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The 2014 ‘Top Job’ Award Winning Project

The project that won it for us all over again in 2014.

This is the case study of the project we submitted to the American Painting Contractor (APC) for consideration of the 2014 TOP JOB award. This project allowed us to win the APC’s TOP JOB award for the second year in a row.

The Project

This project for the 2014 TOP JOB award is a blend of restoration and new work that was completed by Adix Painting, Inc. with Kris Dake. Success was achieved by using primarily Zinsser primers and Dunn Edwards (“DE”) paint products. When contractors follow specified product application procedures, we witness that great connection among product, contractor and homeowner.

 

This project was considered for 2014 TOP JOB because of the craftsmanship and skill required to overcome and master all surface challenges from old to new. The remodel started as a high-end rental project, but transformed into the new residence for Kris and her husband, Terry.

 

The Home

This home is 2,597 square feet and is an adobe and block home built in the 1960s. The home is built on a 6,643 square foot lot. It has central air conditioning with the returns underground, which is not characteristic of homes built in the 1960s in this area. Typically, an evaporative cooler was the only means of cooling. Unique features of this home are the long windows on the west side and open doors and windows on the east side, which are perfect for desert living.


Challenges & Solutions

Kris and I began with a meeting on April 11, 2014 to discuss the scope of the project and Kris was involved with many aspects of the prep throughout the project. The challenges of this project are listed below along with the steps taken to overcome the challenges.

The walls were plaster so new drywall had to be blended where walls had been moved, or opened. An opening was closed off by an addition of old and new adobe to make a closed room with exterior door and bath.


The exterior walls are unpainted adobe and the interior walls are a combination of plaster and painted adobe on interior.


The Saltillo flooring was originally going to remain, but then replaced with a wood floor. Where necessary, the concrete floor had to be built up with plywood.


The carport had been enclosed so it was re-opened to its original carport. A new roof and five new skylights were installed. 

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Our first restoration was to secure, spot prime and paint the cracked and failing fascia and paint the drip edge in the courtyard. The east facing wall had plywood siding with alligatoring, cracking and rotting areas. Peel Stop was applied followed by filling areas with Miracle Bond and Elastomeric products, then top-coated with DE Evershield 30 Terratone. 

 

The down spout had failing paint that went down to the metal when pressure-washed. We then applied Galvan aluminum primer by DE and top-coated with DE Evershield 40 5216 Autumn Umber.

 

The caulked areas of the carport were scraped and the nail holes filled where previous walls were removed. We spot-primed with Zinsser 1∙2∙3 and top-coated with DE Evershield 30 Terratone. The caulk used was PPG Top Gun 300 Elastomeric. We caulked along the edges where the fascia meets the tongue-in- groove wood carport ceiling.

 

 


 


Our first restoration was to secure, spot prime and paint the cracked and failing fascia and paint the drip edge in the courtyard. The east facing wall had plywood siding with alligatoring, cracking and rotting areas. Peel Stop was applied followed by filling areas with Miracle Bond and Elastomeric products, then top-coated with DE Evershield 30 Terratone. 

 

The down spout had failing paint that went down to the metal when pressure-washed. We then applied Galvan aluminum primer by DE and top-coated with DE Evershield 40 5216 Autumn Umber.

 

The caulked areas of the carport were scraped and the nail holes filled where previous walls were removed. We spot-primed with Zinsser 1∙2∙3 and top-coated with DE Evershield 30 Terratone. The caulk used was PPG Top Gun 300 Elastomeric. We caulked along the edges where the fascia meets the tongue-in- groove wood carport ceiling.

 

 


 

Outlet covers and switch plates were recessed in adobe and were attached with longer screws, but the outlets and switches were only being held on by the cover plates. We cut long plastic spacers to provide a tight mounting of the receptacle. Many adobe blocks had to be built up with stucco patch to provide a smooth surface for the cover plates to rest.


An aluminum atrium was attached to the back patio fascia which, when removed, exposed a split between two fascia boards that needed to be addressed. The holes and cracks between the fascia’s were filled and readied for a future Ramada.

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The back patio ceiling had paint and wood damage from a swamp cooler for a greenhouse that was removed. Failing paint was scraped and sealed and re-painted after caulking of ceiling. DE Evershield 10 (flat) Terratone was applied.

 

The door stops were removed from seven interior door casings and all jambs re-worked. The original casings were individually installed and cutting into plaster was not an option so each door was measured to fit. Aztec Door Company worked with us to coordinate success. The original paint was oil and when the door stops were removed, areas needed to be primed and cracks filled. We finished it smooth prior to the new door stop installation. DE primer Super U-365 makes for a great build primer.

A few door casings had water and termite damage that we filled with rock-hard and 3-M patch plus primer after new wood was installed to create a new jamb.

 

There are a total of thirteen doors on this property. All sliders had to be removed and two coats of Zinsser primer were applied, sanding between coats, and top-coated with DE Evershield 30. The challenge was to spray with HVPP because a new A/C unit had been installed and we needed minimal overspray to keep the warranty intact. We sprayed with the unit off and put extra filters on the A/C return lines and provided a portable swamp cooler for extra ventilation during this process. Backer rod and multiple caulk applications were required to address the surface where the adobe met the wood trim.

New windows were added on the east side of the house with metal-clad exteriors. The interior side of the window frame was used and new corner beads added and floated out into existing walls. Later in the project in the front bedroom, we added a window. The new window installed in the master bathroom had severe gaps between the plaster and the new window frame.


The entry door was a stained new door and trim where caulking and painting had to take place after install.

The master bedroom was first going to have a purchased closet system, but was changed to a built-in with six single floor-to-ceiling doors that were primed, caulked and painted by hand – no spraying.

 

Seven doors were removed, sprayed offsite and reinstalled. The wood jamb around the new striker plates had to be filled.

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The sliders off of the kitchen were lower than the utility and single doors so we painted the trim board above the slider to give the appearance that the doors were the same level.

 

We stripped the old electrical boxes and panels and painted all old and new conduits to match the down-spouts.



We caulked around the kitchen cabinets after the install to fill voids along the adobe.

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