The Project: A 2,163 square foot house utilizing dry stack concrete block construction with a central courtyard and based on the Spanish colonial-era missions in San Antonio.The Challenge: Can a forty-something married couple design and build an attractive, efficient and mostly paid-for house while remaining sane, solvent and married? With no actual prior construction experience? Hmmmmm - let's check in on our Contestants and see how they're doing...
|Sometimes, I just have to stop and smell the, uhhhhhh, plaster. Take this particular moment, for instance. The master bedroom wing is plastered, the construction mess is almost cleaned up and the afternoon sun pours through like butterscotch, splashing color on the walls as it refracts through the leaded glass windows.|
|The two walls of this corner of the master bedroom wing were plastered with either joint compound or plaster of paris to compare performance and looks. Since I'm unable to spot much difference between the finished product (and both have held up well during a spell of humidity and rain), we're going to go with the joint compound as being pre-mixed and easier to apply.|
|I've just finished muscling a new batch of joint compound onto one wall of the barrel vault. The new plaster on the right will dry to the color of the earlier work on the left. I'm glad I'm not doing this stuff on top of shaky ladders any more...|
|These built-in light sconces look better covered with plaster, don't they? The end result will look like the traditional adobe walls in the Spanish missions we're modeling ourselves after. I hope to have these things wired by the middle of next month.|
|A closer look at the texture provided by the joint compound. We will cover the plaster with a combination sealer and primer to protect the plaster from moisture, then finish with a latex-based paint. At this point, your humble correspondent is covered in white, sticky plaster and decides to call it a day on the great white way...|
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