EIFS garbage replaced with stucco.
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Caulking EIFS EIFS foam
Typical of EIFS or synthetic installations is this
big gob of caulk around doors and windows.
Usually, everything underneath the caulk is black from mildew.
Tearing off EIFS foam shows much of the house was stuck on gypsum sheathing (exterior sheet rock).
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Dryvit expansion joint Band in traditional stucco
BEFORE: A groove with caulk marked the line between the two colors. AFTER: A decorative band marks the line.
The band makes the wall look bigger, and adds a solid masonry feel to the stucco. 
It's my idea. I hope you like it.
EPS foam board How to remove EIFS
EIFS torn off. We cleaned up the foam immediately to keep it from blowing all over the place. House peeled off waiting for lath and stucco.
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Dryvit house EIFS rot
Typical rot below windows on an EIFS tear off. Black mildew behind caulking was killed using bleach.
Dryvit rot How to remove EIFS
Typical of EIFS is severe rot under a roof intersection. This may have been prevented by adequate flashing. Gypsum sheathing had completely deteriorated.
The framing was wet and soft, but wasn't too bad after it dried out a couple of days.
Flashing Flashing stucco
These counter flashings are of critical importance to prevent leaks in cold weather (or anytime). We made the counter flashing using a metal brake. Flange on counter flashing is overlapped with tar paper, then lath and stucco.
Color stucco finish Stucco weep screed
A view of the finished wall showing the finished counter flashing, and the kick-out flashing at the bottom. The kick out is a little spout to divert water away from the wall. Weep screed at bottom of wall has holes to allow water to exit stucco at bottom. As far as I know, no one else in the Washington area uses these weep screeds.
Stucco brown coat Band
Brown coat is straightened using screeds, or strips of mortar set with a string line. The walls must be real straight for the bands to look right. Bands are made by forming the edges with one by fours. A layer of metal lath is nailed on for insurance that the band will never fall off.
Band detail forming band detail
Another view of the band detail. Band is filled with mortar. Later, one by's are removed leaving a solid band.
Stucco mix Corner
White portland cement, lime and sand are dry mixed with the dry California color from Expo stucco. We made a tool to round the edges of the garage door returns. Note how the top edge of band is angled down for good water run-off.
Stucco Color coat
Bottom of wall is rolled out. This provides good water run-off, seals the bottom of the walk, and looks cool. Color coat finished on bottom.
integral color stucco flashing electric meter
View of the finished back of house. Top of electric meters are flashed. Without flashing, wood behind meter will rot.