
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Momplex Siding

Hi Terrillr, we have been on the lookout for a good metal siding (lasts longer and fire resistant) and our local hardware store happened to have a pile of it in stock leftover from another order! We are putting it up right now - will post about it soon! Thanks for reading and commenting!

posted by Ana White | on Tue, 2012-08-07 22:47

Can't wait to see that, I

Can't wait to see that, I know it will look great. We discussed building a metal siding house in the country before, but ended up in a "previously owned" brick in the city (Fort Worth, TX)!

posted by terrillrillr (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-08-08 10:16

Wonderful

That looks amazing. Makes a huge difference on the look of the front. You guys make it look so easy. :-)

posted by Dani (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-08-08 09:42
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I don't know if anyone has asked this yet...

...but can I be your mom???

You guys ROCK!!

posted by lugnutgirl | on Wed, 2012-08-08 10:16
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Appreciation!

Thank you everyone for the wonderful, encouraging comments!!!! I feel like we've been in this rut, trying to get to the stage that is actually pretty!!! And we are finally there, and you have helped us get there!

posted by Ana White | on Wed, 2012-08-08 12:24

Rut?

Seriously? Oh my goodness, you guys have worked non-stop. When you aren't working on the Momplex, you provide plans for others to contribute, plus continue to do projects in your own home. I honestly don't know how you do it. Do you sleep? You are awesome and as I've said before and so many others have, an inspiration! This latest project looks fab. Didn't know they made it in something so light as foam. Keep up the great work and thanx for all that you do!


posted by spiceylg | on Wed, 2012-08-08 14:58

That stuff looks Great! I

That stuff looks Great! I knew that there was simulated stone that was made of concrete. Had my fireplace faced with it about 15 years ago.. But now fake stone made of foam? Very cool.. Thanks for all your updates, and keep on plugging! Every thing you do gets you closer to getting your Mom's in their new home! Keep up the great work and thanks for posting your progress!!

posted by BonnieB (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-08-09 08:41
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so impressive!

Great job with this Ana, I am so inspired by you! The faux stone looks absolutely amazing, and functional too?? Love it!! Keep up the hard work, it really really is paying off!

Want to see more DIY, tips, and tricks? Visit my blog at http://mekhart.blogspot.com

posted by karahart | on Thu, 2012-08-09 09:00
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ferbit's picture

Foam Stone

That looks awesome! I can't wait to do that to the front of our house. We have used this type of stone to cover our old brick fireplace in our family room. It turned out fantastic. We used a company called Eldorado Stone.

I wanted to point out that it's not SUPER lightweight foam like the crown moulding stuff or foam used to cover furniture before fabric. At least, I'm assuming what Ana has purchased is heavier like what I used. It's lightweight, but it's sort of a mix of foam, sand and dyes, right Ana? So it doesn't FEEL like foam when you touch it. It feels like stone, it's just not as heavy and a lot less expensive than solid stone. :)

Great job! I can't wait to see the siding post!


posted by ferbit | on Thu, 2012-08-09 09:25

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