Spanish style stucco house in Reston, Virginia

counter flashing
weep stop, or weep grounds
A profile of the counter flashing we made. The stucco stop, or ledge is made 1 inch wide. This is to hide irregularities in the wall. Our plaster stop is 3/4" so if there is a bump or dip in the wall and the plaster stop sticks out past the stop  on the flashing, you'll see it a mile away. A 1/4" reveal makes the wall look straight. After the flashing is sealed with tape, we put on our weep stop, or weep grounds. A small gap allows water to weep out of the wall. If you are wondering, we cut off the kick on the flashing to accommodate the ridge vent on the roof.
The gap allows water out of the wall
self furring metal lath in Reston, Virginia
Fast forward to the finished wall. The gap allows water out of the wall. I love this Spanish texture. It reminds me of California.  But OF COURSE, we use self furring metal lath. The dimples on the lath hold the lath out from the wall to allow plenty of mortar to get behind the lath for good support and re-inforcement.
flashing over the windows and doors
chipping and bonding method to bond the new
              stucco on
We put on flashing over the windows and doors and sealed the top with tape. This isn't Tyvek tape, but tape. The basement level is block and the upper levels are wood framing. We used our chipping and bonding method to bond the new stucco on. This is a very solid, permanent bond.
weep grounds
weep grounds in Reston, VA
We used weep grounds everywhere.
These weep grounds are great. All they are is casing bead with holes punched in them.
Tarpaper and metal lath are
              overlapped over the block
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Tarpaper and metal lath are overlapped over the block.
Wall is straightened by pulling a string line every 5 feet to set a screed.
Walls are the filled in and rodded
              off with a 6 foot rod
Are these walls straight ?
Walls are the filled in and rodded off with a 6 foot rod.
Are these walls straight ? I promise.
Stucco dormer in Reston, VA
back side of the house is finished
It is a lot easier to cover up than to clean up.
The back side of the house is finished first.
Where's Waldo ?
Here's Waldo
Where's Waldo ?
Here's Waldo, to the right of the mortar box.
peace symbol, hidden in the
              texture
I'll tell you where my peace symbol
              is
My peace symbol,  hidden in the texture.
You could walk by a hundred times and never notice my peace symbol. I told you where Waldo is, so I'll tell you where my peace symbol is.
heart hidden in the texture
The finish coat is White Portland
              cement, lime and white sand
A heart hidden in the texture.
A view of the side. The finish coat is White Portland cement, lime and white sand for a true natural color.