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Old 06-21-2011, 04:03 PM   #1
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Pebbled Stucco / Concrete Foundation Veneering?

Forgive me if this is common and known under some name I can't find it under...

Has anyone tried to finish a foundation exterior base with applying a base mortar coat and then troweling/throwing on gravel into the bed to achieve this sort of look - Pebbledashing. If so, any tips or suggestions would be much appreciated. I had been looking into re-stuccoing or applying ledgestone veneer to my foundation base but had this idea. Any thoughts/tips, and how this idea might compare in cost, ease of install, and weathering? Thanks much!



Should I worry this will happen? Yikes!

p.s. sorry for not attaching as pics - on my cell and doesn't allow.

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Old 06-21-2011, 04:35 PM   #2
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Pebbled Stucco / Concrete Foundation Veneering?

I just read this on Wikipedia. WTF, for real? I would think tastefully done with other types of materials on the exterior it would be attractive.

"Though it is an occasional home-design fad, its general unpopularity is estimated to reduce the value of a property by up to 5%.[1]"

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Old 06-21-2011, 05:03 PM   #3
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Pebbled Stucco / Concrete Foundation Veneering?

Pebbledash used to be quite popular here, but has gone out of fashion now. It can be difficult to patch if any bits fall off.
It's best to use a waterproofer in the scratch coat. The top, or butter coat needs lime in the mix. The secret is to throw on the pebbles with a harling trowel when the mix has gone off just enough to hold them. Don't stand too close so the pebbles get a good spread. Don't try and cover all in on go, but go over it quite a few times. Then push them home with a wooden float.
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