Stucco Chimney -- Keep or Renovate?
Good Afternoon, everyone! I am new to this forum so first let me wish you all a Happy Holiday season!
I am hoping that some of you would be kind enough to offers suggestions to me.
I purchased a cedar log home almost 9 years ago. The cabin was built about 30 years ago. It is built on the side of a mountain, so the basement/bottom level is exposed -- there is a main level and then a loft (now the master bedroom). I was fortunate enough to get a good deal, as the home was never finished. It was built as a spec house but once the occupancy permit was obtained the wife filed for divorce. She lived there for years and never finished the home, nor did she make any repairs when things broke. Nine years later and we're almost done.
The chimney is quite wide -- about 6 feet or so -- and is stucco. We did have a mason come in and do some repairs -- repair the cap and restucco the structure. We did this more as a temporary fix and make it more pleasing to the eye as we figure out what the permanent fix will be.
I have searched high and low and have yet to find any photos of log cabins with a stucco chimney. They all have field stone, river stone or brick. While my husband and I would love to have stone applied, it is very pricey based on the coverage area. We've looked at the manmade facing, and even that is above what we would like to spend.
Does anybody have suggestions?
Thank you for any help!