This week Tim the tile guy finished with the grouting of tiles, and the stucco contractor got the scratch coat of stucco on. The plan is to let the first coat of stucco dry for a week or so, and then "cure" the oven. The oven elements still have some water in them, which needs to be carefully driven out with a burn schedule that runs about 5 hours a day for 4 days. I've heard of people ignoring the curing schedule, and most often the result is a cracked oven. So....I'll be getting a nice warm coat on and hanging out in my yard for a few evenings after work. By curing the oven before the stucco is complete, we'll be able to see if there is any cracking of the stucco, and make changes as necessary. Here's a few pictures of the stucco scratch coat on the oven and kitchen:
My nieces Maddie and Lucy wanted to see pictures of the Texas state flag on the hearth. Below is a picture of that tile, and also one of my favorites - a crazy looking skeleton lady wearing a hat.