And with this step, the exterior of the house is all but complete!
This was a great couple of weeks. We
could really see progress towards
completion as the stucco went on. We
hired a stucco contractor to apply the
stucco and they did a great job. The first
step was to put a bonding adhesive on
the block wall because the blocks were
painted. Next, heavy guage chicken wire
and a base coat all the way around the
building...that's what the gray is. They
let the base coat cure for about a week
so that hopefully most of the cracks
would be in the base coat, and then put
the final color coat on. In our opinion it
A couple of key steps are missing from
these pictures. Before the base coat, we
added a layer of rigid insulation to the
exterior non-tire walls, just to bump the
R factor up a little bit more. Once the
insulation was on, we put a double layer
of 6 mil plastic from the roof, over the
insulation and down the berm about 25
feet. This will help keep water from
seeping into our tire walls. We will put
another layer of insulation actually on top
of and in the berm, roll the plastic out
and bury the whole thing.
So, right now the exterior is practically
finished. We have to fill the exterior
planters and backfill the berm and that's it.
The white pipe sticking out of the planters is our
sewage pipe. It will be buried after the wetlands
septic system is installed.
The color washed out of this picture some, but
the stucco is the same color...really! The
small planter on the right of this picture is an
overflow for the interior gray water planters.
|Now to finish
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