in addition to hardie board siding, we are using brazilian mahagony hardwood. we are installing it with open joints to create vented rainscreen. couple rows at the bottom are not installed yet so they dont get damaged, as we are still waiting for excavation sub to install perimeter drain.
we got also connected to water sewer and gas this week.
boards need to be countersunk pre-drilled prior to atachement. we are using brown coated ss screws to attach to verticals.