Starter row cement siding

I will be siding a new addition in the Hardiplank cement siding. I haven't found a good starter board before I start my first course.
When I did the cedar part which is on the old section of the house, I used a 1x 8" wide pine board. But the foundation there is nearly 3 feet off the ground, so I'm not worried about the soft pine.
Due to the way we wanted to add a ramp from garage to addition to old house, the foundation on the addition is only about 8 inches from the ground. So as an added deterent to ants and termites, I don't want to start with a soft pine board. Would it be reasonable to just start with a nearly full Hardiplank in other words a nearly full reveal on the first board so I just have the 1st course overlapping it by about a 1/4 inch or maybe double up and use two of the Hardiplank siding boards as the first starter and caulk the heck out of the seam between them? I want to stay with a wide first board to match the rest of the old house which is a 20"s federal at this point (it was a 1860's Italiate originally, but all vestiages of that are gone).
I haven't been able to find any real wide cement boards, nor any cedar ones locally at least.
All thoughts appreciate, if replying by email, please remove nospam.
Thanks.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
I will be siding a new addition in the Hardiplank cement siding. I haven't found a good starter board before I start my first course.
When I did the cedar part which is on the old section of the house, I used a 1x 8" wide pine board. But the foundation there is nearly 3 feet off the ground, so I'm not worried about the soft pine.
Due to the way we wanted to add a ramp from garage to addition to old house, the foundation on the addition is only about 8 inches from the ground. So as an added deterent to ants and termites, I don't want to start with a soft pine board. Would it be reasonable to just start with a nearly full Hardiplank in other words a nearly full reveal on the first board so I just have the 1st course overlapping it by about a 1/4 inch or maybe double up and use two of the Hardiplank siding boards as the first starter and caulk the heck out of the seam between them? I want to stay with a wide first board to match the rest of the old house which is a 20"s federal at this point (it was a 1860's Italiate originally, but all vestiages of that are gone).
I haven't been able to find any real wide cement boards, nor any cedar ones locally at least.
All thoughts appreciate, if replying by email, please remove nospam.
Thanks.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Buy 4x8 sheets of Hardie board and rip to your requirement.
(top posted for your convenience) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Keep the whole world singing . . . . DanG (remove the sevens) snipped-for-privacy@7cox.net

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
see if you can find some 1/4" thick plastic strips and use them - check out the hardi site for installation pdf file.
nospamgoingjag wrote:

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.