Last year JLC contributor Kyle Diamond restored the exterior envelope of a neo-Colonial home in Millbrook, N.Y. The scope of work included tearing off an existing wood-shingle roof, replacing windows, and upgrading the siding and trim with more-durable materials. The house was only 28 years old, but poor trim detailing had caused the exterior cladding and windows to prematurely fail on many parts of the home.
Making matters worse, the existing clapboard siding was not back-primed or installed on furring strips, which led to numerous issues with peeling paint over the years. Also, back-priming and the spot priming of end-cuts on the existing trim was not always done. Here, he focuses on a few of the trouble spots he encountered on this project—and continue to encounter on similar projects built around the same time period. Consider it a cautionary tale for what not to do when trimming a home.