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sfk
Richmond, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 23, 2004
10:56 PM

Post #1206259

I have a friend with the backside of a 6 foot cinderblock wall down one side of their property. It has scraggly ivy on it now, but they want to make it look better. I was thinking some sort of dyed cement coating, not exactly stucco, since it's a tudor style house. Any ideas? (The dog pen remains are going to go. The wall runs right beside a nice sun room- 16 feet away.)

Appreciate your thoughts-
Susan

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darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

December 23, 2004
11:00 PM

Post #1206260

I see nothing wrong with parging the wall, and then the finish can be any number of styles. My personal is knock-down stucco, but tht's me.

edited to add:
Definition: A rough coat of mortar applied over a masonry wall as protection or finish.

http://www.infoforbuilding.com/Foundation_parging_N.html



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sfk
Richmond, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 24, 2004
1:30 PM

Post #1206957

Thanks- I was hoping you'd answer. I checked your very helpful link, and looked up cultured stone. I think that's going to be the answer.

Merry Christmas and Happy (belated) Solstice!

Susan
margmal
Washingtonville, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 27, 2005
1:14 PM

Post #1579552

Is it a south facing wall?

If it is with or without stucco, I'd espallier dwarf fruit trees on it!

http://encycl.opentopia.com/term/Espalier

sfk
Richmond, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 28, 2005
12:04 AM

Post #1581310

Thanks for the thought, but the wall is in shade, and I don't think fruit trees would do well enough. I ended up recommending a field stone facing.

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