Sorry about the long post.
I am wondering if there might be some builders or architects and the like or anyone really, who could give some advice on the wall construction of a shed.
A little Background:-
I want to build a small garden shed (about 9' x 4') with vertical hardwood siding (15mm or 5/8" T&G). I want the shed to be very weather proof as I will be storing woodworking tools and the like in it.
I live in a typhoon/cylone/hurricane area. (allowing for the different folks here )
I am thinking of 2x3" frame (vertical studs with horizontal noggings at the siding fixing locations) and then sheet the wall on the exterior side with ply. (9mm or 3/8") and then cover this with building paper or weather sheeting (not sure of the technical term)
Now to my problem:-
My original plan was to then fix the vertical siding over the ply and paper sheeting.
I then talked to some people and they suggested I should but horizontal battens on the wall and then put the siding over that. So as to let water escape and for airflow behind the siding. I can see the logic...
Now all this is important to me as I have to obtain the final slab dimension and then I have to make the doors just as weather resistant. So once I get the wall construction nailed down I have to decide on the door construction. Which I hope I can get some more help with later.
- But... if you put horizontal battens then there is no space for water to escape anyway is there. So there seems no point. Quite the contrary I would think. By the way I don't need the battens for fixing as I will have the noggins.
- Also I have two doors (double doors - faced with the T&G vertical siding) on the front that take up about 2/3 of the whole wall. and a single door at the side which takes up the majority of that short wall. So do I need to put battens on the doors, too, for weather proofing? If not, then I don't really see the need for battens on the small bit of remaining wall.
- So...could I just fix the siding over the ply sheet with the building paper on it and fix through the ply into the horizontal noggins of the wall frame? Will this give good weather proofing still without the air gap with the battens?
- OR how do battens allow for water dissapation if it gets through the T&G.
- Also at the corners of the shed I don't want the typical weather board house corner piece sticking out. This would make the shed a little traditional or country looking and I want a clean modern look to match in with our garden. So I wanted the T&G siding to just flow around the corner if you know what I mean. With battens, how do I fix the corner siding boards as the batten space would be at the location of one of the fixing. (for two face point fixings due to wind loads)
- Also is there some way to fix the siding without driving double screws through the face of the boards. Ie. not see the fixings?(wind loads)
Thanks to anyone who got through all this.
And any comments would be welcome.