Shiplap is a type of wood used for exterior siding in the construction of barns, sheds and homes in the USA. It can be made of pine and has a rabbet on the edges of the board. The rabbet allows the boards to overlap and this is important for water tightness. Hence it is used in “cold” climates in the US as an easy to use low-cost siding material. If you have ever tuned in to Fixer Upper you probably have seen it used a ton in their designs.
Many different materials can be used to achieve the “shiplap” look. MDF or tongue and groove boards can give you the same look. Installing “shiplap” in a home in a new development might look trendy though. Installing “faux” shiplap in a craftsman or cottage makes sense to me.
Here are a few photos that prove shiplap can be versatile and work especially with cottages. I am in love with the sunroom from Martha O’Hara Interiors. Have a look!