Got to help out on a really fun plaster job with Kata Polano at a home near Santa Barbara, California. The 40's style cabin is being entirely retrofitted to withstand the Santa Barbara threats of wildfire. By finishing almost all the interior and exterior surfaces of the house with earth plaster (including eaves), this home is virtually fire-proof and hopefully if one did come it would pass right by.
The style is really elegant and the color palette is just charming. Kata has a great sense for earthen finishes. It was also lovely to work with this all-female crew. Somehow getting dirty together always makes for good friends.
Eva mixes plaster
Sculpting the bar between the kitchen and livingroom
Awesome steel bracket details support the salvaged granite countertop.
Kata does aliz (clay paint) with lots of mica onto the kitchen ceiling.
Blue glass bottles in the ferrocement roof wash great colors onto the wall.
I work on a window detail, more mica aliz!
The finished porch window
Amit plasters an exterior wall
The most beautiful mechanical wall ever!
Earthen plaster surrounds each of the utility boxes and cable conections.
Once dry they can be stored and then saved for repairs. Since we use custom dye-lots, this is the best way to get an exact match.
An interior niche filled with light from a solatube. Note: this is not on an exterior wall, it coming through the center of the house.
We even celebrated with a rocket-stove baked pizza.
Eva and Art are really excited about it, so adorable!