Here's the finished siding and it looks beautiful. I used HardiePlank lap siding with a bit of a wood grain design. Hardie makes a fabulous product for siding. On my main house, I have the old asbestos shingles. I found the Hardie manufactures replacement shingles in their Hardieboard material as an exact match so that homeowners can just replace a few without having to reside the entire house.
If you look under the threshold of the front door, you can see where one of the handymen and I propped up the door with scrap wood. Willie said that he'd come back to make a brick threshold support. He never did so we set a length of 4 x 4 treated post lumber underneath. I'll have to replace that eventually but it should hold fine for a few years at least.
Below is a shot of the back with the siding completed and the back shed door installed. I bought that door for $5 from Habitat and had it cut to fit the shorter frame. Unfortunately, the cut was not sealed properly so it's been damaged by the rain. Have to fix that!