Fish Scale Studio fish scale cladding

Budget Breakdown: A Creative Couple in Minneapolis Build a Multipurpose Backyard Studio For $18K

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The couple finished the exterior siding with shingles made of Hardie board and painted a deep purple. "We wanted an exterior cladding that was durable, low-maintenance, and relatively DIY-friendly," says Michael. "When looking at our options at the local hardware store, the fish-scale shape popped because it was unique, quirky, and not super serious—and yet could create a contemporary look through uniformly using it with woven corners and minimal detailing."