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Guide to building a house

We all know the expression “you are what you eat.” Similarly, your house is only as good as the materials from which it’s built. Using the best possible exterior products will help ensure your house will be strong, healthy, and beautiful. Here’s how to do it.
Gather Information


Gather Information

Building a house is a huge undertaking. But by building a home with James Hardie fiber cement products, you can relieve some of your anxiety. We offer a range of building products that are paramount to your home’s aesthetic and functional integrity. We can also help you find plenty of inspiration.

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Plan Your Project


Plan Your Project

This is the fun part. It involves making a wish list. Big front porch? Shingle siding on the gables? This is when you determine your needs and satisfy your wants. Collect inspiration, meet with contractors, and finally, establish the scope of your project.

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Choose A Builder


Choose A Builder

Finding the right builder is a bit like dating. The biggest factors are trust and communication. Don’t rush in. Take the time to learn about the person you are hiring to become your partner in realizing your vision.

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We have put a lot of effort in creating unique neighborhoods... James Hardie has helped make our communities better than we envisioned.
Brian Doyle of William Lyon Homes in Orange County, California.

Think of the Big Picture

Building a house is a major investment. Make sure you get the most out of your money.
As you as gather information and consider your options, think long-term about the part of your house that’s most vulnerable: your exterior. James Hardie products are Engineered for Climate®, so even if you live in a climate with extreme weather, you can rest assured that your siding will resist damage from natural elements like weather, water, heat and humidity.
Are you looking for options that require less maintenance? James Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology might be an excellent option for you. While James Hardie siding and trim products are available in a primed option, when you invest in our baked-in ColorPlus Technology, you will get longer-lasting color than a typical paint job can offer.