Exterior Azek Trim #2

The winter winds are moving in and I’m not ready. But we will carry on, as I gotta get the siding up – hopefully this year. It would go quicker if I would quit making up fancy do-dads for the exterior trim.

For instance

1 fasciaI started by getting some fascia wrapped around the sunroom. When the roof was put on I used a spacer to make sure I could get the Azek trim under the gutter apron. That’s a nice, normal trim detail.

2 old house eave repairNow it gets more difficult. There are discussions all over the web about ‘pork chop’ or ‘mutton chop’ eave returns. That’s the blocked out ends of the eaves that almost every new home has, but most don’t like. This house had them originally – but then this was a low budget house when built.

3eave electricalSo my solution is to make a semi-recessed return.  I’ve never seen it done, but why would that stop me? These are on the old part of the house. The roof overhang is 16″,  which made these guys pretty big. I made them like cabinet panels using 3/4 trim stock for the frames and 1/2″ sheet stock for the insert.

4 eave boxI used super blue remodel boxes in a couple of locations. 110v power to the left and a cat5e cable to the right with an approved electrical divider in between. Just in case I want to add a Pan,Tilt & Zoom security camera later. Just planning ahead.

5 eave box finishedA weather proof cover keeps everything dry. The original fascia boards are in really good shape, being covered with aluminum for many decades. We’ll scrape them and use them as the backing for the new Azek 1X10 trim stock.

6 down lightsI used these fixtures for the down lights. They are available on Amazon – a pair costs less than 20.00. I used these because of the small junction boxes on top. They come with a 50w halogen bulb which I replaced with a 6.2w LED to reduce the heat. I used 10 of them and it lights up the whole perimeter of the house – using only 62 watts.

7 sunroom eavesThe sunroom side has eaves at about 11″, so they are a little smaller. Here you can see how I integrated the light box panel to the hidden vent soffit detail.

8 sunroom eave boxHere’s the back of that same box. You can see the recess back from the fascia – so this will take a little fancy cut work to trim out.

9 table sawThat’s why we drag out the 10″ table saw with a built in Triton router. We’ve got some fancy cuttin’ to do…

10 trim piecesDang, that’s the trim pieces that go around each of those light box/eave return things. Looks like the Azek dust will be flying – glad I’m doing this outside.

Stay tuned …


Exterior Azek Trim #1

So the stone is finally up and now the ball is fully back in my court – so we better get busy!

1 trim instalWe left off here. The puzzle piece detailed in the last post goes here. You see the little wood pieces on the left side of the eaves – that’s to hold the trim boards as I put them up by myself.

2 detail right sideI’ve recessed the ‘porkchop’ – that’s what they call that triangular thing that is used to terminate the eaves as it intersects a gable. This house had a big boxed one even with the fascia, so recessing this panel back behind the wall face makes it much less noticeable. Also note that I used a cabinet style panel when the flat area in the eaves seemed too large.

3 detail left sideI also made a gable decoration that’s made of flat stock Azek. I wanted a little detail up there. The under eave material is Azek bead board run parallel to the fascia and frieze board trim.

7 gable decorationThe Azek trim is pvc, so it’s perfect up against stone. I prepainted it with two coats of BM White Heron soft gloss before I put up the trim. It’s attached with cortex screws and stainless steel 16ga finish nails.

4 right side eaveThe eave will get a soffit panel for a switched electric circuit and LED down-lighting.

5 panel apartThe panels are made just like cabinet doors out of Azek. The frame is made from 3/4 stock and the insert is 1/2 sheet stock. Pocket screws and pvc glue are used to keep it together.

6 panel togetherPut some pvc glue and 7/8″ nails in the panel and it’s ready to install. Cut the holes where needed in the panel first.

8 eave electricalI used these IN Box by Arlington electrical boxes to run under eave electric. Oh, you can use 14ga wire for the lights, but I ran 12ga almost everywhere.

10 eave finishedThe open sections will get hidden vent aluminum soffits. I’ll put 10 LED down lights around the house.

11 trim completeSo the old girl is starting to go back together. More stuff added next time – at least we’re going in the right direction.