Jobs in progress-updated September 21, 2001

The Pebble-dash Kings

pebble dash kings Old pebble-dash stucco
We're the pebble dash kings of the Washington area. Project: Old pebble-dash stucco wall needed
patches for new windows and doors. The
old walls had several patches from prior
remodeling which looked real bad.
Also, an addition on the back had stucco
that didn't match the existing house at all.
We tore off the whole side wall and the second story wall on the front. 
real stucco, protects the wood We had to screen the rocks
Check this out: the stucco was applied probably in the 1930's to cover the 1908 clapboard, which was apparently in need of painting.
The old wood is still in excellent condition.
Here is more photographic proof that stucco ,real stucco, protects the wood. The clapboard was covered with paper, not
tarpaper or a vapor barrier and welded wire
lath, which is stronger than the modern lath we use.
We had to screen the rocks to match the
size of the rocks in the existing stucco.
This took forever, but the rocks matched exactly.
the pebble mortar decorative half-round column
Carlos dashes on the pebble mortar. Here I made a decorative half-round column
to hide the joint between our wall and the addition. This breaks the wall up to hide
the differences in the pattern.

A stucco addition in Arlington,VA

tudor style addition flashing behind the stucco
A tudor style addition in Arlington showing the scratch coat. Wood is taped with red
tape from Nathan Kimmel, the plasterer's supermarket.
A view of the flashing. Every horizontal member of a tudor style house should have flashing behind the stucco. This protects
the wood from rotting, the paint from peeling off, and water from getting behind the wall or the stucco. Note how the flashing is slightly pitched to allow water run-off.

Another tudor syle stucco addition

rough texture counter flashing
I need to match the rough texture on the right on the new addition. Think I can?
check back.
A view of the counter flashing. On a slate roof, the counter flashing is put on first, then the step flashing is tucked underneath. Plaster stop is nailed to form an edge at he bottom of the stucco. A copper kick-out flashing will be put on when the slates go on.