Somewhere along the line we got the crazy idea that we wanted our house to be the color of a Weimaraner dog. Weimaraner's have a shimmery silver-gray coat with soft brown undertones that change color with the light. Needless to say, it was a tall order but in the end our plaster master, Aparicio Marques took home best in show honors for his beautiful Weimaraner stucco:
|Close-up of our new "Weimaraner" stucco coat. Can you spot the silver-gray and soft brown undertones?|
The process of creating the custom color took several weeks mainly due to our waffling indecision. Aparicio actually produced the winning color on his first attempt but we had to see six more samples before we were convinced it was the one (a true testament to the man's patience and customer service).
|The contestants line up for judging. Midway through the process we started considering other breeds.|
We temporarily considered going in another direction, (how about an Astro-colored house?) but in the end we stuck with our original plan.
|We had trouble imaging the small sample of color plastered onto the entire house.|
We proceeded nervously, praying to the stucco gods that the color would turn out okay...
|Three stages of of stucco dryness.|
The wet stucco looked frighteningly like dog crap but much to our relief it lightened up nicely as it dried. It's fun to look at the house at different times of day and from various angles to see what I call the "fifty shades of Weimaraner."
|In the afternoon sun.|
|Up close and in the shade.|
|From across the street on an overcast day.|
To provide extra crack resistance we upgraded from the typical three-coat application to a four-coat finish. The extra coat is applied before the final finished coat and consists of a layer of fiberglass mesh skimmed with a thin layer of stucco. You will still likely get cracks around windows corners and door openings (we have already spotted a couple of small hairline cracks), but the mesh should help prevent unsightly cracks that spread across large areas of stucco.