We are working on a traditional stucco house ( 3 coat over
ply-vapor-and lath) and the owners dont like the look of it where the
stucco ends at the bottom edge.It is built on slab, and overhangs it,
such that it looks like the bottom plate and framing+sheathing was
flush with the edge of the slab, then the stucco of course is another
I realize you should allways see about 8" of the slab above grade, but
I wondered if there is any way to make it look nicer? In places, the
bottom metal edge of the stucco is even rusting from exposure.
If we carried the stucco down below grade we would be making a
potential hidden way in for termites..if they got behind it.
Any solution would have to be retrofit, and since the house has
excellent stucco, with virtually no cracking after 15 years, he wont
want to rip it all off.
Are ther any typical ways people make this look better?
One contractor suggested a foam trim to below grade , then rendered
over, but ditto--the termites are know to tunnel right up through the
Any ideas surely will be welcome