Applying rigid insulation to the exterior of your home's foundation helps keep cold air out and warm air in, saving you money on your heating bill. Unfortunately, rigid insulation doesn't look very good; some brands are bright pink, others blue. Solve this problem by applying strips of latticework the same height as the foundation. It will cover the rigid insulation and add a decorative element. Lattice also works well to cover an unattractive foundation, such as one made of concrete blocks. It can also enclose a crawlspace beneath a porch to keep out small animals that may like to lurk there.
List of Items Needed
- Tape measure
- 4-foot by 8-foot lattice panels
- Rotary tool
- Multipurpose cutting bit
- Fine-grit sanding disc
- 1 1/4-inch nails
- 2- to 3-inch nails
- 1 1/4-inch masonry screws
- Hammer, screwdriver or electric-powered screwdriver
Measure the height of the foundation from the ground to the point where it meets the siding of the house.
Cut the lattice so that the resulting pieces are 4 feet long and the height of the foundation, as measured in Step 1. Use a rotary tool with a multipurpose cutting bit to cut either wood or vinyl lattice. Sand the cut edges with a fine-grit sanding disc on the rotary tool.
Set the lattice against the foundation, overlapping the top 2 inches on the siding. Overlapping the top part of the lattice over the siding by 2 inches will keep the bottom of the latticework from resting directly on the soil, which could cause it to rot.
Attach the lattice to the siding using 1 1/4-inch nails if the siding is wood, 2- to 3-inch nails if the siding is aluminum and 1 1/4-inch masonry screws if the siding is brick or stucco.
Tips and Warnings
- If you plan to paint the latticework, do so before applying it to your house.
- Paint the latticework the same color as your house for a subtle effect, or a different color for a bolder look.