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Tuesday, October 25, 2011


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Barbara H.

Oh my goodness, this just blows my mind! What a huge job - in addition to all the work that went before it. Thanks for sharing your thoughtful process. Now I'm really anxious for the next installment.

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener

Mark, I'm pretty sure you're my DIY god. I had no idea what a huge project this was. I'm exhausted just reading about it. I understand now why this is a project that took some time.

Lisa at Greenbow

All I can say is that you are worth more money than what you are being paid to do this. ;) I bet you didn't have to go to the gym any when you were doing this job. That is a LOT of stucco. I can't imagine what it would be like to do a house.

Julie Siegel

Well, since I have seen this project through many of the seven years, I KNOW how daunting its conception & execution is. And I'm still totally awed. Especially because I know how thorough and artistic Mark is. Congrats on this latest step! I hope to see it next year on an annual trek to fabulous Madison.


Wow, Mark, wow. I am amazed by your DIY skills -- and courage.

Mortar Sprayer

Hello Mark,
Your project looks amazing! I was sorry to read that you had to rely on the PCA manual to get started. I did the same thing about 12 years ago and was hoping for more.
Times have changed and I now help people with stucco questions with a site dedicated to stucco and also the back up of a stucco consultant if I get stumped. It looks like you have it all figured out but if I can help with anything, please let me know. Your project is amazing! The style of infill stucco over foam, between the boards reminds me of a project in Washington:

Best regards,
Nolan Scheid

Ula Heximer

A man with your skills deserves an award. Building a tea house is not a joke, especially if you do it by yourself. I'm kinda envious of your skill. Wish I could build a tea house or a tree house too.

Liam Manning

I remember my mom using a bunch of stucco on her dream home. It actually looked pretty cool. I think it would be fun to have on our new home. I was looking at some options at this site:, what would you recommend?

The Stucco Guy

Stucco is a hard trade for most homeowners to take on. You did a phenomenal job, using a hawk and trowel takes a little while to master..... and yes they get very heavy.

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