This was an exterior renovation on a large home that was sided originally with EIFS cladding (Exterior Insulation & Finish System). EIFS is essentially 1 to 1 ½ inches of Styrofoam attached directly to the plywood sheathing with a finish stucco coat applied over the Styrofoam. Styrofoam attached to a wood substrate is a very poor choice in our climate as the Styrofoam traps (and absorbs) excess moisture creating a perfect environment for dry rot and mold to occur.
This is what we call a “front only” EIFS replacement project. Many homes that have EIFS have it on the front elevation only which makes for a quicker (and less expensive transformation). When dealing with a “front only” we will take into account the siding type on the sides and back (typically Hardieplank or cedar) and match it. By adding additional accents (i.e. Cultured Stone) we can dress up the front for maximum curb appeal.