Now that the main sheets of drywall are up, it it possible to start stuccoing the outside of the house without worrying that the pounding of drywall nails will crack and knock off the stucco. About half of the first layer of stucco (called the “scratch” coat) is now on the house. The strawbale library is also getting its scratch coat. Soon it will blend in and be indistinguishable from the rest of the house from the outside (the removal of the big blue tarps will help with that!
The other exciting thing is that you can see from the front picture that the garage door has been installed. It, like most of the exterior doors, came unfinished because no one will put a clear coat finish on an exterior wood door because they don’t want to warranty the finish – even if the door is installed under a large overhang and is protected from direct sunlight, or is North facing… so we have been finishing all the exterior wood doors ourselves as they come in.