Week 13 – Sand Man Pays Visit

22 01 2012

It was a very sandy, gritty week.  The top layer of our old stucco was sandblasted off revealing previous paint colors.  The original color was a pale green from 1950.  There was a layer of pink probably from the 80’s followed by the current cream color.  Needless to say this process left piles of sand all around. It even made its’ way into our bedroom closet light fixture along with some water that got into the attic through the eave vents.  That glass light fixture looked like a fish bowl on our ceiling with a light bulb inside instead of a fish.  (I didn’t get a chance to take a photo of it as Chris quickly removed it to dump out the water and sand.)  The contractor came over right away to check it out and put back a couple of eave vents that had blown into the attic.  I put a large fan in the attic to be sure the ceiling drywall dried out. All is well.

     Sandblasting Aftermath

This is the view from inside the house during the sandblasting.  Did I mention how loud it was?


After the sandblasting the moon was out early, so I took a few photos.  I got this great shot on my Canon PowerShot in the manual mode and opening the aperture which resulted in a black sky even though it was still twilight.


On Saturday they applied the “brown” coat of stucco to even out the old stucco and make a nice even surface for the final color coat.  Note the pile of sand in the driveway. In a couple of weeks they will apply the final color coat around the whole house, so the addition will look like it was always there.   We can’t wait.


Stucco brown coat Second Stucco Layer

TILE WORK BEGINS IN THE NEW MASTER BATHROOM – They brought in another pile of sand in our driveway, this time to mix mortar for the bathroom tile prep.  More on this next week, but now it’s time to play in the sand.

Shower Stall Cemented Shower Floor Tile Prep

Tiling in Progress Shower Wall Tile Goes Up


Weeks 11 – 12 Mud & Mortar

12 01 2012

I called this Mud & Mortar week, because there was a lot of both being slapped up.  On the interior, drywall mud went up throughout the addition and in parts of our existing house.   Meanwhile the first layer of stucco, called a “scratch” coat, was applied on the exterior.

DRYWALL MUD – There’s a ton of it everywhere.  In the left photo the area above the window is all mud to level out those cut-out areas with the earthquake straps.  In the right photo is looking down the hallway.  Didn’t realize they use so much of the stuff.  And it all has to be sanded smooth. They wet sanded, but there’s still a lot of residue and dust.  Respirators and masks are a must around this stuff.  Best just to avoid the area altogether if you can.


  < THE BATHROOM VANITY goes on this wall.

Below the tub got a good dose of mud in and around it that I wiped off before it hardened.  And next to it the doors in the laundry room are covered in plastic.



STUCCO – The first “scratch” coat is applied.  It’s cement on your house, the norm in California.


At the last minute we decided to cover up the old brick chimney.


We also decided to restucco the whole house, so that will add a few extra days to the project timeline. Oh well, at least the new and old will be seamless, which you’ll see in a few weeks.   After this we took a week off to be with family over the holidays.  There was no snow, for which some of us were very thankful, while others were very disappointed.  One final task of 2011 was to buy and install locking door knobs, which really made us realize it won’t be long before we get to live in this new part of our house on greenwood.  Thanks for following along!