Jobs in progress #160
Updated December, 2019 !
Almost 21 years of jobs in progress !
Ornamental plaster restored
Dupont Circle area
A template, or running mold, is made to exactly match the old molding.
Molding is run with moulding plaster and lime.
Molding is straight and aligns on the money. Ceiling is stabilized with moulding plaster and repaired.
Missing flowers and vines are hand tooled with plaster.
Vines and flowers in another damaged area are hand tooled and match on the money
When this is painted, you shouldn't be able to tell we were here.
Ornate ceiling was plastered in 1915.
Color cement stucco addition
in Rappahannock County, Virginia.
Chris shows off his new stucco.
Color cement finish matches close to existing house.
Top of new window by a major manufacturer is level, in fact, slightly angled into the wall. The angle funnels water into the wall, deteriorating the stucco.
Condition is corrected by putting on copper flashing, angled down deflecting water away from the wall.
Two, yes, TWO layers of tarpaper and self furring metal lath.
Cement and sand finish is colored with paint colorant.
After 6 attempts, I made a color sample that was fairly close.
The view from my scaffold.
Stucco over spalling brick
in Manassas, Virginia
Crumbling brick had been patched several times. These were bad bricks from the factory.
A decorative white band forms a neat transition between the new stucco and the brick.
Cement basecoat is rodded off.
Styrofoam is used for forms. Foam is just temporary. Forms are filled in with white portland and sand.
The finish coat on the band is angled down along the top for water to run off. White offers a nice contrast with the bluish stucco panel.
Chimneys are us. Chimney is done about the same way.
Addition built in the 1970's is leaking.
Castle like parapet wall has loose areas removed, and new flashing put over the edge of the roof membrane.
Loose areas and all horizontal areas are redone with colored cement and pebbles. We use an additive to make the mortar less porous.
Historic stucco church repaired.
Addition on another farm house
in Broad Run, Virginia
for R.E. Moore, Inc.
Original house was stuccoed in the 1940's over wood clapboard.
Finish coat is REAL white portland cement and REAL sand.
Patch and match
in Takoma Park, Maryland
Typical of our repair jobs, is this old house in Takoma Park.
A photo from 1900 shows the same house under construction. Note the old fire hydrant in the foreground.
A couple more
Spanish texture matched in Montclair, Virginia.
Pebble dash addition in Takoma Park.