This is a design by Kevin Southerland of www.Architecture350.com. He selected a mid century style for this house to keep it historically correct. The board and batten was a popular style, but lower maintenance and high fire resistance was desirable. So Kevin chose Hardie Panels and Hardie Battens. This video shows the steps to properly cut and install Hardie siding. CUTTING STATIONS ALL NEED DUST MASKS! Your tools will also clog up with the fine powder. PS buy the more expensive Hardie blades, they pay for themselves.