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Capitol Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church.
 Washington, DC
Stained glass lamp at Capitol Hill Seventh Day
                  Adventist Church in Washington, DC
Seventh day adventist logo Capitol Hill Seventh
                  Day Adventist Church in Washington, DC
concrete is coated with cement stucco finish
New concrete is coated with cement stucco finish, just like the original plans from 1910. The finish is white portland cement, lime, and black sand, for a granite like look.
Here a bonding coat is applied
Coating new concrete with a cement finish was done traditionally in Washington, DC years ago, which explains the decorative finishes you see on concrete on old houses.
More details here:
The procedure we use is much like plastering a swimming pool. Here a bonding coat is applied to the concrete first.
More details about this project.
Lamp unto my feet in Washington DC
Seventh Day Adventist logo
Crush stained glass is embedded into a sticky mix
of white portland cement, lime, and acrylic bonder.
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Taping off the border on the Seventh Day Adventist logo.
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The competition's work is torn off and replaced in Arlington, Virginia.
The competition's work is
                  torn off and replaced in Arlington, Virginia
REAL cement and sand color finish
The side wall is torn off and redone.
This 4 year old house done by the competition needed a complete replacement. We did the two worst sides for now, and plan to do the rest when we have a chance.
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The color on the front matched the side exactly, which is really lucky. The front now has a REAL cement and sand color finish, and should last for decades, or even centuries.

See how we did it.
Underneath
                  these windows had severe rot.
The standard
                  thickness for cement stucco is 3/4".
Underneath these windows had severe rot.
The framing and sheathing were wet and rotten and could be pulled out like handfuls of wet oatmeal.

Please click here or on the pictures for more.
The standard thickness for cement stucco is
3/4". This house had about 3/8" and a toxic synthetic finish. In other words. the competition did less than half the work as we do.

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Color veneer plaster
in Washington, DC
color pebble dash stucco in Washington, DC

Veneer plaster in Washington, DC
I forgot to add from the last update the color pebble dash stucco on the top off the stair tower.
More info here.


The ceiling in the dining room is white coated and troweled smooth. The rest of the plaster has a decorative color finish.
See how it was done.
A running
                mold is used to make the round corners

Color
                veneer plaster
A running mold is used to make the round corners, or arrises.
 
More details
here

Embedded color adds a movement and depth that
can't be duplicated with other materials.
The surface is super hard unlike cheap drywall.
More about color plaster here:

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