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Tar Paper is not a Durable Product

  My company is doing a remodeling project on a pretty young (11 year old) home in the Westlake area of Austin, TX.  This house was built by a design-build firm locally and my clients are dramatically changing the looks of the house.  I like to call this my “De-Tuscan” job.  It’s moving from a Tuscan style to a more modern aesthetic.  The good folks at FAB Architecture (not the original Architects BTW)have a killer design that re-uses the footprint of the house but makes major interior changes.  Anyhow, most of my remodeling jobs have been 20-30 year old Austin houses that were in rough shape.  I didn’t exactly know what to expect behind the walls but I figured the house would be pretty sound.  Well, that assumption was generally correct but I did find some failures.  In this video I’ll show you the partially demolished front entry area where the 11 year old wall waterproofing is in terrible shape.  I really think this house was saved by having gutters on it since it was built.  Had the gutters not been installed the walls would really have seen some mold/decay.  Anyhow, here’s a shot of the house pre-demo:

And here’s the video of what’s behind that rock wainscot and stucco entry:

-Matt Risinger