Pebbledash in a Queen Anne Gable

Pebbledash (or Roughcast) is a fairly uncommon exterior wall finish, described by Wikipedia as: “a coarse plaster surface used on outside walls that consists of lime and sometimes cement mixed with sand, small gravel, and often pebbles or shells… Roughcasting incorporates the stones in the mix, whereas pebbledashing adds them on top.”

I met the owners of this grand Queen Anne style mansion last weekend and heard about their plans for exterior restoration next summer. They’ve signed a contract with the painting contractor and have a lead on a craftsperson to restore the multiple stained glass windows in the house. It is wonderful to meet people willing to invest in giving fabulous houses the treatment they need to last another 150 years. I’m looking forward to seeing it again after the work is completed!

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